Monday, October 19, 2009

Last weeks athlete profile

Hannah Thorne, 32 years old

Hannah is currently based in Dunedin, working as a doctor specialising in Pathology.She is originally from Shropshire in the UK where she spent most of her spare time horse-riding whilst growing up.
Hannah had a bit of a late introduction to multisport, cycling and racing in general. She first picked up mountain biking when she moved to Rotorua from the UK in 2003, loved it and ended up competing in some local Rotorua races.

For a challenge, some friends and her entered the 2005 2 day individual Coast to Coast, so she taught herself to kayak and road bike. Hannah ended up in the top 10 women and after that became a bit hooked on racing!

Since injuring her knee in 2005 her focushas been more on cycling. What kind of cycling? well anythings with two wheels will do; road, cyclocross, cross country MTB, downhill MTB.... you name it and Hannah probably rides it fast.

'Since moving to Dunedin at the start of 2007 and training with Matty, I have been able to achieve results in multisport and cycling that I am very proud of. My favourite pastime though is still riding singletrack and doing jumps on my mountain bike :)'

'The best thing I have found with EPC is the training programmes are designed to fit around other commitments like work. The training sessions focus on making the most of the time available to me. This usually means lots of intervals that are hard but they really work. I've also enjoyed the social aspect of the group training sessions and have met lots of really nice, like-minded people.'

Past results:
1st open woman Whaka 100km MTB, Rotorua
1st open woman Mountain 2 Mountain
1st women's team Peak to Peak
1st solo woman Naseby 12hr MTB
1st masters woman South Island XC Cup
2nd open woman Bannockburn Gutbuster MTB
1st open woman (2nd woman overall) K2 road race, Coromandel
3rd open woman Whaka 100km MTB, Rotorua
2nd open woman Mountain 2 Mountain
1st women's team Peak to Peak
3rd individual woman Goldrush
2nd individual woman Rail Trail Duathlon
2nd open woman Otago Peninsula Challenge MTB
Future plans:To focus more on cycling (particularly mountain biking) and to race elite women cross country MTB in the summer. I may also try some singlespeed and 24 hour MTB racing to keep things interesting!

Hannah would like to say a big thanks to her sponsor R&R Sport

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