TOP Bromsgrove cyclist Emily Kay is in fine form and looking forward to the first round of the Matrix Fitness Grand PrixSeries in Redditch on May 19.
Fresh back from a gruelling race in Holland, the full time professional is currently switching over from a winter riding the track to a summer programme of road racing.
“I’m really looking forward to the event in Redditch, it’ll be fast and furious and it will be great to cycling in front of my family and friends,” said the 19-year-old from Aston Fields.
Emily’s team is sponsored by Bromsgrove-based sports nutrition maker USN which backs the Welsh national cycling team, which means she spends much of her time training at the national velodrome in Newport.
“Cycling is gaining in popularity all the time and the tour series will give spectators the opportunity to see the best athletes in the world up close – it’s going to be a wonderful occasion,” said Emily, who started cycling when she was five years-old.
The youngster started out with Halesowen Cycling Club and from there progressed through to the Great Britain Academy, riding the women’s tour of Britain last year as part of their squad.
She’s also setting her sights high in the sport: “My hero when I was younger was world champion and Beijing gold medallist Nicole Cooke and I’d love to follow someone like the Dutch rider Marianna Vos who is a fantastic athlete,2 she said.
The first round of the Grand Prix Series starts at 6pm and is teamed with the men’s Pearl Izumi Series which kicks off at 7.30pm. both event are in Redditch town centre and are free to attend.