Road Cyclist: 2019 and 2020 Giro Rosa stage winner, and Tour de Yorkshire Queen of the Mountain
Born: Malvern, UK
Date of birth: 7th November 1990
Lives & trains: Sheffield, UK
Team: Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling
Lizzy is an English professional road racing cyclist who rides on the UCI WomensTour. Having started road racing whilst at University of Sheffield in 2015 (buying a bike for £100 before her first sportive), her rise to the WorldTour has been a rapid one.
The inaugural women’s Tour de Yorkshire in 2015 was Lizzy’s first race in the professional peloton after achieving enough points on the local circuit to get a start. It was brutal and even with a snapped gear cable Lizzy was loving it and sprinting hard in the only gear she had! This progressed to racing in the national series and Lizzy was spotted by a domestic British team which which further fuelled her determination to rise up the ranks.
Lizzy started racing the UK National Road Series in 2016 and came third in her first race, before the following races proved not as successful with a dramatic crash and sustaining terrible concussion, to put her out for the rest of the season. A second painful crash was just 6 days before her wedding, meaning she was covered in plasters and bruises and had a 10cm laceration in her scalp, thankfully able to be covered up by her hair! In 2017 Lizzy came back strong and won the National Road Series overall.
Lizzy was seven years into her medical degree with only 9 months left before she quit medical school to pursue her cycling dream. Having taken time out to intercalate, she was just returning to finish her training, whilst also completing a Masters in public health. She found her mind elsewhere and ultimately knew she didn't want to be a doctor, so after listening to many different opinions and pressure from all sides, with the support of her husband she made the emotional decision to leave. Lizzy was told ‘it’s often the easier thing to just carry on, and it can be the hardest decision to change direction and stray from the norm’. Lizzy’s view was that ‘she couldn't throw away the opportunity to try to become one of the best cyclists in the world and didn't want to regret a missed opportunity'. Cycling took hold, and this is the psychological strength that Lizzy has in bundles and puts straight into her cycling performances today.
In 2018, Lizzy signed her first professional contract with UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, claiming some solid results including 9th in Chrono Gatineau.
The 2019 season was a great one for Lizzy with multiple top 10 results, including winning Stage 8 of the longest race on the women’s calendar, the Giro Rosa. She also finished ninth overall in the Tour de Yorkshire in May along with the Stage 1 Queen of the Mountain jersey, and seventh overall in the Women’s Tour in June.
Lizzy started her 2020 season with a 6th position in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, and once the calendar resumed in late 2020 she had quick success with a 2nd place at GP de Plouay, and a breakaway stage win at the Giro Rosa on Stage 4 (170km) from Assisi to Tivoli. Lizzy joined Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling for the 2021 season however sadly crashed during the Strade Bianche in early March. Lizzy finished the race, but began to experience concussion symptoms afterwards and has since been recovering at home in Sheffield. She hopes to be back on the start line soon, and back to racing that she loves. To find out more, you can listen to this Cycling Podcast - Service Course episode where she talks about her return.
Off the bike, Lizzy is a co-host of The Cycling Podcast - Service Course going behind the scenes with some of the leading kit manufacturers, designers and innovators in cycling. When Lizzy's not following her love of travel, she likes to cook her way around the world instead. Lizzy also has a keen interest in supporting grass roots cycling projects, particularly with children from under-privileged backgrounds having spent time in care herself. She loves music and impressively has a professional performance diploma in the flute.