With Welsh Cycling’s Mountain Bike Welsh Championships taking place at Pembrey Country Park this weekend, we spoke with Ruby Miller (Hope Factory Racing) about all things mountain biking.
We’ve had the criterium and the road welsh championships, now it’s the turn of the mountain bike champs being held at Pembrey. Once again Welsh champions across multiple disciplines will be crowned.
Ruby has previously won the national jersey and speaking about competing this year, she said: “I always look forward to Welsh champs, especially this year with it being held at a Pembrey.
“It’s one of my favourite courses - mountain biking right next to a beach what’s not to like?”
Working full-time as a Cardiac Rehabilitation Occupational Therapist finding the time to train is one of those headaches, but Ruby says: “I’m really lucky to have support from my local cycling club Abergavenny RC who arrange weekly rides which really helps with training and pushes on my technical riding.”
Aside from juggling work, racing and life Ruby is now part of the newly established Wales Off Road Academy. Her role is an ‘older rider mentor’ to younger likeminded off road riders. “I’m really excited to see how this group of amazingly talented young riders grow, progress and keep having fun riding bikes,” Ruby said.
If you want to get involved in mountain biking there are plenty of clubs across Wales for you to get involved with, and Ruby echoed that saying: “Come and have a go it’s so much fun! There are so many opportunities to get involved with mountain biking like your local welsh cycling club.”
Ruby continued by saying: “The Welsh cycling MTB series also has ‘fun’ categories where you can come and have a go. Also chilled events like the Scott Marathon series which also incorporates the Hope Tech kid’s academy and women’s rides.”
Photo credit: Dan James & Wales Off Road Academy