HELEN Wyman is a British Cyclo-Cross rider and coach. A multiple Cyclocross Champion, she is also a campaigner for equality

Why do you cycle?

I followed my brother into bike racing after years of recreational cycling with my parents. then my brother began racing, I just wanted to give it a go and never looked back.

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What do you ride?

I race cyclocross, an off-road cycling discipline. I love the sport, and had some success as soon as I started and I think that helped me choose it over other cycling events. I love the individual element of the sport and the fact you’re always pushed to the limit.

Tell me about your favourite route?

I’m lucky enough to live in the south of France, in a tiny village called Rennes les Bains. I chose it because of the endless amazing bike riding, great weather and lack of traffic. I have several routes I use a lot, one includes ten hills, and one includes ten castles. These two rides never fail to make me smile.

Tell me about your best cycling memory?

Winning my first National Championship is always a great memory, meeting your heroes is always great, and now being in the unexpected position of being able to help and inspire young riders who want to follow my footsteps in cycling. If I could blend those three things together, I don’t think it would get much better.

What do you consider your most important piece of cycling equipment?

I think the most important item I have is a very comfy couch. I generally ride around 15 to 20 hours a week, plus gym work and core sessions. After that, the ability to lay down, watch TV, relax, and prepare for the next session is essential.

If you could cycle anywhere where would that be?

I live in my cycling paradise. If I could only ever ride in one place again, it would be right here in France, in the sun, with close friends. I spend a huge amount of time on the road at events, and I’ve always got a countdown on to when I get to go home.