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In our latest Featured Athlete profile we speak with young English talent Amelie Wayte, who has recently been selected onto the British Cycling Academy. The 15-year-old has proved skilful in many disciplines and has had success in CycloCross along with road and track racing. Amelie has been working closely with coach Ciara MacManus to help develop her skills and knowledge as she progresses through the ranks. Amelie rides for The MI Racing Academy which has taken a strong focus on developing young talent and helping riders make the most of their desire to improve and develop.
We caught up with Amelie as she talks about her training with Ciara and the exciting prospect of being part of the British Cycling Academy and her goals for the future both on and off the bike.
How does it feel to be selected as part of the British Cycling Academy?
I was really excited when I received the invite to become a BC Apprentice this year. It is something I had always hoped for, but not something I specifically targeted, I have just ridden and raced my bike in all disciplines for a number of years. I feel very lucky and privileged to have been given this opportunity and aim to immerse myself in it and try to develop myself both on and off the bike as much as I can.
How do you feel Structured coaching has helped you since starting your work with your coach?
Structured training has massively improved my focus, self-confidence, motivation and organisation. It has allowed me to work on my weaknesses, which if left to my own devices I would probably avoid!
What has been the biggest change from the training you have done before?
The training I receive from Dig Deep is more scientific and progressive than anything I have done before. All my workouts are based on my parameters, so I know how hard I am working and can gauge my improvement.
What is the biggest benefit you see with working with the Dig Deep Coaching team?
Having Ciara to talk to has helped me improve my technique on the turbo, focus and understand how my workouts relate to real racing situations. Her advice and positive feedback has improved my confidence and made me far more relaxed at races. It has enabled me to push myself well out of my comfort zone and to do things I didn't think was capable of and would have given up on before.
What is your short term and long term aims in both cycling and outside of the cycling world?
This year my overall aim is to make myself the best I can be on the track, I have been given the opportunity to spend more time on my track riding than ever before, it has always been hard to get on their frequently, so I intend to immerse myself in it with the aim of being selected to ride on the junior academy next year.
I also want to ride my local cx league as well as I can, one race at a time, with a good league result as an aim. Nationally I will ride 4 National Trophy Rounds and he national champs, aiming again to ride as well as I can and hopefully achieving good results. Outside of cycling, my 'gold' goal is good GCSE results, down the line I would like to study Sports Science at University and become a cycle coach.
Your favourite training spin and why (locations / type of session etc)
My 'mojo' ride is on my mtb with my best mtb buddies. We regularly hit some local woods with loads of natural and some built single track, techy climbs and descents, drop offs, steps, and beautiful Peak District views. This makes me happy and is fun in any weather and even in the dark.
What motivates you to train when you’re tired/cold/late at night
Knowing it will make me better, believing in what I am doing, focussing on my goals. You always feel better/good when you have nailed a tough session, Ciara knows he one I'm talking about.
You favourite Pro race of the year you look forward to watching and why?
CX World Champs, we get together at a friend’s house and watch it on big screens. Last year saw a British 1,2,3 in the junior men's, but my highlight was the elite women's race, the final lap was so exciting, especially when Cant stalled on the final kick to the tarmac and outsprinted Vos to finally take the title.
I also love the World Track champs, particularly team pursuit, points racing and madison, all events I love doing myself.
What is he best bit of advice anyone has ever given you in regards to Cycling?
Don't be afraid to fail
We would like to wish Amelie all the best as she continues on her journey within cycling and on the new opportunities with the British Cycling Academy in 2018.