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Annie Last’s mountain bike masterclass

February 29, 2012

Annie Last, a 2012 Olympic mountain biking hopeful, will be going to train at the Adrenaline Gateway, Rossendale, this Saturday 3 March and will lead a skills masterclass workshop with local women to help to encourage more people to become involved with her sport.

Annie, 21, is the current UK National Mountain Bike Champion and two time U23 World Mountain Bike silver medallist, and had her best ever season in 2011, establishing herself as one of the most exciting female riders in the world.

She is very much a developing athlete; yet she already has a reputation as one of the most technically-gifted female riders on the World Cup circuit, with a tenacious approach to racing.

With the Olympics approaching, Annie is currently training hard towards her 2012 season goals of a medal at the London Olympics and winning her first world championship. She also rides for the riding for the Milka-Brentjens MTB Racing Team.

Annie is passionate about her sport and has ambition to inspire more females to ride mountain bikes and give them the confidence to take to the great outdoors with their family or friends; an environment where they can experience the sense of achievement, the traffic free riding and the health and fitness benefits that come with her sport.

Annie said, “I had the idea of running the skills masterclass while riding at our technical training venue in Lee Quarry.  I’d like to see more women take to cycling, in particular Mountain Biking, and putting something back into my sport in this way is something I am really passionate about continuing to do.

“I hope the sessions will provide fellow female riders with the skills to get more out of their riding. In particular I like the idea of mums being able to feel more confident to go to parks or trail centres with the kids and enjoy traffic free riding, and post ride tea and cake!

“A big thank you to Rossendale Borough Council and Lancashire County Council for their support for my first masterclass. They have created a great training venue at Lee Quarry that has helped me improve as a rider and I am really pleased I am able to hold the first of these events there.”

Although fully booked this time round, more skills masterclasses are planned for the spring and are designed to provide an opportunity for females of all riding ability to get together and learn how to improve their technical ability, be that basic balance and coordination or an introduction to something more challenging. Participants will also learn how to set up a bike with Annie’s mechanic.

Don’t miss out on a spot next time – see www.britishcycling.org.uk for more info.

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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