No stranger to the team is Connie Hayes. Connie describes herself as an all-rounder, a strong tester who can also tackle anything from hills to crits. Connie is probably most famous for her bravery in the form of never being afraid to attack, most notable moments being her early attacks at the 2019 national elite road race championships and stage 6 of the Ras Na Ma Ban stage race in Ireland where she won the combativity prize/daily beast award. In recent years she’s also slowly become a passionate cyclo-cross rider during the winter having recently taken 15th overall at the national trophy round at York and 17th at the Crawley national round.
2019 was a crazy year for Connie on the road with over 50 starts for the team in everything from regional races (she was on the podium in 15 of them and made the top step 4 times!) to her first UCI races as a senior. Her favourite being GP international D’Isbergues where she finished 78th which doesn’t sound like much but to just get round a race of that standard at just 18 years old was a huge achievement. “to be riding alongside riders who I have looked up to for years was crazy let alone to be finishing with and beating some of them”. Earlier on in the season, she had also managed 48th at stage 1 of the Tour de Belle Isle en Terre when guesting for our friends at Team Torelli. “it was another hilly UCI in France and it was the race in 2019 where I learned the most about myself and I realised that maybe just maybe I am good enough to race at UCI level”. The hilly road results continued with Connie getting 35th at the St Maria- Lierde road race in Belgium. Connie had also managed to bag herself 16th at the National Criterium championships at Rochester which was a huge result for her especially after a rough tour series due to being in the middle of exam season.
Away from the bike 2019 also saw her successfully complete her A level exams which gained her a place to study Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London. 2020 will not only see Connie be supported by Liv AWOL but also by QMUL in the form of there elite athlete program. “I am really excited for 2020 not just with Liv AWOL but also having a large amount of support from QMUL, I am really excited to see what I can do as I believe that 2019 was just the start of the fun I will have as an U23”
And when not racing, Connie indulges her other passion (as does teammate Hannah Bayes), riding her horse, Jack.
Connie’s previous clubs include: CC Hackney, Hub Velo
She will be riding on Road, Time Trial and Cyclo-cross for Admiral Liv AWOL.
Follow Connie on Twitter @connie_hayes123
Connie’s British Cycling Individual Points
Featured photo by Huw Williams