Katie Colclough1st October, 1990 | United Kingdom
The young Brit on the team. She’s only in her third year as a senior. And this is already her second year with a trade team. A great all-around rider who loves to power the flats and can get over what she calls “reasonable hills,” she’s happy to have a go at anything. And she’s here to learn from the more seasoned riders. “You learn loads in this environment,” she says, “because we’re all in it together. It’s not like a National Team environment where everyone is racing for themselves.”
Katie got into riding through the tests done in schools by British Cycling when she was fourteen. By sixteen, she had specialized in road and track and was going to residential camps on weekends and holidays to train. When she turned eighteen, she moved to Manchester to race track, and this year, she will be turning her focus entirely to the road.
Her big goals for 2012: Make selection for the Olympics in her home country and to win some road races now that she is focusing fully on road.
If she had never started cycling, she’d be: A ski instructor in Austria.
Her favorite thing about cycling: teamwork, travel, meeting different people. “I also like having something to work toward,” she says. “I like to train scientifically…and I like a bit of turbo.” What? That’s what the British call riding the trainer.
Her least favorite part of the sport: The tan lines.
Her nickname: Mask. Because her face doesn’t change no matter how hard she’s riding.
Her mantra: Do what makes you happy. Live for the day.
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