Unless you’ve been hiding or riding you can’t help but notice we have a new Champion. World champion too. No, not those boys that kicked a ball about. In 4x. To say that Katy is a little happy is a bit of an understatement. I should imagine there’s a Cheshire cat grin still being sported by her even now a couple of weeks later. Well, the girls are flying these days and we have been fortunate enough to grab Katy for a lo-down on what er.. went down.
1, So 4x World Champion then?
World Champion, pretty mad!
2, Has it sunk in yet?
Ha, it has just about now, it feels so good to have finally got it done. Knowing all the hard work over the last few years has actually paid off.
3, Did it come as a complete surprise or did you get a “Feeling ” about it?
To be honest I was real confident going in to the race but after I burped the air out my tire in qualifying I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Landing the 2nd pro line jump did come as a surprise though! I never had any intention of doing it but when you see the rainbow jersey disappearing of in the distance I had to do something!
4, Talk us through the Race?
For the first 2 heat of racing it went fairly easy, Anneke and myself were the only 2 jumping the top pro line so after we had done this we were leading by a comfortable distance. Sat on the gate for the final I knew anything could happen, as the gate dropped Anneke and me were level down the first straight but Anneke soon shot ahead out the first corner. Trying to keep calm (but failing miserably) I followed Anneke’s back wheel down the track thinking where I could make the move. As we came over the bridge I knew I had to hit this last jump, as Anneke pull off to left around it the next thing I knew I was in mid air praying I was going to make it! I landed and it paid off, I landed just in front of Anneke and shot in to the last berm. At this point my head was going wild but knew I still had to get to the finish line to claim that jersey. When I crossed the line everything has kind of just gone in to a blur! It was wild, I couldn’t believe it at the time. Without a doubt the best feeling ever.
5, You’re now a member of an elite club now who wear the Strips. Not only that but But a Brit too. How does it feel?
Pretty amazing to be honest, I put so much work in to this over the last few years and it really got to me last year only managing silver. Silver is still an ok result but when you put so much in to that one race its heart breaking when it doesn’t go your way. This year how ever makes up for everything! Ive put 4X to one side now to focus on downhill but I think I may have to race at least one national race just to wear that lovely jersey!
6, I bet there was a fair old party after eh?
Oh yeah! I think my last memory of the night was Slavik and myself up on someones shoulders both in our jerseys just partying hard! My head was pretty cloudy the next morning!
7, Ok so you are World Champ, but what’s next?
This year for me is a little different, i’m focusing on downhill now and want to try claw my way to the top in that sport. The girls are pushing so hard it will take a lot of work but I love a challenge and love being back on the big bike again. I will be racing the rest of the downhill world cups with the aim of being selected for world champs in downhill.
8, This must fire you up for the series now?
I’d love to say yes but I just need a change of direction. I love 4X and really cant say a bad word about it but I have reached my goals in 4X and now want to see if I can push myself to get to the top in downhill.
9, Who was you main worry on the day?
I knew Anneke was going to be a strong contender there, with qualifying working in Anneke’s favour as well I knew she would get the advantage in the gate. Anneke is a strong athlete and I love racing against her, it pushes us both on for sure.
10, Any last words or thanks?
I need to thank so many people but I think most of them have had a personal message from me so I wont bore anyone with a list of thanks but will just say thank you to everyone out there who has supported me from day one, I appreciate it so much and wouldn’t be here with out everyone’s support.
So there you have it. Britain has another member in the exclusive Rainbow jersey club. We will have to keep an eye on this young lady as she switches over to Downhill. I have a feeling a few cages will be rattled along the way. Oh did we not mention? Katy has been on here before in a Who are you? Interview too.
We here at HTN wish katy the very best in her future endeavours.