When Lydia is not on her favourite training ride beside the sea in Dublin, you can spot her training hard at Herne Hill or doing some riding with her LMNHs team mates. Her food of choice is coco-pops and we are excited to see how well they fit into her back pocket on a training ride.
Irish National Sprint, 500m TT and Scratch Race Champion
2nd Overall Rás na mBan
4th Irish National Road Race Championship
LWCR League Winner
South East Road Race Champion
South East Track Champion for Scratch, Pursuit and Points
3rd National Omnium Series
6th Johnson Health Tech GP – Peterborough
8th Hillingdon Grand Prix (National Series)
12th Cheshire Classic (National Series)
Twin Hills Champion: Catford CC and Bec CC Hill Climbs
Irish National Sprint Champion
South East Road Race Champion
3rd 500m TT Irish National Track Championships
4th Pursuit Irish National Track Championships
3rd Overall National Omnium Series
LWCR Overall League Winner
Read Lydia’s biography here.
Lydia is 23 years old and her most embarrassing cycling moment is having ‘clip in’ failure outside a busy shop in front of a bunch of guys she was cycling with. Something we have all experienced. The good news is that this initial embarrassment has not dampened Lydia’s enthusiasm for all things related to cycling. When she is not on her favourite training ride beside the sea in Dublin you can spot her training hard at Herne Hill or doing some riding with her LMNH’s team mates. I have heard that the food of choice is coco-pops and I am excited to see how well they fit into the back pocket on a training ride.
Lydia is the current London Track Champion in the 500m TT. I asked her a few questions to try and figure out a little bit more about Team Mum’s resident trackie.
What do you want to achieve this year? I spent last season doing a bit of every discipline, just to figure out what I’m best at. It turned out to be track, so this year I plan to focus more on that, specifically the National Omnium Series. Also, hopefully convince some of the other girls to join me a the track for some team sprints and pursuits! Maybe a TT or two, only short ones though.
What is your best biking memory? All the little things – winning a handicap sprint at Herne Hill; sprinting past two other girls to win a sprint in the points race at the London Track Champs. (I got a little cheer from the infield. The guys at Herne Hill have been awesome support to me this year.); finishing the Richmond Park TT without puking! And being awarded Most Improved Rider at the London League prize giving. Completely unexpected and I was very shocked that the girls thought so much of me. Oh and maybe winning the London Dynamo club champs! This year’s been busy!
Favourite hill to ride up or favourite race. I hate all hills! I enjoy the downhill part much more! My favourite race course is probably Hillingdon, nice and flat for a sprinter like me.
Best bit of kit? My new LMNH skin suit, I’ve never had one before! I’m looking forward to its debut at the track.
Lydia is an enthusiastic team player it has been a pleasure getting to know her and perhaps she will have the chance to lead an awesome group of girls to Team Pursuit victory.