Sophie shares her love of cycling
Norfolk-based professional cyclist, Sophie Wright, often trains and races in other countries, so she looks forward to returning to her home in Norfolk.
“As a first-year professional, it’s great to have a base to come back to after races. I love the fact I can ride out from my house into the beautiful Norfolk countryside without seeing a single traffic light. Norfolk holds lots of fond memories for me, from riding in the woods as a young kid, to riding round the lovely north Norfolk coast.”
The European mountain bike champion has faced several challenges in her career, the biggest being a crash where she sustained a broken collarbone.
“I whacked my head against the floor with enough impact to crack my helmet. The doctors said it saved my life, so my advice is always make sure you wear a helmet.”
Sophie’s keen to encourage people to give cycling a go. "Try to invest in a decent bike and kit. You’ll feel great cycling in the countryside on a reliable bike and buying bib shorts will keep you comfortable in the saddle. Cycling can be a very sociable activity or something you can enjoy just as much on your own. If you like being with others, maybe consider joining a cycling club.”
Sophie’s next goal is to do well in the National Road Championships, this year hosted in Norfolk. “It’s very exciting to be back in the county for this race. It really would be amazing to achieve a successful result in my home county.”
Find cycle routes in Norfolk www.norfolk.gov.uk/trails
Image at top courtesy of velofocus.
Norfolk walking and cycling festival