Top British cyclocross rider Helen Wyman has written an inspirational open letter to up-and-coming British cyclocross racers. In it, she explains how life has changed for her since becoming involved in the sport, and that it may offer better opportunities than the track. Below is an excerpt from the letter, and you can read the full blog post here:
Dear future stars,
You don’t know me, but I’m Helen Wyman. I’ve been a professional cyclocross racer for 9 years now and at the weekend I had the pleasure of racing in front of many of you at the World Cup race in Milton Keynes.
I’m sure you’ve heard stories of Olympic events and seen superstars zooming around the velodrome on TV. Well I want to tell you there’s another amazing, exciting and exhilarating sport that can be your future.
I left the UK many many years ago in a Peugeot 205. It cost £100, was a kind of faded red colour, and was donated to me by my local bike shop as I set off to start my big bike adventure. I drove to Belgium and there it began. I was hooked on the sport from the very beginning. The crowds, the atmosphere, the spectacular courses; I knew straight away this is where I wanted to be.