Posted: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:25
Becky Raybould shares her story from track cycling in Dorset to representing Team GB:
In 2012 I had the chance to try track cycling over 10 weeks which was funded by Active Dorset as part of their Sportivate programme.
By the winter I decided to try my first competitive track race. It was a weekly track league. I loved the thrill of racing and we were soon travelling all over the country for me to attend as many races as possible.
I joined a cycling club, Poole Wheelers, and they nominated me to go to monthly training sessions with British cycling.
Both my club and British Cycling encouraged me to road ride and during 2013 I went from racing locally to regionally and nationally in both track and road racing.
British Cycling have a talent programme which aims to support riders in the country and to train them to become successful at National, European, World & Olympic levels and after I attended the track nationals in 2013 I was lucky enough to be invited to a Talent team selection camp. Within a couple of weeks, I was told that I had got a place upon their programme. In 2014 I got onto the Junior Olympic development programme, and now I am on their Senior Programme.
Since joining the British Cycling programme I have been taken to lots of different countries in order to race for Great Britain at European level for both road & track but the highlight of my cycling to date has to be, becoming World Scratch Race champion in August 2016 in Aigle Switzerland.
Cycling is a tough sport. I train 6 days a week all year round, sometimes for 4 or more hours a day and often double days with multiple sessions, my aim is to continue to work hard and achieve good results so that I can stay on the British rider programme as my ultimate goal would be to represent GB at the Tokyo Olympics in a track event.
Sponsors and funding are vital and helped me to find track cycling. I am always thankful to Active Dorset, The Wey Valley school and local trusts, Sir Samuel Mico and the Lord Lieutenants Fund which have enabled me to be able to buy equipment to make me more competitive and shave vital seconds off my timed events.
I only hope that if I keep working hard and try my very best, one day I will become one of GB's best track cyclists.
Written by Becky Raybould