Team Profile | Elly Franks
What's the bike you're riding right now?
Giant Roadie - TCR1, (and a baby blue single speed).
Would you cheat on your current bike for another bike? If so what bike?
I'm in the market so watch this space!!
If you were a bike what would you be and why?
Well not a town bike! Haha!
Probably a TT bike. Fast, Aero, well looked after, expensive and always looks pretty.
Earliest bike memory?
Getting a BMX hand me down from an older cousin when I was about 8- that gave me the freedom to leave home and ride as fast as I could around town to check the surf before Dad even knew I was gone!
Preferred terrain? Hills, mountains, coastal, flats?
I love coastal rides with friends, but looking back, my most memorable rides were training in the mountains in Italy. I was normally last up the hill, but no fitness level compares to that feeling of hill climbing fitness!
What is your current connection with cycling and how has it become part of your lifestyle?
I've been an athlete my whole life, racing professionally with triathlons for 8 years. Now I've had a 14 months totally off (with sickness), so currently I'm just a normal person, about to start the road to getting fit again! I'm missing racing too much, and I love coaching also, and just being involved in cycling and the triathlon culture. I'm really excited about 2015.
In 3 words describe your coaching style
Adaptable, intuitive and honest