Q & A: Josie Knight (Team WNT)

Ireland’s Josie Knight is another top rider at UCI Women’s team WNT Pro Cycling – she takes the VeloUK Q & A

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Q & A: Josie Knight (Team WNT)

Josie says the best thing about her team are the people involved in the team. Here’s Josie’s Q & A:

1. How did you get into cycle racing?
Josie: I started racing at my home in Dingle because we always had an interest in bikes and went on epic cycling holidays as kids so thought I might try racing for fun!

2. What’s your favourite discipline in cycling?
Josie: At the moment it’s time trial’s or track racing. I love TTs because you are in control as there are less uncontrollables than in road racing. That said, I do love a good road race too!

3. What is the best thing about bike racing?
Josie: I think for me the best thing is the atmosphere and pushing yourself to the absolute limit of your capabilities.

4. What was the highlight of 2016 for you and why?
Josie: 2016 was a difficult year for me with injury but the highlight would be winning the Elite national omnium championships on the track.

5. What was your favourite/most fun race of 2016
Josie: Most fun race would be the international Dublin track GP

6. What was the toughest race of 2016 for you and why?
Josie: Toughest race was the Under 23 Europeans TT as it was a really hard course and I didn’t get the result I would’ve liked.

7. If there was one thing you learned most in 2016 to help you go faster/better, what was that?
Josie: I think it was to listen to your body more and to not push through injury as it only prolongs the process of getting better!
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8. What is the best piece of equipment (clothing/bike/gadget) to do with racing you are proud of most?

Josie: At the moment it would have to be my TT bike – I love it.

9. What is your warm up routine for races – rollers or turbo? Music or no music?
Josie: Turbo over rollers always and it’s a yes to music from me as I like to be able to drown out my own thoughts.

10. Will you stay in Ireland to prepare for next season during the winter or get in a training camp or two abroad to get in some serious miles?
Josie: I live in Ireland and spend my time divided between Ireland and Mallorca over the winter months with the national track team so I will spend a bit of time in both places! We have a training camp with Team WNT in Tarragona at the end of February which I’m looking forward to.

11. When will you start training for 2017 and what comes first – long steady miles or a mix of miles and efforts?
Josie: I’ve started training already and it’s a mix of miles and efforts

12. What are the goals for 2017?
Josie: My goals for 2017 are to learn as much as I can to better myself as a road rider while also aiming for some good results on the track and in some TT’s

13. Does winter training consist only of riding the bike or running/swimming/gym work (cross training)
Josie: Mostly just riding a bike but lots of gym too!

14. Finally, what have you learnt over the years to best deal with the winter months on a bike!
Josie: I think the most important thing is good kit, you need good gloves and shoe covers and layers -lots of layers! No such thing as bad weather just bad equipment!



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