Answering our Breo Hero questions this week is Emily Ashwoods of the WXC World Racing mountain biking team.
How long have you been mountain biking?
I learnt to ride my bike when I was 3 years old and loved it, going out on rides with my family. Then my dad encouraged me to join my local cycling club when I was 10 and that’s when I really got interested in mountain biking.
How did you get involved?
I joined Sutton Cycling Club and they encouraged me to take part in Go Ride Races that’s when I found out what great fun it was.
What’s your proudest achievement so far?
So far I have a few proudest achievements I would like to mention, one has been winning the Southern MTB Championship becoming Youth Girl Southern Champion, winning the Southern XC series as a juvenile girl, being picked to represent the South East in the 3 day Regional Championships, finishing in my highest placing of 7th in a round of the National MTB XC series with support from WXC World racing.
What motivates you?
What motivates me to do well in mountain biking is that I love riding my bike and the thrill, speed and danger as well as the adrenalin rush that I get every time I ride and race. I want to win and get higher placings in each race I do. My family also give me lots of encouragement and are happy to travel all around the country taking me to races so I can compete.
Who’s your hero?
My hero is cyclist Joanna Rowsell who started at the same cycling club as me. I met her after she won gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics and that has really inspired me.
What are your hopes for the future?
My hopes for the future are to be the best I can be and my dream is to compete in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Any tips for aspiring mountain bikers?
My tips for aspiring MTB-ers are to enjoy what you do, train hard, look after your bike and equipment, overcome your fears and
sometimes just go!
How would you spend £1 million?
If I had 1 million pounds I would treat my family to a dream holiday around the world and then buy BIKES!! SUPER DUPER