Whilst the road season is quietly waiting for spring before bursting into full flourish, the winter months are very much an active time on the track.
With our excellent 2012 Olympic performance setting a high bar, the seniors are mainly beavering away in preparation for Rio. We spoke to one hopeful whose Olympic dreams lie a little further in the future.
Amber Joseph is a 15-years-old sprinter, who has just been named the Youth Ambassador for cycling insurance company, PedalSure. They’re headline sponsors for Team PedalSure, who are currently leading the standings at the UK track series, Revolution.
Having taken up cycling only two years ago, Amber is building a reputation for herself as an excellent sprinter with a 500m potential.
Before taking up cycling the teenager, who was born in Barbados, was a keen swimmer – but it was when she took part in her school triathlon that she discovered cycling.
A family friend and Barbadian track cyclist, Barry Forde, noticed her talent and soon after she won a gold medal at a National event. Asked what she loves most about cycling, Joseph tells us: “What I love most is the speed. The people are all great so it makes it a lot of fun too. Of course I love doing well and getting good results which just inspires to do more training to improve. I just love it all!”