Katie archibald on neah evans

Cycling Weekly - - INTERVIEW -

“I met her at Rev­o­lu­tion Glas­gow in 2015. I’d just heard there was a new per­son on the Scot­tish Cy­cling pro­gramme. “She won one of the sprints in a points race and I re­mem­ber think­ing, ‘Woah!’ be­cause a gap opened up and at first I thought, I’ll get on the back of this but she was gone. It was a se­ri­ous turn of pace but then she went bang and that was race over. She’s not re­ally lost that speed but she can do it again and again now. “She’s blunt, very chatty once you get her go­ing. She’s very in­tel­li­gent. “She just stands out — I mean that as a com­pli­ment. No one wants to be nor­mal and she’s not nor­mal. She’ll do some­thing weird and you’ll roll your eyes and be like, ‘She was home schooled.’ We’ll make fun of her about that and she’ll say, ‘I was so­cialised, I went to pony club,’ and we’ll be like, ‘Yeah, that makes you sound re­ally nor­mal now.’ “She’s con­fi­dent in her opin­ion but not force­ful with her voice. And she’s very fast.”

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