What is the first memory you have of riding a bike?

Our whole family learnt to ride at the same caravan park in Aldeburgh.  I’m pretty sure my brother rode straight into a tree!


How did you get involved in cycling?

I fell in love with cycling just as I was falling out of love with my vet degree at Edinburgh University. I started in my 4th year as a way of de-stressing, and ended up getting completely hooked (and even enjoyed the rest of my degree!).  My local club SDCC have always been super supportive and helped introduce me to racing.


What was your first race and how did it go?

My first race was Ingliston Crits near Edinburgh. I was really pleased with coming 8th at the time! The next week I got a bit carried away and managed to slide out on a corner with nobody around me, but I still loved it!


Why do you race?

I’m very competitive and love the thrill of achieving good results! You can’t beat the feeling of getting your hands in the air! (*hand in the air – 2 handed celebration is a work in progress and the point of much debate with my coach).


Where is your favourite place to ride?

Cyprus


What is your proudest accomplishment thus far?

The biggest buzz I ever got was coming second in the ‘Tour of Cyprus’ the first year I rode it. I had been expecting to be completely out of my depth so it was a massive confidence boost.


Do you have any pre-race routines or lucky charms?

Nah… my warm-up varies depending on how pushed I am for time and the race HQ.


What is the race you would most love to compete in and why?

I would love to ride the ‘Women’s Tour of Britain’ one day for the buzz of competing in front of a home crowd!


What is your favourite music to listen to?

On the turbo I love a bit of cheese – Eminem, Blue, Jason derulo, One Direction…. the list only gets worse.  Off the turbo I’m a lot more reasonable and love anything acoustic.


What do you like to do when you have time at home that is not cycling?

Eating is definitely up there! I used to do a lot of tennis and horse riding but these do get a bit neglected now. Hanging out and relaxing with my non-cycling friends is a great way to unwind.

Rebecca Johnson

Nationality: British

Member of team since:  2018

Discipline(s): Road and Time Trials.

Coach: Jacob Tipper

Bike(s):  Focus Izalco and a ProGenesis Volare

Career Highlights: Tour of Cyprus 2014, 2015, 2016 – 2nd/3rd/3rd; Tour of Sussex – 2nd; Cowley Condors Road Race – 1st; Ryedale Grand Prix – 15th; East District 10 mile TT champion.