Rachel Crighton

Rachel Crighton

Under 23's Rider

Age: 22

Nickname: Rach

Height: 166cms

Hometown: Alyth

Best race result to date: 2nd Kilmarnock Crit

View Rachel’s British Cycling 2016 Race Results page

2016 Season Goals

Looking ahead to this year, I think there is a lot of exciting things in store. This year I’ve set no goals, and plan to have no expectations. Why?

Well, this year is going to be a huge learning curve for me, both physically and mentally. Physically, I’ll be pushed to my limits: long, hard training weeks; plus intense weekends racing and travelling. The pelotons in England will be much bigger and the opportunity to do well decreased. There will be a higher chance of crashes, injury and fatigue. Mentally, staying positive and motivated can be difficult when you’re tired or not getting the results you want.

But I’m looking forward to the challenge. That’s what makes life interesting. My plan is just to enjoy the ride, to learn from others who are more experienced, to become a stronger cyclist, to train hard and most of all? Make use of every opportunity that comes my way. It’s going to be a tough year, but I’ll embrace the challenge with open arms.

Rachel

Top 2015 Results

  • Kilmarnock Criteriums (E/1/2/3/4) Result – 2nd
  • Kinross CC Orchils Women’s Road Race Result – 2nd
  • Ivy Ladies Road Race (E/1/2/3/4) Result – 3rd

Favourite cycling memory

 

Completing the Schwarzwald Super Cycling Marathon this year. Amazing experience. I’ve written a wee piece on the experience…

Staff stories: Cycling the Schwarzwald Super Gold

Where it all began After less than a year of cycling, it was quite clear that I had a passion for the sport. I loved the hills, the freedom that came with being on the bike, and most of all I liked the continual building of physical strength.

 

What I love most about cycling

 

I love the freedom that comes with riding your bike. When I am on the bike all that matters is me and those two wheels. Sometimes I have no direction, no plan, and I just go wherever my fancy takes me. Scotland is a beautiful place, and I’ve seen a lot of my surrounding area simply cycling it and taking it all in. It’s a simple pleasure: an attack on your senses, the smells, the scenery and the sounds.

Favourite warm up music

 

Q&A with Rachel

 

First bike: Trek Silque

Hardest thing about cycling: Not being too hard on yourself when you feel like your training session or results could have been better.

Favourite Climb: Cairn o’ Mount or Glenshee Hill climb.

Cycling inspiration: Luis Coutinho and Fergus Brown have helped encourage , motivate and improve my cycling both socially and on the race scene.

Pets: A chocolate Labrador named Fudge.

Cycling Hero: Eddie Merckx

First Cycling Club: Dundee Thistle

Pre-race rituals: Checking, re-checking and checking again that I have everything I need.

Favourite food: Porridge. Yum

Favourite film: Titanic. I have watched it more times than I care to count.

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