Charline Joiner

Wednesday, 1st March, 2017


We had yet another quick chat with one of our past riders of the Year, to find out a little bit more of how things are with them. This time it was Charline Joiner, from the class of 2010.
 
Charline was originally a hockey player, but suffered from knee and shin injuries. ‘I was keen to keep my fitness levels  up,  while I studied a sports science degree, and cycling was perfect. I realized I enjoyed it and was good at it and started racing at the Meadowbank velodrome in 2008, with help from my dad’.
 
From there Charline was picked up by the Girls4Gold talent ID programme in 2009, which was set up to stream young female athletes into the Olympics training squad. From there she spent some time with the Team GB Sprint Squad, with some success, before being released.
 
‘I also spent three months training with the French track squad in Paris, as my mum is French. I had a great time and really enjoyed it, but it was too expensive for me to continue to do that.’
 
In 2010 Charline raced for Scotland in at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, where she secured a silver medal in the Team Sprint. Unsurprisingly, this is one if her career highlights. This performance also contributed to her being awarded Rider of the Year that year. ‘The award really helped raise my profile. It looked great on my cycling CV and helped secure sponsorship! The financial support also helped take the pressure off and meant I could pay for flights to races etc  without any worry and concentrate on racing. It was a big help’.
 
Following Charline’s success in sprinting on the track she moved to endurance, before ultimately racing on the road. ‘Two of my big career highlights came on the road in the Tour Series at Croydon in 2015 and at the Otley Grand Prix in 2016, both of which I won. They are both great races! But I am also very proud of taking part in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, despite a heavy crash in Girona during preparations.’’
 
However, all good things must come to an end, and in mid-2016 Charline decided to call time on her professional cycling career.  ‘I have been thinking about the future for a while, and felt it was time to move on. I want to stay in sport. My plan is to offer 1-2-1 coaching and group sessions on strength and conditioning. It’s something which is not really being looked at below the top level of cycling and I want offer this to club cyclists and those aiming to break through and give them a competitive edge.’’

With time for one more quick question,  I ask Charline if she has any tips for young cyclist and she duly obliges with several tips to help improve:
‘’Accept that failure can lead to success. Learn from your mistakes and not to give up’’.
‘’Keep a training diary’’
‘’Have a positive mental attitude’’

Some great tips for cycling and life in general!
Thanks again to Charline and we wish you well in the new career.





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