Name: Taylor Johnston
Primary Club: Cycling Team Tomacc
I Started racing when I was 13, mainly Mountain biking and Cyclo-cross, achieving consistent top 10’s and podiums at National level each year, with the highlight being a Junior cyclo-cross win at National level and 3rd overall in the Series. I then switched my focus to road racing when I became an under 23, and still compete in the occasional cyclo-cross race in the winter for training. In 2012, I spent 3 months away racing in the Basque Country for Ibaigane Opel. Riding against ex pros and the best amateur riders in Spain on a weekly basis definitely brought me on and I learnt a huge amount. In 2013 I will be racing in Belgium for Cycling Team Tomacc, and will be based in Poperinge. I hope to build on my experience gained last year with results on the continent this year.
Career Highlights to date
I represented Scotland at the Isle of Man Youth Commonwealth Games in 2011.
1 National Junior win in Cyclo-cross and 2 3rd places.
3rd Overall in the National Junior Cyclo-cross Series.
Several podiums and top 10’s in Belgium Kermesses as a Junior.
Podium place and top 10’s in Basque Country races as a Junior.
3 National Top 10’s on the road as a Junior, including 2 stage races.
4th at the South East Regional Elite Champs 2011.
Top 20 in an Elite Classic Race in the Basque Country.
East and South East Regional Senior Champion.
Who inspires you and why
Bike riders who achieve through hard work and determination. I also find Riders like Jens Voigt, Alberto Contador and Joaquim Rodriguez really inspirational, the way they attack and instigate races gives me so much motivation when racing.
How do you celebrate/relax after a big event
Take a step back from the bike rider life for a couple of days and relax with friends and family, before it all kicks off again!