Born in St Albans in 1981, I grew up in a cycling family and began racing aged 14. Trying all forms of cycling I found my love of cyclocross aged 18, when the cross season fitted conveniently around my university studies in physiotherapy.
I was fortunate to find success and international opportunities and soon took up the sport full-time. My biggest race successes were ten national championships and two European Championship wins, all capped with a World Championship Bronze medal in 2014.
Towards the end of my 16 year professional racing career I focused a lot of attention on the progress of the sport, especially in respect of equality for female riders. This included 4 years on the UCI cyclocross commission and the changes achieved in this time are as important to me as any achievement on the bike. I established ‘Helen100’ in 2018 to continue that work.
My life in cycling now includes fitting in daily rides, commutes and adventures, sometimes solo, and sometimes with my family (Husband Stefan, and son Sascha). Cycling is a way of life to me, and the blend of performance, function and adaptability is where I meet perfectly with Altura.