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Meet The Team!

October 02, 2012 3 min read

ZEPHANIE BLASI – Before signing for WXC World Racing at the begining of 2012 Zephanie rode for the No-tubes Pro Team in the States where she stood on the podium on a number of occasions, winning 4 State XC championships and 2 D/H Championships as well as a being a winning team member World Champion in the  24 hour of Adrenilian World Championships. Zephanie is a strong leader of the Team and brings inspiration to our young riders with her professional aproach.

Residence: Tuscon, Arizona, USA
Started with biking: 1998
Favourite food: Pizza and sushi
Favourite drink: water
Hobby: Taking care of my pets
Study/work: Professional cyclist
Best result ever: 2nd place at the USA National series event and 6th overall in the series with missing an event
Season goal: Better performance at World Cups…not getting pulled. Podium on all British Series. Consistent training and proper nutrition.
Dream goal: 2016 Rio

JOANNE CLAY – In her first year as an elite rider, Jo has consistently finished in the top five in the National Series and National Championships. Jo tasted the experience of  top level World Cup racing this season and has the commitment to become one of the UK’s top mountainbikers.

Residence: Leek, UK
Starting with biking: Downhill mtb after accident on a motocross bike then changed to xc racing 2yrs ago
Favourite food: Lasagne or chocolate!
Favourite drink: Pint of bitter!
Hobby: Snowboarding/horse riding
Work: Horse rider/groom
Best result ever: 5th at Sherwood, 1st ever race at elite level, was not what I expected!
Season goal: To finish top 3 nationally and top 50 world
Dream goal: To compete in World Champs and Olympics Rio 2012

CARLA HAINES – Carla is what the Team is all about. She has been with the Team since she was fifteen years old. Now in her last year as an Under-23, she has already won the National Championships and intends to repeat that in her last year. At 21, she is one of our most experienced World Cup riders.

Residence: Plymouth, UK
Started with biking: seriously 2009
Favourite food: Chicken Chorizo Paella
Favourite drink: Rose or Red Wine
Hobby: Surfing and Camping
Study/work: Swimming Teacher/Gym instructor/Lifeguard & Cyclist!
Best result ever: 2011 Gold Medal U23 National Championships
Season goal: Gold Medal in U23 National Championships
Dream goal: To be the best I can ever be.

CLAIRE OAKLEY – Now a first year Elite/Under-23 Claire has won everything at Junior level in Ireland, including MTB National Championship, Road Championships and Track Championships.  She has a great future ahead of her with sights set firmly on Rio 2016 as Ireland’s number one.

Residence: Newtownards, Co Down, Ireland
Started with biking: Aged 7, Friend Got Me Started.
Favourite food: Pasta Bake
Favourite drink: orange
Hobby: dog walking
Study/work: Professional cyclist
Best result ever: Junior National mtb champ
Season goal: Podium Elite Champs
Dream goal: Olympics Rio 2016

NATASHA BERRY – Enduro/marathon rider of the Team, with a great victory and podium in 2012, and a second place in the 7th stage MTB race Tour of Wales by just 20 seconds.

Residence: Portsmouth, UK
Started with biking: 2005
Favourite food: nutella
Favourite drink: vanilla shake
Hobby: Horse riding and golf
Study/work: Radiographer
Best result ever: Brighton Big Dog Champion 2012
Season goal: XC Marathon Champion
Dream goal: Compete in World Marathon Champs

GRETEL WARNER – Another one of the Team’s young development riders coming through from an early age. Now a first year Junior, this is a massive year as she looks on the world’s best Juiors as well as taking on our own national series and championships.

Residence: Swanley, Kent, UK
Started with biking: When I was 4 years old
Favourite food: Chicken fajitas or pasta
Favourite drink: Water
Hobby: Mountainbiking
Study/work: Sixth Form and Life Guard
Best result ever: National Schools Champion
Season goal: Podium at NPS
Dream goal: National Campion and top ten in World Cup

ABIGAIL VAN TWISK – Abigail is Trevor’s latest discovery. A very talented young rider in both mountain biking and cyclo-cross, Abigail is looking forward to competing in the colours of WXC World Racing with the National Series and Champs as her season’s goals.

Residence: London, UK
Starting with biking: 3 ½ years old, cycling to school
Favourite food: Lasagne
Favourite drink: Lemonade
Hobby: Cycling!
Work: School
Best result ever: 3rd in first MTB National
Season goal: Improve my results in National Series and Championships
Dream goal: Compete for GB


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