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2020 - A New Season Dawns

Here we are. On the dawn of a new season. I’m sat in Paipa, Colombia preparing for my third season as a professional cyclist and I’m reminded that I only began cycling in 2016, and a little over four years later I’ve moved well in excess of what I thought possible but nothing less than what I dreamt of.


Following a good 2019; WorldTour breakaways, a podium and jersey wearer at the Tour of Estonia and a top 20 General Classification (GC) finish to close out the season at the Tour of Taihu Lake. It far surpassed what I had hoped for but leaves me with the desire to push higher.


A tough but necessary and enjoyable block of training over the winter meant I was home for the briefest of periods. 10 days between 1st December and now. People often talk about sacrifice, but when you’re not only chasing your dream but actively living it, it’s impossible for me to use such a negative connotation. It’s part of the process and I love it. The support makes it easy, the rest is down to me.

“fresh goals and more motivation than ever“

I’ve really enjoyed the preparation for this season and I’m beyond excited to kick it off with fresh goals and more motivation than ever.


Today I line up at my first race of the season, Tour Colombia. I’m nervous, but excited and ready. The work is done. Now we play!


The support I’ve received from my family, friends, the diabetes and cycling communities and beyond has been nothing short of phenomenal. I do what I do because I love it, but beyond this, every child and person living with diabetes that look for hope and positivity from a life changing condition shouldn’t be scared to dream and dream big!

There is something remarkably simple in pinning on a number, to a jersey that means the world, with such a unique and powerful mission. As a child I wanted to become a professional athlete and now I pinch myself everyday. Let’s do this!

As always, a huge thank you to you all for reading. I love the opportunity to share my experiences with you all. If you feel it would be of benefit to others, then please feel free to share. Don't forget to follow, and I'd love to hear from you.

Thank you,




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