£500 Dave Hitchen Grant to Henrietta Colborne

Henrietta Colborne has been cycling since she was 9 years old. She is 10 times National Champion, she has spent 2 years on the British Cycling Olympic pathway, she has won the women’s Tour of Malta, come 7th in European Time Trials, 2nd at Chrono Des Nations, 16th Elite UCI women’s race stage 4 and is the National Junior 10M record holder (20:21 – 8th fastest women’s ride ever). As you can see, the girl has some serious skills!EK Saymn des dames

Henrietta started racing for Beacon Wheelers in 2014 whereupon she progressed to Bontio/Team Jadan in 2015 and then Ford/British Cycling/Isorex & Team Jadan in 2016. Racing for so many teams has helped her get to the races that really matter so she could develop and get the results she needed.

In 2017 Henrietta has been able to base herself in Spain during the winter months so that the British weather wouldn’t restrict her training. She still commuted back to the UK and Western Europe for velodrome racing. Between March & September she is racing for Swabo Ladies, a continental Dutch team and is now based in Holland.

All of the above travelling, training, racing is self funded although she has been lucky enough to secure some David Rayner funding to help financially.

Henrietta aims to progress onto a UCI team in 2018/19 whereupon she will eventually get a salary, equipment support and World Tour race opportunities and her ultimate ambition is to get to the Olympics and become a pro woman cyclist.

When we first heard about Henrietta she was in need of funds to be able to repay her Father for her new race bike. Her old bike, whilst being very well looked after, was very much a ‘weapon of war’ and had been retired to be her training bike. Unfortunately a spot of bad luck hit whilst we were chatting to Henrietta. Her training bike was stolen! Plans changed and Epic Kidz were able to donate £500 to Henrietta to allow her to purchase a new training bike.

We are very much looking forward to watching Henrietta’s cycling career develop. She is definitely one to watch for the future.


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