Another new recruit for 2017/18 at Under-23 level is the 18 year old road racer, Isla Aimée Rush, who currently lives in the beautiful district of North Norfolk, on the central-east coast of England.
Isla has been cycling for the last five years, taking the sport up after several years swimming competitively. Like several individuals in the team who have not always been a sport cyclist, those early years being competitive at another sport, training hard, having hopes and expectations, failures and wins will have given her a good grounding in dealing with the pressure, intensity and success that is on offer in the cycling world.
Her cycling background in just these few short years is pretty impressive too. From training camps in Catalonia with Marianne Vos, to being part of Matrix Pro Cycling and also spending time racing in Belgium. It’s hard to believe Isla is as young as she is.
However, since finishing her A-levels in June 2017, she has been taking a gap year from her studies, spending time working abroad, while also training and riding with current team, Aprire HSS.
On the subject of joining Admiral Liv AWOL and the forthcoming season, Isla said, “I cannot wait to race for such a forward-thinking team in 2018 as my first year as an Under-23. I think it’s really vital that we can all share our experience amongst the team, and I look forward to passing on any advice I have about combining racing and exams to help some of the younger riders. I am now incredibly excited to get stuck into racing with the team in the coming year!”
Isla’s previous teams/clubs include: Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire, Matrix Pro Cycling, WyndyMilla, WindyMilla – Reynolds, North Norfolk Wheelers CC.
She will be riding on Road for Admiral Liv AWOL.
Read Isla’s personal blog at IslaTheCyclist
Follow Isla on Twitter @isla_rush
All photos supplied by Isla Aimée Rush