Join Elinor Barker MBE, a two-time world cycling champion in an interview about her lockdown training for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics with cycling journalist and TV presenter, Rebecca Charlton!
About Elinor Barker and Rebecca Charlton
Track & road cyclist: Olympic, World, Commonwealth & National champion & world record holder
The chance sighting of the Maindy Flyers Cycling Club, while on her way to a swimming class in her home town of Cardiff, led the 10-year-old Elinor Barker to turn her back on the pool in favour of the velodrome and set her on the way to becoming a World, Commonwealth, European and Olympic champion and a world record holder at only 22.
As a junior Elinor quickly made her mark by winning gold in the individual pursuit at the National Track Championships in 2011 and by winning the women’s junior Time Trial gold at the 2012 UCI Road World Championships in Limburg, Netherlands.
Looking ahead now, Elinor is working hard towards success in Tokyo 2021. Off the track, Elinor was voted the 2012 BBC Wales Junior Sportswoman of the Year, received a nomination for 2016 & 2018 BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year and received an MBE from the Queen in the New Year Honours 2016.
TV presenter, journalist, cycling commentator, voice over & event host
Rebecca Charlton is a TV presenter, journalist and author. Rebecca has written two books on cycling with Bloomsbury and can be found presenting and commentating on channels including Eurosport and ITV.
As well as contributing to a number of magazines on all things fitness and cycling Rebecca is an event host and public speaker. She regularly hosts large-scale stage Q&As at events such as the Cycle Show, the London Bike Show and live events such as Zwift live and the Bike Biz Awards.
Having raced in several disciplines of competitive cycling from a young age Rebecca brings a particular wealth of knowledge on the sport, and is key in the development of Bespoke M Travel, hosting trips in Mallorca each year. Rebecca is the lead presenter on ITV's coverage of the OVO Energy Women's Tour of Britain and was a reporter on the Tour of Britain in 2019.
In addition, Rebecca has co-written two cycling fitness books with Bloomsbury and is regularly on-hand for advice, on getting started and improving general fitness, for a number of national magazines and newspapers. Fitter, Further, Faster is a complete guide to how to prepare for road riding and sportive events aimed both at first timers and those more experienced. Organised around a six-month timeline that shows readers how to prepare for an event, it looks at training plans - for speed, endurance, pacing, technique and attitude on climbs - leading up to the event itself and subsequent effective recovery. It covers diet, how to cope in all weathers, the rules and etiquette of road riding, the mind, the body, coping with injuries and breakdowns and on-the-bike nutrition.