Full Name: Jessie Elizabeth Walker
Date of Birth: 20th September 1994
Current Residence: Sheffield, UK
Current Team: Matrix Fitness – Prendas
Interests: Art and Photography
Education: 6th Form: A-Level PE, Psychology, Chemistry
I’ve been cycling for as long as I can remember. Ever since I could sit up we’d go on family rides in Sherwood Forest, I loved it. Cycling is in my genes as my mum and dad were both international level racing cyclists. From my mums side it goes back 4 generations, starting with my great grandad who was a good time trialist. Even my 82 year old grandad still races to this day. He even got voted Britains fittest grandparent when he was 80 and featured on the Alan Titchmarsh Show.
Before cycling, my brother and I starting running and competed in cross country races. My dad asked my brother and I several times if we were interested in cycling but I didn’t give it a second thought. It wasn’t till 2009 that we went to watch one of my dads closest friends, Russell Downing race at Lincoln GP and win, that my brother Joey said he wanted to race. Once he had a bike he did his first race at Richard Dunn in Bradford. I was surprised to see girls racing and soon gave it a go myself. Unfortunately that was the last race of the season so I had to wait to 2010 to race again. 2010 was my first official racing year as a second year under 16. I competed in most of the National series and the UK School Games which I absolutely loved. I learnt so much that year and it gave me even more of a drive to continue to race.
Then I had the big step up to Junior in 2011. As I didn’t have much experience, it was all new and different to me. I competed in most of the Women’s National Series and some of the Team and Tour Series. I mainly concentrated on my GCSE’s as it was my last year at school and I wanted to do my best. I loved the change from small circuit youth races to long distance women’s races. I had a solid winter training making me stronger and ready for the next season of racing.
2012 is going to be an exciting year full of new experiences. I’m so thrilled about being in Matrix Fitness. I love the feeling of being in a team and being independent. I can’t wait for the training camp to the South of France. It will be the perfect opportunity to get to know all the riders. I feel an important part of racing in a team is knowing your team mates as much as possible to work well together in races. I’m sure there will be plenty of laughs in the two weeks we’re away.