For any inspiring young rider, watching Lucy Garner’s new documentary is a must.
I’ll never forget when 16 year old Lucy Garner won the Classic. She rode straight back from the finish, along with her team mates at the time Harriet Owen, Hannah Barnes and Hannah Walker, to the car park, chilled out on their bikes and chatted away to the marshals. You would never have thought they had just done 10 laps of the circuit. They were lovely girls and a great team who went out and dominated that year.
Later that year Lucy went on to pick up her first Junior World Championship, a feat she repeated again in 2012. Lucy is a brilliant talent, reads the race well and has a great sprint. When it was announced she was signing for Argos-Shimano I had mixed emotions, sad that we would perhaps not see her racing on our shores much anymore but also over the moon because it was a great opportunity for her.
It’s been really nice to follow Lucy starting out as a professional. Following the news reports and her Twitter feed, you are on that emotional rollercoaster with her. I remember reading a report earlier this year, that having been dropped in a savage, wet and cold Spring classic, Lucy rode on alone and completed the race. That story alone just summarizes her guts, drive and determination and why she is a double World Champion.
I’m so proud to have Lucy as one of our winners and her support to the race has been great, she was one of the very first to reply back with answers to our rider Q&A and I appreciated that.
You check out Lucy’s Q&A at www.cheshireclassic.co.uk/womens-cycling/interviews/lucy-garner/