Road Cyclist: Junior National Hill Climb Champion and Junior National 10 Mile Champion
Date of birth: 1st April 2002
Lives & trains: North Yorkshire / Manchester
Team: U23 Womens Senior Academy Endurance Squad
Abi is a road racing cyclist and one of the UK’s most promising youngsters. Born into an active family, Abi spent her childhood chasing her brother and doing lots of outdoor activities. She got her first little bike at the age of 4, and things progressed from there. When her brother started to do triathlons, obviously Abi wanted to get involved too – so 8 years in a row of the Yorkshire Regional Triathlon and she made it onto the podium! After catching everyone after being at the back on the swim, and then losing gains on the run the realisation hit that cycling was her strongest discipline so she started to enter a few local bike races.
In 2018 Abi entered her first National Youth Road Series event, the Youth Tour of London. After surprising everyone, including herself, Abi placed top 10 on all four stages, including a 2nd place on the final stage after initiating a breakaway. It was here that a British Cycling scout was watching, and after a short conversation she was invited onto the junior academy programme – the rest is history.
Abi won the women’s Junior National Road Series in 2019 – her first year as a junior – and rounded off the season with a 34th place in the Junior women’s road race at the Road World Championships in Yorkshire. Being selected for this international race is one of her biggest achievements to date, as she’d only being cycling ‘properly’ for just under a year.
Like most athletes in 2020, the season was mostly a write-off, however Abi still managed to seek out success to win two national accolades – the Junior National Hill Climb Championship and the Junior National 10 Mile Championship.
Having stepped up from the junior ranks, Abi is currently is a member of the Great Britain Cycling Team’s Senior Academy and looking ahead to hopefully join a trade team in the near future. Having now finished school, Abi is excited about the prospect of being able to focus 100% on her training and develop both her track and road skills with the support of her coaches.
In 2021, Abi took home a win in the first elite women’s road race to be held in Britain for over 660 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic – the Women’s CiCLE Classic. This formed the first round of the National Road Series so will look to try and achieve some more national and international results throughout this season.
Abi is keen to keep the variety in play, riding on both the road and the track, however admits that key goals will be road-focussed and that’s where her preference lies. She loves the freedom of exploring open roads and feeling confident, so is looking to translate this to the track. Being so young and still learning all the time – her general goals remain fairly broad to develop herself as a rider, maintain her health and wellbeing but also has key aspirations to pick up some good results at some of the biggest races both at home and abroad.
Abi describes herself as an all-rounder, although her sustainable power is definitely one of her strengths. This could potentially lend itself to time-trialling in the future so exciting to see how her career evolves.