In 2009 Annie Last made the tough decision to defer her place in medical school to join British Cycling’s Olympic Academy Programme. Annie is considered to be one of the best female mountain bikers in the UK. She was the first British woman to qualify for the Olympic mountain bike race since Sydney in 2000.
First showing her talent in the U23 category, her best results to date have included 8th at the 2012 Olympic Games, 2nd in the U23 World Championships in 2010 and 2011, 2nd in the U23 European Championships in 2011 3rd in Val d’Isere World Cup in 2012 and 1st in the Houffaalize World cup XCE in 2012. She also represented Great Britain in the 2010 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships finishing in 11th place.
Born in Bakewell, England on 7 September 1990, Annie was inspired to cycle after her father and brother took her to races as a child.
2012 was one of the best years of her career, finishing third at the UCI Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Cup, meaning she had a two-season streak of top ten finishes as well as five wins and two other podium spots. Her Olympic debut produced a great result, finishing 8th after competing for many seasons to accumulate Olympic points. 2013 saw her miss out on the opportunity to represent Great Britain in the UCI World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, but she secured 3rd place in Elite at the National Championships in Cyclo-cross and 2nd in Dripping Springs MTB race.