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Achievements

  • 7th in World Women’s Road Race Championship, Copenhagen, 2011.
  • Gold in Points and scratch race at the National Track Championships, Manchester 2011.
  • National Road Race Champion, 2011.
  • Silver in the Road Race, Commonwealth Games 2010.
  • Gold in Team Pursuit, Silver in the Scratch and a Bronze in the Points race, Track World Championships 2009.
  • 3 Gold medals at the Manchester leg of the World Cup Series 2008.

 

Back story
As the youngest member of the team Lizzie is up and coming, she’s friendly and oozes star quality. She’s widely regarded as the future of British cycling.

Lizzie first experienced competitive cycling at the age of 16, when a British Cycling recruitment drive was launched and the team visited her school. After flying through the first and second stages Lizzie was then given a racing bike and put on the British Cycling training programme. Since then she has gone from strength to strength in track cycling, now with seven World Cup victories to her name.

Whilst racing in the Cervélo Road Test Team in 2010 she fulfilled a lifetime goal, by winning a stage of the Tour de l’Aude followed by another four stage victories, including a hattrick of wins on the Tour de l’Ardeche where she was crowned the best young rider for the second time of the season, after also receiving the accolade at La Route de France earlier in the year. Lizzie represented England at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, narrowly missing the Gold medal in the women’s road race.

2011 was an exciting year for Lizzie full of highs but also some lows. Due to injury she was unable to compete in the Track World Championships, however by summer she was back on track and won the right to wear the white jersey for the 2011/12 season when she became British Road Champion. Due to a crash the Road World Championships were not as successful as she had hoped and she finished in 7th but quickly followed this by winning two National events on the Track. At the end of 2011 Lizzie had to make a difficult decision when she selected to compete in the road race during the Games and sit out of the Track for the 2012 season.

2012 has also seen a shift for Lizzie from the road Team Garmin Cervelo to Dutch team AA drink-Leontien.nl.

Personal
Lizzie has a very friendly, open and personable nature, with an intelligent sense of humour, great fun to be with and oozing star quality.

Lizzie’s biggest support is her family, in particular her Grandma, who is always clearly visible at competitions wearing a brightly coloured yellow t-shirt saying ‘I’m Lizzie’s Gran’. Her parents are both teachers, who introduced Lizzie to cycling during family bike rides at the weekends.  Lizzie has found it easy adapting to her life abroad, believing it was down to her disciplined upbringing where she was encouraged to be self-sufficient.

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