Golden cou­ple hop­ing for more glory in Rio

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - KAREN BRIT­TON

AN Olympic cou­ple who have amassed five gold medals be­tween them are gear­ing up for more suc­cess in Rio.

Cy­clists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny, who live in Chelford, have been pound­ing the Mac­cles­field hills ahead of the Olympic Games, due to be held in Rio in Au­gust.

Laura, 24, is hop­ing to add to her haul af­ter win­ning two gold medals in the om­nium and team pur­suit cy­cling events at the Lon­don 2012 games.

And fi­ance Jason Kenny, who has three golds af­ter tri­umph­ing in Lon­don 2012 and Beijing 2008, is hop­ing his train­ing will keep him at the top of his game.

Laura, who is orig­i­nally from Hert­ford­shire but moved to Mac­cles­field with Jason three years ago to be nearer to the home of Bri­tish Cy­cling in Manch­ester, says that Mac­cles­field has been very wel­com­ing to the cou­ple.

She said: “We love liv­ing in Mac­cles­field. It’s great to have the town but be so close to the coun­try­side. We’ve been made to feel at home here.

“We do road rides from our home in Chelford and if we want hill train­ing we only need to head out to the Cat and Fid­dle and back down through Mac­cles­field.

“There are dif­fer­ent phases to my train­ing. I have a full train­ing diary.”

As a perk of her train­ing, Laura’s home has been given a make-over by fur­ni­ture com­pany DFS, an of­fi­cial part­ner of Team GB, which she says is the per­fect an­ti­dote to all her train­ing.

She said: “With all my train­ing, it’s im­por­tant to have rest and re­lax­ation too and now I have a lovely new liv­ing room to chill out in. When you’re train­ing, rest is so im­por- tant to get the most out of your train­ing and let your mus­cles re­cover.

“I’m not re­ally ner­vous yet but I may get more ner­vous when it gets closer.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing for Jason and me and we just want to be ready.”

Laura was born a month pre­ma­turely with a col­lapsed lung and was later di­ag­nosed with asthma. She be­gan cy­cling with her mother and her tal­ent was spot­ted.

Laura holds the Na­tional Road ti­tle and was also the first Bri­tish woman to win two gold medals – both on home turf at the Lon­don games in 2012.

Hav­ing won nu­mer­ous World and Euro­pean ti­tles as a ju­nior, Jason won golds in Team Sprint in 2008 at Beijing, In­di­vid­ual Sprint for the Lon­don 2012 and re­tained his Team Sprint ti­tle.

●● Great Bri­tain’s Laura Trott and Jason Kenny are gear­ing up for the 2016 Olympics, in­set, Laura en­joys a home makeover thanks to of­fi­cial Team GB part­ner DFS

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