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Hannah Nicklin at the Lovelo Cinnelli Road Race
Photo credit: Matt Buckley

I’m Hannah Nicklin, a South London-based cyclist, originally from Lincolnshire. My sport growing up was swimming, which I¬†did to a county level, with the odd international meet.¬†I¬†stopped swimming to concentrate on my studies (eventually completing a PhD) but picked up swimming again in my mid-20s. In 2012 I decided to try a ‘sprint’ triathlon, as a way to motivate my¬†running and swimming training, and bought a ¬£100 steel road bike. In 2013 I did an Olympic distance triathlon, in 2014 a Half-Ironman distance, and in 2015 I completed the Outlaw Ironman distance triathlon in Nottingham (by this point I had bought a better bike).

Having run out of triathlon distances I¬†thought it would be useful to try and actually get better, rather than go further, and as cycling was by far my weakest discipline I attended a women’s novice race training session at Cyclopark in Kent, run by¬†Huw Williams. Coupled with some novice Twilight Races at the circuit, I¬†discovered the world of crit racing, and it turned out to be way more fun that triathlon! I¬†was hooked.

I went from cat 4 to 2 in my first full season (2016) and in 2017 I’m riding for Velo Club Londres, and then Twickenham CC, as I tackle more challenging road races, stage racing, and the Women’s Team Series where I hope to develop additional team tactical nous (as well as my own riding). Huw Williams, based at Cadence Performance is now my¬†coach, and I’m¬†looking forward to a great 2017 of racing!

In ‘real life‘ I works as a writer and narrative designer, performer, and academic in the realms of experimental art¬†and video games. I’m¬†also a member of the 2017 ¬†London Women’s Racing League committee; LWR¬†played a key role in my journey into the sport in 2016, and I’m¬†currently repaying the favour by being their Social Media Secretary.