Julie Lilley – is a recent recruit to the world of club racing (and TT’s) and very much enjoys the competitive aspect of racing – quite often under the watchful eye of dad, Paul, the poster boy of Accredited Marshals!
How long have you been racing?
I’ve been competing in club and interclub racing for two years.
What ya riding?
Bianchi Aria Aero 105 Di2 disc carbon road bike. This was a little treat to myself last year. (One wonders what a big treat would be like!!).
What type of racer are you? Climber, Sprinter, Rouleur? And what category of racing licence do you hold?
I have a Limited Competition Licence. When it comes to racing, I love climbing, honestly, I do! However, there is nothing better than a sprint finish!
We are blessed with fantastic roads and have a healthy club racing scene. What is your favourite club circuit and why?
Tandragee Circuit. My first race was there so it’s at the top of my list.
What races or events are on your bucket list that you’d like to ride?
I’m excited to try the Kinallen Circuit road race used as part of the interclub series.
Racing accolades / achievements to date.
Although I have only been racing for a couple of seasons, I managed to win the club Ladies BAR (Best All Rounder) and Most Improved TT Rider awards last season.
Which cyclist inspires you – past or present? And why?
I’m very much going with a rider from the present – Ruth McKee. I have to say her as she is my 2 Up buddy and the person that persuaded (for persuaded read shouted at me) to get my racing licence. As a result of riding with her I have managed to up my game. Thanks Ruthy!
What does your training regime consist of? And what are your goals for 2023?
It very much depends on the weather. Turbo if its not great and then out on the road as much as possible. I also love weightlifting and usually visit the gym at least twice a week. The key goal for 2023 will be to participate in a lot more races as well as targeting improved TT times.
If you could combine three strengths from other riders in the club to make you the complete rider – what would they be (you must also name the riders!).
Brian Hannon (aka the train) – for his consistency.
David Ross – for outright power
Mark Kendall – for his speed on the road.
Cycling is always evolving as is racing. Tell me one thing you would change in relation to Open Racing to make it better.
Anything that encourages more women into cycling would get a big thumbs up from me.