Time Trial Cyclist
12hr and 100 Mile Record Holder
Time-trial cyclist Alice has certainly demonstrated her prowess, breaking the long-standing 12-hour time trial record in 2017 by covering 285.65 miles, and clocking up wins and podiums at events such as the 50- and 100-mile National Championships.
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Having regular testing with Edge twice saved my season in 2019 by identifying biochemical issues before they put me out of action completely. I’d highly recommend regular testing for any high performance athlete.
Dedicated and driven, Alice credits Edge with helping her maintain her health and avoid overtraining while performing to her peak.
Alice began her sporting career as a runner, but a combination of injury and inspiration from the London 2012 Olympic road race saw her switch discipline to cycling.
In 2017, she broke the 12-hour time trial record, formerly held by the legendary Beryl Burton and a record that had stood for 50 years. She has continued to clock up excellent performances, with medals and wins at competitions including the 50-mile and 100-mile National Championship events again setting a new record.
With her repertoire expanding to cyclocross over the winter season which makes training and racing a year-round experience, monitoring how her body is responding to these activity levels becomes even more important.
Alice credits Edge with helping her maintain a good level of health that allows her to train hard to achieve her goals while avoiding fatigue and ensuring her body is getting what it needs nutritionally.
What is your pre-competition meal?
Porridge with honey, walnuts and sultanas 3.5 hours before the event, or Weetabix with a mix of fruit and nuts if I'm traveling and don't have the means to make porridge. I also have a Veloforte bar 2.5 hours before. I eat this for races whatever time of the day!
What is your go-to treat?
It's well known among my cycling friends that I really like icing (like you get on a cake!), which I was constantly told I shouldn't be eating but then a cycling nutritionist did a video where he said it was excellent on-bike fuel. I'm also a fan of dolly mixtures and the new yoghurt-covered Skittles. Also of the crunchy biscoff spread straight from the jar!
What is your number 1 item of kit for winter?
Definitely my Endura Primaloft gilet – small enough to pack in your pocket but oh so cosy.
Favourite music for motivation?
I tend to listen to the radio when I'm training. Pre-race my motivation music changes year on year but will always be something that gets me spinning easily at a cadence of 90-100rpm because this is where I ride most efficiently.
What Superhero would you be?
I think if I'm honest with myself I'm probably most like Batman - I've always used my 'demons' to motivate me to achieve my goals and keep improving, though like Batman at times that took me to unhealthy extremes - in my case over training and racing too much.
What is your favourite indoor session (treadmill/turbo)?
4 or 5 x5-minute efforts or 6 x 3 minutes. Favourite thing to do on the turbo though at the moment is race the WTRL weekly Zwift TTT with my Socks4Watts team.
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I find the information about my blood values at different points in the season very valuable; it helps me guide my training and monitor the training load. Equally my nutritionist, coach and gym coach use this information to better enable them to direct my training. It’s a complete team effort and Edge makes this possible. Plus the test is super quick and easy.
British National Track Champion, Individual Pursuit
I have a real belief that it is not about how hard you can train, but how long you can train. Consistent improvements over time instead of short bouts of hard work split up by long periods out. Edge is an important component of maintaining this healthy training balance. I’ve learnt a lot about my body, the way it reacts to certain stressors and how to look after myself with a view to optimising performance.
1st in stage 1 and 4 of the Tour of Fuzhou, UCI2.1 in China
I started using Edge when I was in a hard block of off-season training preparing for the Commonwealth Games. In the time that I’ve been monitoring my biomarkers, I’ve learnt a lot about my body, the way it reacts to certain stressors and how to look after myself with a view to optimising performance. Having access to historical and current data from the Edge tests I have been much more aware of what issues I might be having and also far better informed before having a discussion with the doctor.
1st 2020 National Hill Climb Champion
I've been looking for a detailed insight into how my body is working internally, so I can act upon any abnormal values. So when I found Edge provides sports-specific biomarkers to analyse my blood, coupled with expert advice tailored to my specific needs, I was very excited to start working with this great company, as it gives me the confidence and reassurance knowing my body is (or isn't) in optimal condition to help with my sports performance.
2018 British Elite Road Race Series Winner