Hi everyone! My name is Georgia Mansfield, I am 19 years old and my long term goal is to be a professional cyclist and one day compete in the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.
This is not an easy target for anyone; it requires endless hours away from home, with dedication to training, nutrition and recovery. You have to live and breathe cycling 24/7 - which I love to do! I am from Elgin, and will always call it my home but I currently study most of the year in Stirling which allows me to be closer to where all the racing action is and makes travel easier and cheaper for my races. This also gives me quick and easy access to the velodrome in Glasgow where I spend a lot of time, particularly in the winter, training hard and improving my racing skills.
I fell in love with cycling in 2012 after having watched the Tour de France and I wanted to give it a go. I instantly realised how much fun it was and decided then that I wanted to win the Tour de France one day. I have been riding my bike for 5 years now and can not imagine a time when I did not race. I have set some junior records on both the road and track in the last few years, but my biggest result to date was the Scottish junior road race champs last year, which I won. I couldn't believe it as I was just returning to racing after a back injury too. I have now also had some wonderful opportunities racing abroad in Holland, Belgium, Norway and Malta, and I'm excited to hopefully get the chance to do more races around the world.
I am currently racing for a team based in Manchester (Torelli Brother), who have stuck by me this last year despite some bad luck with injury and illness and I hope to get in a good winter of training, so that I can have a strong season on the road next year. Racing has brought me so much joy and excitement over the last few years and I have the support of some wonderful people who help me through all the tough moments. In sport you often find you lose more than you win, you have to keep your chin up and believe it will happen so that you can come back stronger every time.
To keep up with Georgia's progression and for more of her blogs visit her site here.