Laura we would love to know, to date, what your top three most memorable moments in cycling are?
What’s your proudest moment in your cycling career?
Getting over The Rockies with a broken shoulder! After being hit by the car I rode another 2200miles, when I eventually got it checked out later I discovered my collar bone was fractured and my shoulder was dislocated, so I managed to cycle the whole of The Rockies in that state.
What ride, anywhere in world, is still on your bucket list to do (apart from the Trafalgar Way obviously)?
I have not ridden in the Alps, at all! Anywhere in The Alps is on my bucket list.
Who are your top guys or girls in endurance road cycling that we need to keep our eye on over the next year or so?
Sarah Hammond who is Australian. She was in 3rd place in the IndianPacific. I rode with her on the TransAm during last year. She’s an incredible cyclist and it’s amazing to see how strong she is. I just think that any of the races that she is in, within the next few years, she’ll be a contender to win and win hands down.
Lael Wilcox, she won the TransAm last year. She’s from Alaska and she’s just incredibly passionate about growing the sport. She created a bursary for women to go ride the Baja Divide this year. She’s now up in Alaska running a programme for middle schools girls to get them into endurance cycling. She is not only winning but she’s also helping on the ground getting the next generation into the sport.
If you could interview or sit down and have a cup of tea with any cyclist you wanted tomorrow (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
I know her, so I could. But it would be Emily (Emily Chappell) just because I actually I met her here (Rapha Cafe, Solo). It was when I wanted to get into endurance cycling and I was debating whether to do the TransAm or not and I was trying to make that jump into the big ultra events. I made her come here and meet me and I just picked her brain. She is one of the most fascinating people to talk to, she’s so eloquent and just very thoughtful about the way she speaks about cycling, so she would be my top person.
Finally, the 2017 season is well under way so what’s the ride you are most looking forward to this year and why?
I think it is Ride the Trafalgar Way.
That wasn’t a loaded question, so you don’t have to say us!
I know, I think I don’t know what the TCR holds at the moment, so I think I’m really excited about Ride the Trafalgar Way because I’ve never ridden 300 miles in 24 hours before. It’s a new challenge and I think I can do it, so we’ll have to see!