April Tacey is 17 years old, from Birstall, Leicester and one of Leicestershire's up and coming talented road cyclists.
'Moving into the Junior women`s category last year (2017) was quite a step up from youth racing, so instead of racing for an hour on a closed circuit my races were anything from 40 - 60+ miles on open roads. Racing against the world's very best junior riders fuels my passion and motivation to succeed as a world class cyclist. These races provide valuable racing experience during my transition into elite adult women`s races.
I feel I adapted well and one of my highlight's from last year was to win one of the very few Junior women`s only races which was around 50 miles and attracted over 50 riders. Last year my racing team was given the opportunity to take part in a UCI. Junior stage race in the Netherlands, racing such an event proved valuable and I learnt so much from the whole experience.
The Netherlands race ` Omloop Van Borsele` is one of many oversees races I plan to race, and as a 2nd Junior and with all the hard training I have put in I hope to attain better results particularly in the time trial (stage 1).
Cycling is a very expensive sport and racing in multidisciplinary cycling events makes it even more expensive in terms of all the bikes that are required, servicing and repair bills. Race entries and travel cost soon mount up especially when participating at National & International level. I train 5-6 days a week and being in full time education (currently studying a BTEC in sport at Loughborough College) it leaves very little spare time to be able to hold down any kind of part time job so I am completely reliant upon my parents and funding such as an `Inspire Award Grant` will really help make a difference.
Simon Taylor, Inspire lead, said: ' April shows a single mindness and commitment to her sport that we felt was very deserving . We hope that the Award will help her to achieve her goals in the coming season.'
National Track Championships
Posted: 31st Jan, 2019
Last week I had a busy few days up in Manchester as I took part in the Senior National Track Championships. I narrowly missed qualification in the 3km Individual pursuit and the scratch race final but... Read More »
World Championships in Austria
Posted: 2nd Nov, 2018
On the 27th September I competed in my first ever World Road Championships representing Great Britain and what an amazing experience it was! A few days before the big event I flew out to Munich with several... Read More »
Road World Championship selection
Posted: 19th Sep, 2018
Last week I received some exciting news informing me that I've been selected to represent the Great Britain Cycling Team in the Junior Women's World Road Race Championship in Innsbruck, Austria later this... Read More »
Ras na mBan 5 day stage race
Posted: 13th Sep, 2018
Last week I took part in the Ras na mBan, Ireland's premier International stage race covering 391km of racing over 5 days. This would be my long stage race to date, I wasn't phased by what was to come... Read More »
National 10 mile time trial Championships
Posted: 2nd Sep, 2018
I've just returned back from Scotland having competed in the National 10 mile Time-trial Championships, my first National 10 mile TT outside of the GHS.
We drove up the day before so I could check out the... Read More »
North West Junior Women's Tour
Posted: 29th Aug, 2018
Last weekend I travelled up north to Lancaster to compete in the final round of the Junior Women's National Road Series; North West Junior Women's Tour. Prior to the 3 day stage event I was leading by... Read More »
Healthy Ageing Tour - GB Debut
Posted: 9th Jul, 2018
With the first half of the race season now completed I thought I would begin by sharing my experiences and results via my blog and what better way to start than with my GB debut.
Back in April I was asked... Read More »
Posted: 19th Feb, 2018
I've just returned from a very successful weekend at the BUCS Canoe Slalom Championships, where my University (Nottingham) won! It was a cold weekend at the Tees Barrage White Water Course, where we came... Read More »