Katy Winton is gonna be a star. No, actually she is already. At 18 she’s already won a ton of races and is now racing with the U23s and doing a fine job too. She’s a great supporter of our homegrown TweedLove festival and Tweed Valley biking, and has a strong message for us all about girls and riding bikes… Check her shredding steep and tech terrain on a bike and tyres that shouldn’t be anywhere near the full-on DH and enduro trails of Innerleithen. Awesome. Just remember, she told you so…
Here’s Katy’s Q&A:
Katy Winton The Kinesis Morvelo Project
Career highlights so far? Getting the amazing opportunity to compete in the World XC Championships in Champery 2011, and the European Champs in Slovakia 2011. Winning the British U16 Championships in 09 and the British U18 championships and series winner in 2010.
How long riding in the Tweed valley? For 3 years traveling down to Glentress then 4 years of living in the cycling heaven that is the Tweed Valley!
Fave places to ride in the Valley and briefly why? Innerleithen because it reminds me why I ride a bike it's so fun and fast!! Really, I just love the variety of the valley from hillside adventures to man-made trails there is a bit of everything!
Any thoughts on why more women are getting into cycling? Because biking is just awesome! ;) I think it is because it is becoming much more accessible, slowly equipment is becoming more tailored for women making riding easier and, it is a sociable sport - you get fit, have lots of fun and a laugh, it's a win win situation.
A fave/memorable mountain bike moment/incident: Crashing at the the start of the World Championships in Champery, sounds like a dreadful memory (in a way it is) but I learned so much from that race; I had to really search with in me to finish and not throw the rag in - which would have been only too easy when your only 20secs into the biggest race of your life and your already on the floor dead last. I will never forget the whole Worlds experience - it is my fondest memories. You can read the full story, here.
Got your sights set on: Short term: POC Queen of the Hill title at TweedLove and U23 British XC Champs title! Also selection for U23 World Champs in Austria. Long term: Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 and Olympic Games, Rio, in 2016.
Fave rider/s: Annie Last and Tracy Moseley - two constant reminders it is all possible, great girls, riders and athletes. I recently met Alexandra Engen, it was inspiring talking and riding with her!! Oh, and Danny Hart's riding - his Worlds run always amazes me every time I watch it!
Keep up up to date with pictures, blogs and videos and more all at: facebook.com/katywinton or @katywinton on twitter.
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