The Hour Record holder on baking brownies and winning a can of warm beer


Where’s home?

It’s a big question. At the moment it’s Staffordsh­ire. I live there with Dan [Bigham] - we moved in just as lockdown came in. We thought we’d be there a few weeks but it has turned into a year and a half. We are moving to Andorra in January, though, and I’m from Lewes in East Sussex originally.

What’s your favourite race?

I loved the Women’s Tour this year. It was the first time I’d raced it. To race on home roads with the crowds and stuff was good. Loads of family came to watch, so I definitely enjoyed it, even if it wasn’t the most exciting event.

What’s your favourite climb?

When you have a favourite climb, it also becomes one that you want to ride really hard on and get a good time on, which means you’ve probably been suffering on it, which means you’ll hate it. I think it’s probably the Coll de Rates near Calpe, not because I particular­ly like the climb, but it’s everything around it that I like.

Where in the world would you like to get lost on your bike?

The Peak District, because there are so many roads and little climbs, but you know you’re always 15 minutes away from a cafe.

What’s your secret talent?

I don’t think it’s a secret, but I’ll put it out there that I make the world’s best brownies. I’ll do wedding cakes as well, which are a take on the ultimate brownie.

What’s the best prize you’ve won?

The one that has given me the most amount of happiness was this can of Heineken I won in a school fete tombola when I was nine. Me

“The best prize I’ve won is a can of Heineken I won in a school fete tombola when I was nine. Me and my friend Mary drank it”

and my friend Mary drank this warm can. It was so much fun and we loved it.

If you had one extra hour in the day what would you do?

See my family and friends more. We’re on the road travelling a lot, so time for that would be very welcome.

When were you last star struck?

I’m not really affected like this, but I’ve had moments. When I was in Tokyo as a reserve for the Olympic team, I went out riding with Geraint Thomas, the Yates brothers and Tao Geoghegan Hart. We stopped and had some coffees and I had this moment of thinking this was cool.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Don’t stress about following the prescribed route, I think. Make up your route yourself. You don’t have to follow one, and you can take deviations.

What’s been your toughest day on the bike?

Stage 3 of the Healthy Ageing Tour this year. It was laps of the VAMberg, which is so far off my kind of racing. There was sleet, it was freezing cold, I couldn’t press the Di2 to change gear and I couldn’t brake. I have just never experience­d pain like it and I had hypothermi­a afterwards. Just 34 finished and I finished by pushing my bike over the line.

What result are your proudest of?

Probably finishing that race above.

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