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Anna Turvey

Discipline: Road, Track,
Gender: Female
Date of Birth: 05/02/1980
Born: Sunderland, UK
Lives: Sunderland, UK
Team: Tyneside Vagabonds CC

Anna TurveyAnna Turvey has burst on to the cycling scene, and since declaring for Ireland in late 2015, The Sunderland born racer has taken the women's time trial scene by storm, having won the National title last year, before going on to compete in the European and World Road Championships. She has also proven that her time trialling skills transfer to the track, winning the individual time trial at the Irish National Cycling Championships in June, 2016. She then rode for Ireland at the 2016 European Road Championships and in the women's time trial event at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships. She competed both in the individual pursuit and the team pursuit at the 2016 UEC European Track Championships in Paris, finishing third and eight respectively.

Biography

Despite her relative late start in sport, Anna’s rise to success has been fast. She came to cycling through triathlon before competing at European, World and Commonwealth level, picking up several medals along the way. It all began when, whilst she was still competing in triathlon, she realised she had a talent for cycling time trials, and tried her hand at track in 2014.



Having previously won medals at British and European level in both Triathlon and Duathlon, Anna’s success continued when switching to cycling with her competing for Scotland in the Commonwealth games before winning European bronze in the individual pursuit representing Ireland last year.
Although Anna was born in Sunderland, she never actually rode for GB and she never expected to get the chance to compete in anything like the Commonwealth Games when she started out in time trials. However, when she found out through a friend that she had (inadvertently) met some of the selection criteria to represent the host nation, Scotland, at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she was given the opportunity of a lifetime. She describes competing in the games as an amazing experience and she would recommend any cyclist to take the opportunity if it arises.


When Anna returned from the games in Glasgow, She returned to her full time job as an optometrist. She didn't expect any further opportunities to compete at the highest level. However, that all changed when she mentioned to a friend who was cycling for Ireland that she was eligible to ride for them as well, soon after this Cycling Ireland Technical Director Brian Nugent reached out to her. Around September 2015, she got back on the saddle and hasn’t looked back since, having her best season yet in 2016.


Anna performs in the team pursuit with Lydia Boylan, Lydia Gurley and Eileen Burns. She thinks her teammates help her perform at her best as they push each other on. Although she knows that athletes naturally push themselves anyway, riding together at a road camp she believes gives them an extra edge, with her often being inspired by her teammates.


Being on any team or program is naturally a pressured environment but Anna believes the pressure helps her to push herself more. The training on the program is ridiculously hard, but it works (as you can see from her results both individually and as part of a team) and Anna realises it’s necessary for her to fulfil her potential. Despite the training being challenging Anna really enjoys it, and for this reason is hoping to get more time to train instead of working in the future, with the reward of getting to compete at major championships making it all worthwhile.


Anna also realises that she is more fortunate than other female cyclists as she is self-employed in her profession and can take the time off to go racing and training. It can still be difficult however as she does not earn any money whilst away from work, and it is still very hard for a female rider to make a living even at the elite level.


Her main goals last season were to break the Irish National records for the ten and twenty five mile time trial, and to win the time trial at Irish Nationals. She managed to achieve these aims and as a result got to compete in the European and World Road Championships as well as the European Track Championships (where she won bronze in the individual pursuit). Turvey viewed these experiences as unexpected bonuses.


As long as Anna is enjoying training and racing, she'll carry on. She is always aiming to improve in any way she can. Mainly, she tries to improve physically, but there are many other things to consider such as how she plans and prepare for races, equipment, executing a race, preparing mentally, recovery, nutrition, and dealing with the pressure of big races. She feels that she will best learn how to improve in these areas through continuing to gain more race experience. Up to this point, Anna Turvey has experienced a rapid ascent in cycling, and looking ahead to the future she will hope that she can keep on this upward trajectory.



READ A Q&A WE DID WITH ANNA AFTER HER EUROPEAN BRONZE MEDAL

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