Under 23's Rider
Riding for: About 7 years
Best race result to date: 5th at the Manchester Wheeler’s 2 Day August 2015
2016 Season Goals
Unfortunately I have limited time to race this year due to the amount of compulsory field trips I have. However, i will focus on some early season races – I am aiming to be competitive at a regional and national level. I would also really like to be part of a proper team performance in races throughout this year, we have an immensely strong team that is definitely capable of delivering a lot of wins! Throughout the summer I will be in the French Alps for a few weeks as I work as a cycle guide for a cycle touring company (they’re called Polka Dot Cycling Holidays and they are a fantastic company!), so I have some personal aims to get PBs up some of the famous Alpine climbs like Alp D’Huez!Jess
Top 2015 Results
- Manchester Wheelers Women’s 2-day Stage Race (Overall) – 5th
- Racing Chance Foundation Circuit Races (2/3/4 Women) – 3rd
- British Universities & Colleges Sport Track Championship 2015 (Women’s Points Race) – 3rd
Q&A with Jess
First Bike: A black Focus Cayo
Hardest thing about cycling: Keeping up the motivation to get out on the bike in the cold winter months!
First Cycling Club: Salt Ayre Cog Set.
Favourite cycling memory: Riding up Mt. Teide (Tenerife) for the first time when I was 16. It took me 3hrs30, and the longest climb I had done previous to that must’ve been about 20 minutes long! I really felt like I had broken through a huge glass ceiling, and it was the first time I started to realise how much you can achieve on the bike!
Favourite Climb: Cormet De Roselend in the French Alps (the scenery just blew me away).
Favourite film: Either While You Were Sleeping or How To Train Your Dragon (I love Dreamworks films!)
Favourite Race: My favourite race I’ve competed in would have to be the Junior race alongside the Arctic Tour of Norway 2014 in Tromso. It was a tough course with a punishing climb and the scenery was absolutely stunning (we were surrounded by huge fjords and I found it hard not to get distracted by the view!). My favourite professional race to watch would have to be one of the Spring Classics, like E3 or Liège–Bastogne–Liege, as they are just so exciting!
Who inspired you to start cycling: My Dad – he has raced on the bike for the majority of his life and he has always been incredibly supportive of me and my cycling.
Cycling Heroes: Geraint Thomas and Lizzie Armitstead
What do you love most about cycling: I love that cycling can take you to so many different and amazing places, and that even after over five years of racing I am still learning a lot!
Pre race rituals: I don’t feel properly ready to race unless I’ve done my usual warm up. It includes a ramp up and some high cadence spins outs to get my lungs and legs working!
Have you broken any bones while racing: I have never broken any bones (touch wood!), but I’ve been knocked out a few times.
Interest outside of cycling: I love music and I play the clarinet and piano.
Favourite food: I am a bit of a nutella addict.
What career are you training for away from cycling: I am currently doing a degree in Natural Sciences (specifically geology and chemistry) at the University of Cambridge and it (unfortunately) has to take priority over cycling!
Pets: A three year old black Cockapoo called Asha (she is very cute but very mischievous).
Favourite Warm Up Music
Jess's Latest Blogs
We have some exciting Team22 WRT news. This is how our 2017 line up looks. We will be welcoming some new junior riders but we will also be losing some wonderful people who we wish well on their new ventures and thank them for their hard work. Over 23 Riders -...read more
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@jonathanabra Until the end of the season in theory, yep! 🙂