Spotlight On…….. Emily Kay
Emily is part of the Great British Academy with a true love for cycling. aka @Emilykay95
- What made you get into cycling?
My dad did a bit of mountain biking with his friends and he had a magazine with the then current Olympic mountain bike champion Paola Pezzo. She was known for riding in pink and purple leopard print kit and as a 5 year old girl I fell in love as pink was my favourite colour and wanted to be just like her so I found my local club and started cycling. As soon as I started I fell in love with the sport and 14 years later i’m enjoying it more the ever
- What has been your proudest/best cycling moment?
I think for me becoming junior World team pursuit champion and holding the junior world record in front of a home crowd in Glasgow is my proudest moment. I’ve dreamed of wearing the rainbow world champions stripes since I was a young girl so to be able to do that in front of my parents was a surreal moment and one I’d love to be able to do again.
- What has been the biggest challenge you have faced?
About a year a go I found out I had Glandular fever, and that was definitely a big challenge for me. Having the discipline to let myself get better properly and not rush back to training was difficult. Understanding my body and giving myself time when all I wanted to do is ride my bike. But I stayed motivated, got better and back on my bike and feeling better then ever now.
- Who is your inspiration, and why?
In cycling my inspiration is definitely Marianne Vos, I’ve watched her for a long time and the way she rides her bike is incredible. To be so dominant for so long over so many disciplines is something pretty special. I’ve luckily had the chance to race her and her bike handling skills, race brain with her commitment and dedication is something I aspire to. Was a proud moment when she followed me on twitter!
- What are your future goals?
For me I’m now a full time cyclist and I just want to carry on progressing both on the road and track. To make steps forward and get stronger. Ultimately my goal has always been to go to the Olympics and represent my country and win a gold medal. So for me that’s the main goal.