Louise Borthwick


From

Edinburgh

Club

Matrix Fitness-Vulpine

I began racing 5 years ago in Scottish mountain bike races and 4 years ago I switched to road as my main focus. 2011 was my final year in the youth categories and I gradually moved up positions in the British races, constantly improving. In Scotland I won 3 Scottish championships as well as the Skinny Tyres series. I was also able to take part in road races in the Basque country and County Mayo. 2012 saw me begin racing as a woman and spending most of the year learning and adapting to the change from youth racing. However I still had some success and won 4 Scottish Championships at Junior Level and won 3 bronzes in Scottish Championships at Senior Level. I also raced in the British National Womens Series and improved throughout the season to finish with a best placing of 11th overall and 3rd Junior. Last year was a breakthrough year for me in terms of performance in womens races. I placed well throughout the season in the British Womens Series to finish the series in 5th overall and 1st Junior with my best result coming in the final round where I finished second. I also had results in a number of top level crit races that were televised, highlights being 5th in the British Crit Champs and 2nd in the Westminster GP. This lead to me being signed for one of the top womens teams in the UK, Matrix Fitness - Vulpine, for the 2014 season.

Results

2013 Best Results: Westminster GP - 2nd British Crit Champs - 5th Stafford GP - 2nd City of Perth GP Overall - 7th Tour Series Woking Round - Sprints and Combativity Prize Guildford Town Centre Crits - 4th Scottish Womens Crit Champs - 2nd British Junior Road Race Champs - 4th The Milk Race Crit - 11th Otley Crits - 5th

Ambitions


In 2014 I hope to have a successful first year with my new team and continue improving on my results in the British Womens Series, I know a lot of the races are going to be longer so this will provide an extra challenge. I plan to continue with my attacking riding style in the top level crit races which will bring exposure for the team as well as, hopefully, results. I know our DS, Stefan Wyman, has some racing on the continent planned so I hope to make a good showing in those races too. To make the team for The Womens Tour of Britain would be really good. Beyond 2014 I would like to become a professional, I think seeing Hannah Barnes turn pro after a very good year in the UK is a positive sign that teams are looking at racing in the UK and I know Matrix Vulpine will teach me a lot about riding in a team which I can take forward. In 2018 I hope to be a well developed bike racer and lead the Scotland Team in the road race at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.