Mel originally took up cycling when she started doing sprint triathlons as a way to keep fit. Having completed several sprint distance triathlons she was sucked into going up to the next distance until she found herself on the start line of an Ironman! When a running injury put an end to her triathlon career she decided to focus on cycling.
In 2015 she signed up to Rebecca Slack’s South East Women’s TT Series (SEWTTS) entered in the road bike category. One of the races in the series was the National 25 mile champs, originally intending to ride this on her road bike she had a last minute change of plan when she found out that there was no one from the road bike category racing that day and was advised to beg, borrow or steal something more aero! She ended up riding a TT bike for the first time in what was also her first 25 mile TT and taking 3rd place. Spurred on by her success she also entered the National 10 mile and Closed Circuit champs and placed 2nd in both races.
Lives: Hagerstown, London
Occupation: Customer Experience Manager, Debenhams
PBs: 10 miles – 22:01, 25 miles – 55:33
2016 Targets: Represent the team in National Time Trial Championships. Targeting BBAR 2016.
2015 10 mile CTT Champs – Silver
2015 25 Mile CTT Champs – Bronze
2015 RTCC National Championship (Closed Circuit) – Silver
Photo: (c) Carel Du Plessis