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Katy’s story has been a long one, with a racing career already spanning an impressive 12 years. Throughout these years, she’s scooped up a number of accolades that’s made her the household name she is today. 3 time British 4X Champion, 2010 Downhill National Series Champion, 2012 European 4X Champion, 2013 4x Pro Tour winner and 7 World Cup Podiums…to name a few.
"Big changes for me this year and I couldn't be more excited for it. Specialized is such a huge brand and I'm honoured to be a part of the team. The bikes are incredible, all kitted out with Hope bling and fresh Öhlins goodies I've never ridden anything so plush, I feel spoilt! After taking almost two years out I am going to be back racing downhill again, nationals and World Cups and just having some fun. Back between the tape is where I want to be as that's what I love doing."
However, as is life in this day and age of racing, there's more pressure on riders to not just bring results, but something that separates them from the rest of the field. Podiums are great, but how can you relate to a rider without any personable interaction? Katy brings another side to riding than just pointing down the hill and breaking records, and that's why we're excited to have her on board. She's been a fully-qualified CTC mountain bike instructor for over four years with a dedicated collection of riders in the Forest of Dean area relying on her to bolster and help improve their on-the-bike skills.
What about life outside of racing though? Well, from spending a day at her local trails, it's easy to see why the mountain biking world has taken such a shine to this young, all-encompassing rider. You can't walk (or ride) more than 50 feet without someone asking how she's doing, which is greeted with not just a smile and quick reply, but a genuine conversation that isn't at all forced. Quite a rarity at this level.