Meet the Athlete – Eleanor Richardson

My achievements not included since then are:
– becoming triple National Champion at the Scottish National Track Championships in October (Sprint, 500m tt, Team Sprint)
– Winning Gold in the 500m tt and three bronze medals (Sprint and Keirin) in Hong Kong at the International Track Classic in November

My Story so far…
The first time I raced on an indoor track was at the age of 13… but there was no track bike in tow or Siberian pine in sight as this was an indoor athletics meet at the KelvinHall in Glasgow! Growing up in the Highlands of Scotland I represented Wester Ross AC and Inverness Harriers AC, winning numerous medals across all the sprint disciplines and becoming Scottish Schools 200m champion aged 17. However, reconstructive ankle surgery forced premature retirement before the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and I thought my competitive days in sport were over. However, in the summer of 2011 it was suggested I try track cycling at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. Having very limited knowledge of cycling and no experience riding a fixed wheel bike it was a pretty daunting process but I immediately fell in love with the sport! After my first year in the sport I was taken onto the Scottish Cycling Performance Programme and have since competed for Team Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

who inspired you: in cycling, Victoria Pendleton. Living proof you do not need to be big to be fast!
where you train: I am currently Manchester based as am studying an MSc here but get to Glasgow whenever I can to train with the Scotland Squad
favourite bits: the sense of achievement you get from achieving small goals during each session
worst bits: the ongoing juggling act between work/MSc study and training/competing. That and accepting lactic as part of your normal weekly routine!
Random funny fact: let me think about this one….