I am currently double Junior World Road Race champion, winning both in 2011 and 2012.
In 2012 I won the National Championships on the road and Senior Criterium Championships and Individual Pursuit on the track. I also represented GB at the European Road Championships, which I won, and came home with two golds and silver at the European Track Championships.
Last year as an under 23, I moved up to racing with the elite women. I won my first professional race in China during my first year as a senior which was a very proud moment for me and my team, being so young and against the best road sprinters in the world.
I am an endurance athlete with a sprint which enables me to be competitive in the final few km of a bike race and I have used this skill to good effect to win races.
I have had international experience from the age of 12 where I found I was competitive and won stage races abroad several times and recently junior women's races in Europe. Throughout my short career I have been a multi-national champion.
I have been a part of the British Cycling Development Programme since the age of 14 and relish any opportunity to be a part of a team. I began my pathway as part of the British Cycling Talent team and I then progressed onto the British Cycling Olympic Development Programme and now I am a part of the British Cycling Academy. As part of this squad I rode the European Track Championships and we currently hold the national record for the junior women's team pursuit highlighting my love of being a part of a successful team.
The big aim for me is to get to the Olympics, which are not that far away, but by then I will have a good amount of experience in the women's peloton and hopefully the results to back up the experience.
I feel I cannot only help people understand and want to take up cycling but I am so passionate about sport in general that if a chance came up for me to help others get involved I would definitely jump at the opportunity. I have already been into several primary schools to tell them my story and also show them what you can achieve if you really put your mind to it. The feedback I had from teachers made me very proud as they said I gave children not only the belief but the confidence to strive for the best.
As I am on a Dutch team, I spend a lot of my time in Holland over the season so I do a lot of travelling around Europe and if the team can't take me I have to do that myself. A lot of my team mates have a job next to their cycling but being part of the Sky Scholarships really allows me to focus fully on cycling and become the best athlete I can be.
I see myself benefiting the Sky brand because a lot of people know cycling is becoming a big sport as GB have won a lot of medals and titles. It would be great for me to educate others into more detail and also it would help women's cycling massively if I could show/tell what it's all about.
It is now my second year as a senior rider and this season I really feel I have improved and developed into a stronger, better rider.
I had good winter of training, not only with my team but also with the help of Sky Academy I was to go away when the weather was bad and improve my endurance ready for the racing. The support from Sky also enabled me to add more to my training as I was able to attend a gym throughout the week, which is really important for my power and strength.
The season so far has been great and I couldn’t have asked for more. I have had five UCI podiums and two non-UCI podiums, one of them being a win where I was alone with one other girl for over 60km. I have improved a lot in all the races that I had also done in the last year and I have helped the team to get some big results throughout the season.
I am a sprinter and that’s what I want to progress in so next year I am hoping I can aim for more podiums and wins. The podiums I have got have been against the best women in the world so that leaves me in a confident position if I have no setbacks.
I was also selected for the hardest and longest stage race for women - Giro Rosa. It was a huge learning curve and experience for me. It was tough because I am not a hill climber but as training and from a learning perspective it couldn’t have been any better for me.
The highlight of the year so far was being selected for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and helping Lizzie Armitstead to win the gold medal. I was in good form going into the Games and was confident I could help the team. It was a tough course but I did what I could and I was very happy with how I performed. It was an amazing experience and makes me even more determined to reach the Olympics knowing I have great support from the Sky Academy Sports Scholarships programme.
The support I have had from the scholarship has really helped me be more of a professional athlete and to help me concentrate on my training and racing 100%. I have a great mentor who supports me not only with sport but also with off-the-bike situations. I am able to train abroad when the weather is bad. This year I have also had a few crashes and with the help of the scholarship I have good health insurance where I am living in Holland, which has helped when I needed it the most.
Knowing that everyone at Sky is backing me with my training and racing makes me even more motivated to get the best out of myself.