Rebecca Laurel

Rebecca Laurel

Sports Award



I am 20 years old, from Leicester and studying civil engineering at university. I started cycling with a club at the age of 13 and have gone on to compete in various disciplines (cyclocross, road and mountain biking). Over the years, I have been to many coaching sessions run by different coaches with different aims. When I became too old to ride the children's sessions, I decided that I would turn to coaching to stay involved in an environment I loved. Through helping at club sessions and British Cycling holiday activities, I completed the Cycling Award for Young Volunteers scheme to the highest level. Since turning 18, I completed my Level 2 cycling qualification. Last year, I completed my road and time trial qualification and this year, I completed a Cyclocross and a track cycling qualification. I am proud to a member of the British Cycling National Youth Forum, working with other young people to make improvements to activities for children. I have been involved in many great opportunities and have helped a wide range of abilities, from children learning to how to ride to young riders winning races. This year has been a great year for my coaching development and I was amazed to be awarded the 'unsung hero' award at the university cycling club Christmas dinner.

JHMT's Support

I am delighted to receive the award and it will enable me to continue on the coaching pathway and help me to give more children the opportunity to ride bikes.

Simon Taylor, Inspire lead, said: ' We are particularly pleased to make this award to someone who as well as being individually excellent is striving to help others develop too . We wish Rebecca well



Posted: 30th Aug, 2020

I was very excited to be given the opportunity to share my thoughts and experiences about cycling, including racing and coaching, on a podcast called Conversations with Reinforced Engineers.

100 Women In Cycling

Posted: 15th Jul, 2020

It is currently CyclingUK's Women's Festival of Cycling, and I am really proud to announce that I have been selected as one of the 100 Women in Cycling for this year, which highlights "inspirational women... Read More »


Posted: 15th Jul, 2020

Due to lockdown, I haven't been able to do any coaching, as everything has been cancelled. However, I have been using my free time to complete some online courses about cycling infrastructure - Unravelling... Read More »

British Cycling’s #OneInAMillion campaign

Posted: 9th Mar, 2020

Last year, I wrote about featuring in British Cycling's #OneInAMillion campaign, working to get 1 million more women cycling (which was started in 2013). Last week, their target was reached and I was surprised... Read More »

First aid course

Posted: 9th Mar, 2020

On Friday, I completed a first aid course. I had previously done one but it had run out so I needed to redo it, as it is a requirement from British Cycling. It was also good to refresh my knowledge and... Read More »

Thank you

Posted: 6th Dec, 2019

I'd like to say a massive thank you for receiving a grant for another year. This year, I have been very lucky to get many opportunities with British Cycling to coach independently at events. For this reason,... Read More »

My coaching journey

Posted: 27th Sep, 2019

I am excited to share that I recently got involved in a campaign by Project 500 called #ICanYouCan, which aims to 'highlight that anyone can become involved in coaching, whatever the level, sport and their... Read More »

Let’s Ride Leicester

Posted: 1st Sep, 2019

Last weekend, I helped at the Let's Ride event in Leicester. This is a big event, where the roads are closed to allow people to ride without motor vehicles. I helped with the British Cycling Go-ride section,... Read More »

Summer coaching

Posted: 1st Sep, 2019

Over the summer holidays, I helped with the British Cycling holiday activities. The first was a day at Derby Velodrome. The morning was spent outside, on road bikes in the car park, and the afternoon was... Read More »


Cyclocross coaching course

Posted: 6th Jul, 2019

Last weekend, I completed my Level 2 cyclocross course. I was really looking forward to this course because it is my favourite discipline to race. The assessment was an online test before the weekend and... Read More »

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