I began cycling when I was 14 years old after joining a local club with friends. Four years layer I was accepted onto British Cycling's Olympic Academy Programme and in the same year became junior world champion in the individual pursuit and European champion in the team pursuit.
One of the biggest misnomers when it comes to track cycling is the belief that to improve you have to spend hours on the boards. In fact it is the complete opposite - the road is for the base miles and the track is simply to top up the specifics. And there's also the turbo, for short, flat-out efforts of 30 seconds or one minute, because on the turbo you don't have to worry about the distractions.
At the opening round of the Revolution Series in Manchester last October, I partnered Iljo Keisse, a six-time winner of the Ghent Six. Together we raced for Team PedalSure and came second in the overall series. I can live with 2nd but I was beaten by my Wiggins team mates!
I am enjoying my role as a PedalSure Ambassador. We met during the Revolution Series where I raced for Team PedalSure. I am very positive about getting more people onto two wheels and with that comes a responsibility to ensure they are safe. PedalSure uniquely cover the rider as well as their bike. That spoke volumes to me and is a cause I am pleased to support.