From Glasgow originally and from a sporting family including international squash and rugby players, I was always active and involved in sport as a child. After a sport focused schooling led to a degree in Outdoor Education, I taught and participated in climbing, kayaking, hill walking, mountain biking and other outdoor activities both at home and abroad. After working and travelling as a technical mounatin guide in America and Austrailia, I returned home to work with young people still using outdoor activities but with more of a focus on their personal and social development rather than hard skill aquisition. This led to a move north and retraining as a Child and Adoloscent Psychotherapist. At the same time, and at rather a late stage in the world of bike racing, I began to win Mountain Bike races. The improvements I made were addictive and in 2009 I became the fastest female xc racer in Scotland winning both the Scottish Series and title of Scottish Champion.
Also in 2009, Cycletherapy was born securing a Scottish Government grant to deliver it’s services to social excluded young people in Highland. Using a combination of mountain bike skills coaching and bike maintenence, Cycletherapy proved itself successful at enagaging and promoting the self esteem of children that could not cope with mainstream education.
Splittting my time between summers guiding big mountain routes in the Highlands of Scotland and winters in the Sierra Nevada, Spain working for Ride Sierra Nevada, I got myself ready to race in the British National Series and the World Cup Series. In 2010, I secured a sponsorship deal from UCI registered team Torq Performance and represented them in the British National Points Series. After 4 rounds of NPS racing I was the series leader, had retained my title as Scottish Champion and had a solid World Cup race before breaking my shoulder and concluding the British series in 3rd place.
Cycletherapy had a good year in 2010 too securing a £20,000 grant through ScotlandUnltd to develop a vocational training unit for excluded young people in Highland.
In 2011, still racing for Torq, I began my season by winning the first round of the Scottish road and mountain bike series. At British and International level, I continiued to improve and as a result was selcted to race in the European and World Championships in Slovakia and Champery for GB. I combined the races in my World Cup itinerary and raced every weekend from the end of July until the middle of September on the continent. With this hectic scheduale, some of which in the close company of British Cycling, came an enormous amount of learning.
2012, racing for Lapierre UK, I began competing in February in South Africa racing Cat 1 and 2 races to help build Olympic qualifying points for Team GB. The season progressed steadily racing World Cups in Belgium, America, Canada and France and seeing me achieve top 30 places. Results I could only have dreamt of last year. Back home I was winning National races and secured the British Series overall and to crown my season I gained World Championship selection again in Austria.
At the same time at Worlds selection, back in Inverness, Cycletherapy amalgamated with Velocity Cafe and Bicycle Workshop which opened in October 2012.
My 2013 season saw a new partnership with Cannondale struck. I rode a Flash Ultimate 29er and my riding took another bound forward. With my goal to retain my British National Series title and secure the qualification criteria for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, this season exceeded those expectations by my not only achieving these things but also winning the British National Championships on the proposed Commonwealth Games course in my home town of Glasgow. The highlight of my career so far.