A catch up with cyclist, Lucy Garner
Paul Jones at the Leicester Mercury caught up with Professional cyclist and Dreams Come True ambassador Lucy Garner; I’ve also really enjoyed becoming involved with Dreams Come True as an ambassador for the charity. As a professional sportswoman, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to follow my own dreams, and I understand the importance of that for all children.
Paul Jones at the Leicester Mercury caught up with professional cyclist and Dreams Come True ambassador, Lucy Garner, about her 2014 season;
"I’ve now completed my second season (2014) as a professional road racer and I’m pleased with the way the year has gone.
I feel I have continued to move forward with Team Liv-Plantur and I was particularly happy with the way things went in the first half of the season. That was when I picked up my best results.
I know there are things I still have to work on and the main area I want to improve in for next season is my climbing.
The highlight of the year for me was probably representing England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in August 2014. Being there with such a strong team was fantastic and the atmosphere was so good. It was made even better with Lizzie Armitstead winning the gold medal on the road.
Being involved in the first Friends Life Women’s Tour is something I will also remember – it even went past the front door of my parents’ home in Cosby, which was pretty cool! I achieved my aims in the Tour but for British racing it was also important there were so many world-class riders taking part. It was a really well-organised race. Everything was under control and went really well. I saw a lot of tweets from riders afterwards and they were all impressed. I think it will just get bigger.
I went into the Tour wanting to get top-three in a stage and I did that on the fourth day so I was really happy with that and I finished with the jersey for the Best British Rider. Lizzie would probably have been in it at the end had she not had to pull out before the final stage but it was still great for me to be wearing the jersey on home soil. The amount of cheers I got on the stage at the end was really nice. Overall it was a very good advert for women’s cycling, a good opportunity for the public to see us and for us to have media time.
Racing is still very much about learning for me, too. I picked up the podium finishes I was looking for last season but also faced some really demanding races – like the 10 days I had in Italy at the Giro Rosa. It is pretty easy to sum up my first experience of the Giro. It was a total shock to the system.
When we went out to Italy, I had no idea how I would do because of the difficult climbs we had to take on in a total of 900kms racing. My first aim was to get to halfway. When you get to that point then the next stage is almost the start of the way home, so I was determined to fight and stay in during the second half of the race.
I tried to do as much as I could for the team but, when the time came that I couldn’t do any more, I had to find my own pace on the climbs. As the finishing line approached on the final day, I was in a group with two of my team-mates but I was also with Hannah Barnes (United Healthcare), who I rode with at Motorpoint when we were juniors.
It was Hannah’s first time at the Giro, too, so we had been through the same thing. We went up the final climb together and, yes, we were relieved when we went over the line, but we were also glad that we had done the race and really felt that we had achieved something.
I’ve also really enjoyed becoming involved with Dreams Come True as an ambassador for the charity. As a professional sportswoman, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to follow my own dreams, and I understand the importance of that for all children.
It is an amazing charity which has been set up to help terminally and seriously ill children get the chance to achieve their dreams."