Every month we meet a different member of the LCRC who gives details about their past and future cycling!
This month: Niamha Albones - Star of the Future
1.WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT IN A RIDE / RACE?
The 2018 School Games, after being selected for team North West. I was selected alongside some of my racing friends and we were lucky to have a strong team. We stayed in the Loughborough Uni accommodation and were supplied with kit to race in and kit for walking about in. The racing was one of the most organised events with amazing courses, including track racing in Derby Velodrome, street sprints and a final hilly racing day. It was an amazing experience racing with a great team and representing my region.
2.WHAT IS THE FAVOURITE BIKE YOU HAVE RIDDEN?
Definitely the Ribble R872, I’ve had this frame since I was U12 and had it replaced it for a bigger one once I had grown out of it. I love how it is lightweight and has Ultegra components and matches my kit.
3.WHO IS YOUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE RIDER AND WHY?
I would have to say that my all-time favourite rider has to be Marianne Vos. I think she is such a well-rounded cyclist with amazing skills in road, track, MTB and cyclocross to a such a high ability. Her bike handling skills along with her speed are amazing. She has been compared to Eddy Merckx as being “the finest cyclist of her generation”.
4.WHAT ARE YOUR CYCLING HOPES FOR THE REST OF 2018 and 2019?
This year I am being kept really busy with my impending GCSE’s and my GB Apprentice training.
My racing plans for 2019 are currently to compete in more time trials and possibly a team time trial. I’m hoping to go into the National Tour of the Isle of Man Tour with good form and get some good results there. I’m also competing in the Northern and Scottish track omniums with top form to try and qualify, then National finals later on in the year.
A massive goal for me is also to improve my hill climbing as that’s one of my biggest weaknesses so hopefully I can get some good training in the months to come.
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