Entries by Laura

Cardiff Crit – National Series

My first nation Crit of the year was at Cardiff town centre on 21st May 2016. The surface of the town centre course was rough, and potholes were scattered everywhere and anywhere possible. To add to this rain wouldn’t stop lashing down, making the circuit slippery and easy to skid out on. I decided to […]

Maindy Omnium

It was time for the 2nd Ommium of the series, this one at Mandy in Cardiff. I was nervous but excited, although unfortunately was feeling under the weather but at least I was starting to get used to the early mornings -although they hadn’t yet become any more enjoyable. Warm up went to plan and […]

Maindy Freewheel League Crit

It was time for another race, this time in Cardiff. I was feeling quite confident and fresh ready for the race. I did feel a bit nervous, which is expected, mainly because the course was made up from the velodrome outer and the infield space, using cones to signal where to go. Thankfully we were […]

Zappi’s Crit – 5

A tough week of training ended with a trip back to Endstone today, ready to race in Zappi’s Crit #5! I warmed up well, making sure I had plenty of time, and then rode a couple of warm up laps. I made sure I got in to a good starting space on the line, and […]

The Easter Classic – Castle Combe

So this was it. The race that always seems to signal the start of the race season; The Easter classic. From all the training I had done in the dark up at Castle Combe I was fairly confident, but of course I was still a bit nervous; as expected! I made sure to warm up […]

Zappis Crit 3 – Applying the learning!

This week I remembered the lesson from last week. Instead I got away well and aimed for one of my team mates wheels, a rider I knew would be in a bunch and I had planned who to go with. I made sure to get a good steady start rather than a frantic sprint to […]

Zappis Race – an Improvement and a lesson

This week was more successful than the previous. I managed to find a wheel to sit on and a partner to ride with. I set off too quickly at the start, sprinting away to make sure I got off to a good start. I went a bit too hard and so sat up and dropped […]

Mini League success!

I’d had a little break from the Velodrome after the first Ice Breaker, but I got to a training session on Saturday, and then returned to take part in a mini league meet in Newport on the Tuesday. This means I come running out of school, to be met by Dad ready to drive me to […]

Turbo time

Making friends with a turbo… a turbo has no friends! The time came to start using a turbo and to say the least I dreaded it! I have had very few nice experiences with the turbo trainer (by that I mean one), and to date I have used the rollers all the time. My first attempt […]

Local Press interviews

It’s been great to have lots of interest from the local press recently. My brother Morgan and myself had interviews with BBC Somerset, The Somerset Standard and the Frome Times. I’ve collected them all together in one place. The Standard piece is here : http://www.fromestandard.co.uk/Talented-cycle-siblings-Morgan-Laura-Curle/story-28630933-detail/story.html The Frome Times: http://www.frometimes.co.uk/2016/02/09/siblings-shift-up-a-gear-towards-cycling-dream/ and then the BBC Somerset Interview can be listened […]

Icebreakers 1

Last Saturday I competed in the Icebreaker track racing at Newport Velodrome. I was really nervous before racing and didn’t feel confident in myself, I felt like I was among many better and more exprienced cyclists in what was a national field of 18 riders. Dad and Morgan gave me encouragement, and then as soon […]

Sulis Scorpions Series – round 1

With winter training still ongoing, it was nice to get out and have my first circuit race of the 2016 season, and my first as an u14. The race was at the Odd Down circuit in Bath, a circuit I know well from my time with Sulis Scorpions over the last two years. I was […]

New Kit Day at the BCDS SQT

Today was a long day, I was meant to wake at 5am to get ready and down to Newport Velodrome for 7:30am, but my alarm went off an hour early… Oooops! First up was the SQT session with Dan and another coach. It was a good session with exercises in taking a lap, points racing, Russian […]

Strength and Conditioning

All a bit new to me really, but I am now incorporating some strength and conditioning training in to my weekly schedule. I do this with my brother, and it is good fun. We do lots of core exercises, squats, planking and balance for stability. I had some dumbbell weights for Christmas to use in […]

Club Clusters – Night Riding at Castle Combe

Every Wednesday night I attend the Club Cluster training session held at Castle Combe. This is training at night, with lights on the bike, and it has really helped my strength and endurance to develop. The sessions are run by Peter Georgi, Morgan’s coach at Epic Coaching, and he is really helpful but makes us […]

Crash Bang Wallop!

on 22nd December a had my first track league  crash. It had been a really good evening for me, i was doing really well in terms of racing, and it was in the last race of the evening. We were a few laps in, there had been one slight attack that lead to nothing and […]

U14 Club Champion – Sulis Scorpions

Tonight I was very proud to pick up the Sulis Scorpions Road Race club champion trophy in the Under 14 category. I had been moved up to the Under 14 category, rather than my actual Under 12 group, as I had started racing Under 14 races with my British Cycling dispensation. It was a happy […]

BCDS Academy Rider for 2016

I am pleased to announce that I will be racing for the Bristol Cycling Development Squad Academy in 2016. I’m looking forward to getting my kit sorted and to racing as a first year under 14 on both road and track. It will be good to have team mates at races, especially at the Nationals […]

Mini League – Newport

I was really nervous the first time I took part in the mini-league racing at Newport Velodrome – in fact I still get quite nervous when i go! I had done well in the Youth Omnium track racing before but for this I had to start being more tactical. With my road racing, although I […]

Returning to the Velodrome

After the season of criterium racing it was nice to get back to Newport velodrome. I had started riding track before way back last winter, but I needed to re-learn track again and try overcome my fears. Whereas mt brother Morgan was able to get straight into the top group (A group) when we first […]