With just a few weeks left to go until the first round of the 2016 Pearl Izumi Tour Series gets underway we’ll be giving you an insight into the personal lives of some of your favourite riders.

With our ‘Meet the Riders’ series you’ll get to know what makes the athletes tick, from their guilty pleasure to their choice of superpower as well as some of their cycling tips and secrets.

Next up in the series is SunSport Velo’s Josie Knight who was recently riding in the 2016 UCI Track World Championships for Ireland. You can find her fact-file below:

General Questions

Full name: Josie Knight
Date of birth: 29/3/1997
Place of birth: Aylesbury, UK
Pets: English Bull Terrier
First Bike: A Raleigh
Current Bike: A Ritte
First Race: Kerry county championships
First Win: Kerry county championships
Best moment in cycling: Winning silver at the junior European track championships
Worst moment in cycling: Crashing at the junior world road championships in 2014.
Pre-race meal: Usually porridge and banana or rice and tinned tuna
Post-race meal: Never usually too hungry after my recovery shake so anything will do.
Who do you train with? During the track season I train with the other track women but at this time of
year mostly on my own or with my brother.
If you weren’t a cyclist what would you be? Studying something at uni.
What advice would you give to anyone who wants to become a professional cyclist? Just to work
hard and to remember not every training day will be enjoyable but it’s the ones that you don’t want to do that count the most.
Biggest Inspiration? My Dad
Hobbies outside cycling? Cooking, Sewing and swimming.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? To be able to teleport all over the world.
Guilty pleasure? Anything sweet!

Either or…

Facebook or Twitter
Fry up or Continental
Bath or Shower
Astronaut or Deep sea diver
Football or Rugby
Cinema or Theatre
Batman or Superman
Dress up or Dress down
Cats or Dogs
Long socks or Short socks


Professional Cyclist: Fabian Cancellara
Race to ride: Anything on the track
Race to watch: Paris Roubaix
Film: Pride and Prejudiced
Actor/Actress: Leonardo DiCaprio
Holiday Destination: I don’t have a favourite I love to travel the world.
Song: Far too many to name just one!