Boosting the team’s representation in the North East, alongside existing team member Hannah Bayes, is Louise Scupham, another Yorkshire lass who started her cycling journey with Scarborough Paragon Cycling Club. They currently live only a few miles apart, so they’re both excited to be racing on the same team.
Louise’s first love was swimming and she still uses it as cross training whenever she can. A county finalist in the pool and North East silver medallist in her preferred discipline of Open water, she was also part of the first relay team to swim the entire 42 miles of Yorkshire coast before she decided to focus on cycling in 2014.
Setting herself crazy challenges is a habit of hers. Louise’s first road race was the inaugural Women’s Tour de Yorkshire in 2015. Her first track event the National Junior Championships. Her first 50-mile time-trial was the National Championship. You get the picture.
Her journey really began back in 2012, when she entered the Junior 25-mile Time-Trial Championships aged 14. She had only ever completed the distance once before and was crowned National Champion when none other than Elinor Barker failed to start (thanks for that Elinor!) This started off a successful junior time-trial career where she won 15 national medals, culminating in 2015 where she medalled in every National Championship event, winning the Circuit and Closed-Circuit Championships and becoming National Junior Champion of Champions.
Since then she has loved mixing road and time-trials throughout her season with her highlights being: racing the National tour series, coming 4th in the Yorkshire Road Championships in 2017, winning the Harrogate Nova Road-Race and competing in her first stage race, The Ras na mBan in Ireland.
Louise reflected on her start in cycling. “As a late starter, I never got the chance to ride Youth or Junior races on the road, so the difficulty of the transition from local circuit races to racing senior National Series is something I well understand.”
She continues “Teams for young riders and the opportunities they offer are vital in helping girls make the transition. 2018 has been an incredibly tough year, with a broken collarbone and University exams, but I’m more motivated than ever and hugely looking forward to joining the Admiral Liv AWOL team for 2019.”
Louise’s previous teams/clubs include: Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Velo, Scarborough Paragon CC
She will be riding on road for Admiral Liv-AWOL.
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Louise’s British Cycling Individual Points