Dionne Allen – International Triathlete and Aspiring Ironwoman
To celebrate International Womens Day we asked 3 of our sponsored riders to share their stories of what inspired them to take up cycling, what motivates them and what their goals are for 2019 and moving forward.
After all, the number of female riders currently involved in cycling has sky rocketed over the last few years and we hope the riders stories below serve to inspire more women to take up this fantastic sport!
How I got into cycling
My mum was a competitive runner and whenever we would go away to keep fit and spend time together we would hire mountain bikes. I guess it sparked something inside of me. However, following in my mums footsteps I persisted with competitive long distance and mountain running.
After falling out of love with running I turned to triathlon at university, here there was a heritage and wealth of female inspiration. From the likes of Chrissie wellington and Non Stanford, 2 of my idols today. As soon as I hopped back on the bike and raced my first triathlon I knew this was my sport. I was well and truly bitten by the triathlon bug!
I have been lucky to be a part of a sport full of female role models and friends which serve to motivate and inspire me each and every day.
Cycling is a big part of my life, it’s my job working for Ribble and my obsession. If I’m not working, I am swimming, biking and running with the majority of training hours spent on the bike. Being on the bike empowers you, it is my happy place, my sanctuary, the places you can travel, the miles you can tick off, the pain of a good session and the people you meet along the way, nothing beats it!
” The only real stress is finding the right pair of socks to match your kit! ”
Biggest Achievement and Goals for 2019
My biggest achievement in triathlon is winning European Gold in my Age Group and Third over all at the European Middle Distance champs. My biggest goal for this season is to qualify for the world 70.3 Ironman Championships and compete highly there.
” Do it for you and don’t feel put off by anyone around you, take it at your own pace and enjoy the journey…most importantly ride with a smile!”Dionne Allen – words of wisdom