A day in the life of cyclocross racer Helen Wyman

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Once a niche discipline in cycling, cyclocross continues to grow every year and reaches far beyond its native Belgium. Professional cyclists specify in the discipline and spend their whole year training for those few cold and wet weather months of fall and winter.

The UCI cyclocross season officially kicked off in China earlier this month and we are just days away from the World Cup opener, to be held in Lass Vegas, Nevada.

Now that the cyclocross season is upon us, we asked veteran cyclocross racer Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) to give us an insight into her daily life as she kicks off her season racing in the United States.

Wyman, going into her tenth season as a professional cyclocross racer, is a nine-time British national champion and two-time European champion. Additionally, Wyman serves on the UCI Cyclocross Commission and is a leading advocate for women in cross. Her lobbying efforts have led to equal prize money at several races as well as the addition of a Women’s U23 category at the UCI World Cyclocross Championships.

Wyman at the start line in Zolder, Belgium.

In an effort to create better opportunities for young women in cyclocross, Wyman this year launched the “NEXT Wyman” project, an initiative aimed at filling the gap between the sport’s leading riders and the up-and-coming individuals that struggle to reach those heights alone.

Wyman took over the Ella twitter account last week while training in Vermont with NEXT Wyman rider Amira Mellor before kicking off her UCI season at the JingleCross World Cup race in Iowa on September 24.

Wyman is the sixth rider in our Twitter Takeover series, an interactive way to provide our readers with unique insights into the daily lives of pro cyclists, and to answers the questions of “what do they eat?”, “How do they train?” and “what do they do all day”.

Here’s how Wyman spends her day:

The good morning post:

Still struggling from jetlag, Helen was up by 7 a.m. enjoying coffee with a view in Vermont.

Breakfast of a cyclocross champion: Cereal with almond milk, maple syrup and raspberries.
“Obviously going to have raspberries cause I’m British and that’s what British people do!”

Training time

Wednesday night worlds tonight, so a morning spin needed.

A video posted by Helen Wyman (@cxhelen) on

Downtime is spent playing Candy Crush with legs up while the hubby washing the bikes
She’s up to Level 1446 on Candy crush and Level 38 on Sim City build it.

Crushing egos at the local Wednesday Night Worlds in Catourmount, Vermont.
Taking sponsor relations to whole new level: Andrew Gardner from Velocio apparel drafted on Wyman’s wheel and still got beat!

Getting over the jetlag
Trying to get over the jetlag, Wyman kept herself awake till a reasonable hour before tucking herself and her mates in.

Thank you all for tuning in and a big thank you to Helen for sharing her day with us!

Follow @ellacyclingtips and the hashtag #adayinthelife to see Helen Wyman’s full day, and stay tuned for more Twitter takeovers.

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