World Cup CountDown – The Brits – Adela Carter


A great character and talented rider in the British Cyclo-Cross scene is Adela Carter who is in second place in the National Trophy Series

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World Cup CountDown – The Brits – Adela Carter

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A rider guaranteed to cheer you up if you meet her is Adela Carter who has the biggest smile of all the riders in women’s cyclo-cross! A familiar face in British Cyclo-Cross despite a little holiday from the scene before this season, Adela says she is massively excited to be selected.


“It’s a home race and I think it is important that local riders who race in the UK are able to show the rest of the world that the racing in the UK is good and strong in depth”.

It will be Adela’s first World Cup where she will be riding in the colours of Hope Factory Racing but Adela has had experience of racing with the top women in Belgium. “I have ridden Baal and Diegem before and aware those type of courses are a little more extreme and technical and the crowds there really make it too”.

“I am confident though we’ll have a good crowd at Milton Keynes”.

Adela had a ‘slow’ start to the National Trophy season with sixth in Shrewsbury but bounced back with a victory in Southampton and then third in Durham. She explains that it was a late decision to ask to ride the World Cup in Milton Keynes.

“I didn’t originally throw my name in the hat because I wasn’t going particularly well this season but after Southampton, things changed. The depth in the sport here has changed for the better. I’ve had a year out and the depth of competition and level of riding has stepped up which is lovely to see.”

Asked what she is looking forward to at the World Cup, Adela says “the crowds, absolutely. To be able to show case cyclocross as an exciting event to watch where there is superb athleticism, great technical riding and it’s a brilliant day out for the whole family, I hope the UK puts on a good show”.

Unlike the top ranked riders in the World Cup, such as Nikki Harris and Helen Wyman to name two, who are all full time professionals in the sport of cyclo-cross, Adela works full time which makes the opportunity to ride a World Cup all the more special.


“I’m a strength and conditioning coach so half of my work is very physical and the other half sitting at a computer and that isn’t as restful as I had hoped it would be as the brain is on over time but I love my job”.

Having a job she loves and a sport too means everything has to be planned well to fit it all in. Adela says the bikes are as prepared as well as possible and that work doesn’t stop so the final week is about managing work as well as riding.

“The big thing is trying not to get ill or injured and get to the start line healthy even if you’re under trained”.

Finally, Adela says that the opportunity to ride a World Cup is a big opportunity for her to thank her sponsors, Hope Factory Racing. “I am really excited to be riding for Hope because they have been such a superb sponsor as they have supported cyclo-cross and other disciplines for years. The World Cup is an opportunity for them to show that their products and ethos should be at the top of cycling full stop whether it UK or world wide”.

Good luck to Adela!

WHERE: Campbell Park, Milton Keynes (Near the shopping centre)

World Cup – Saturday 29th November, 2014
9am – Official Training
10am – Junior Support Race (40 mins)
12.30 – Women’s World Cup
2pm – Elite Men’s World Cup

National Trophy, C2 Men & Women – Sunday 30th November 2014

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