Next up in my series of interviews with female cyclists is Becca. A junior cyclist from Yorkshire who races for Racescene Female Development Academy. A team that helps develop young riders to potentially go on to compete at international level by creating links with continental cycling teams. Competing in road, time trial and cyclocross, I find out how Becca got into cycling.
How did you get into cycling?
Becca – I started cycling in 2014 after going to watch the Tour De France with my Dad. Cycling is my life now, whether I’m watching it, racing or training.
What made you want to start racing?
Becca – I’d watch races with my Dad and friends from my cycling club, which made me want to have a go myself. It was through my local club that I started racing. This progressed to getting signed for RFDA, which gave me the opportunity to race at the Healthy Ageing Women’s Tour, one of the Junior Women’s World Tour races.
Your team look like they’re big advocates for female cyclists?
RFDA was only formed last year, but support girls from the Youth B category up to those under 23. They’re a Yorkshire based team with Polypipe as a main sponsor. Polypipe are great for helping us fund some of our races and cycling trips. Race scene, a bike shop in Barnsley, also sponsor the team. Richard the owner wanted to help female cyclists, which is why he started the idea for the team in the first place. As a team we all get along and have a close relationship, so I love being a part of it.
What are your big ambitions in cycling?
I hopefully want to make it pro, at least to British level pro. But mainly I just want to enjoy it, make friends and be happy through it.
To anyone out there who’s thought about trying a cycling race, what would you say?
Try it, there’s no harm in trying. The thrill makes me happy and it really helps my mental health and fitness, so definitely give it a try. If you’re scared, don’t be worried to message someone and ask what racing is like. We all love talking about it!
With big ambitions, Becca will be another name to look out for as well as other RFDA riders.
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