I come from a completely "non cycling family", they didnt have a clue about cycling untill I started my venture into the wonderful sport. However around the same time I started to properly ride, my 2nd Cousin Emma Grant, a successful cross country runner, tried cycling for her first time. Within months was soon on the British Olympic Development Programme and came 7th in the pursuit in her first British Track Champs.
Unfortunately our paths crossed just once this season, on a very wet day at Hog Hill. Emma was riding super strong but punctured with about 15 mins to go, whilst looking very comfortable for the win. Both our seasons have are now over, and whilst I am in school wishing I could ride, Emma has finished her A levels and is planning her "gap year". Her plan is to race in New Zealand for one of the top womens teams this British winter, and then return to race a full British/Belgian season next year. I really love the sound of it and am very jealous of the adventures she is going to have! Read all about it on her new blog, http://emgrantcyclist.blogspot.com
P.s. I know that Emma is on the look out for funding/sponsorship/help for her trip so spread the word!