Q & A: Rhiannon Gornall (Team Torelli)

2016 VanillaBikes Banner

Time to get to know the riders in the British teams and so here’s a Q&A with Rhiannon Gornall of Team Torelli

RST Cycle Clothing & Trigon Bikes

Q & A: Rhiannon Gornall (Team Torelli)

Whilst we all get to know the stars of the peloton and we’ll be quizzing them too, VeloUK is also keen to introduce many of the riders in the grass roots teams. It was a very popular series last year and the year before so here we go again. Any teams or club teams wanting to take part, send us a message and we’ll send you the Q&A or just take the questions from here!


Here’s a Q & A with a young lady who’s name also happens to be the title of my favourite song of all time (released well before she was born), Rhiannon (Gornall)

1. What is the best thing about your team?
Rhiannon: They are a bunch of really nice girls and getting the chance to do some races abroad as a first year junior will be a good experience.

2. What was your highlight of 2016 and why?
Rhiannon: I would have to say that the Youth tour of Scotland was my highlight because it’s one of the few youth races that are on open roads with hills in and I was happy with the results I got as well.

3. What was your favourite/most fun race of 2016
Rhiannon: Probably Otley, mid week crit.

4. What was your toughest race of 2016 for you and why?
Rhiannon: Scarborough, the hill was really hard!
… continued after advert


5. What is the best piece of equipment (clothing/bike/gadget) to do with racing you are proud of most?
Rhiannon: My socks

6.What is your warm up routine for races- rollers or turbo? Music or no music?
Rhiannon: I usually warm up on the rollers before I race and listen to music to help get me in the zone.

7. Whats your favourite discipline on the road and why!
Rhiannon: Well I enjoy road racing the most because it is more suited to me but sometimes crits are really fun to do as well because the atmosphere is always great.

8. Will you be staying in the UK to prepare for the next season during the winter or get in a training camp or two abroad to get in some serious miles?
Rhiannon: I’ll me staying in the UK during the winter and the team has planned a couple of training weekends for us to go on.

9. When will you start training for 2017 and what comes first- long steady miles or a mix of miles and efforts?
Rhiannon: My training started at the start of November and I always start with long steady miles

10. Do you use a special winter bike with mudguards etc or using a normal race like training bike?
Rhiannon: I have a heavy winter bike with everything on it like mudguards etc

11. What are the goals for 2017?
Rhiannon: My goals for 2017 is to gain experience racing abroad and to see how I can do in national series races.

12. With the darkness now upon us, are the long rides now only on the weekends and how many hours a week would you do in a typical week?
Rhiannon: I usually keep my long rides to the weekends but I can usually fit long rides in mid week because I have a day off and a couple of half days at college. I usually train 15 hours a week.

13.Does winter training consist only of riding the bike or running/swimming/gym work(cross training)
Rhiannon: My winter training is usually riding my bike and doing gym work at NJD sport injury clinic

14. Finally, what have you learnt to best deal with the winter months on the bike?
Rhiannon: Go out on lots of rides with friends and sometimes having a cafe stop for a hot chocolate isn’t such a bad thing!



Send your results as well as club, team & event news here


Other Results on VeloUK (including reports containing results)

Other News on VeloUK

Tags: ,