In the year after a year of lockdowns, uncertainty, missed time at school and general upheaval, you’d be forgiven for thinking that riders might need to ease themselves back in to the swing of racing alongside training and a more normal school routine. Lockdown 3 added more uncertainty in the early part of 2021 too, so giving riders time and space to adjust back is a strategy that most team managers and parents can probably identify with.
Enter Cat Ferguson. A rider that has been quietly beavering away in her hometown of Skipton, but unassumingly just getting on with the hard graft of everything we can all relate to over the past year. She joined Storey Racing for what ended up being a very disrupted cyclo-cross season, but you’d never have guessed that there was such big gaps between events, including the disappointment of a cancelled National Championships. Cat just ploughed on, and has been turning heads with her performances ever since.
Racing is just racing for this rider and it is superb to watch her broaden her horizons as she gets faster and stronger, rather than trying to narrow them. A dominant force off road on the cyclo-cross bike, Cat seamlessly tackled the start of the circuit racing season with multiple impressive victories including a very memorable day out in Loughborough where the Storey Racing senior women were in action too.
However most impressive has been her natural switch between bikes and racing surface, with one week victory in the track omnium and the next a victory [including over senior women] in the midweek mountain bike madness series.
As we approach the midpoint of the year and one of the most prestigious rounds of the National Circuit Series, for both Youth and Senior riders alike, we’ll be continuing to support and cheerlead for Cat as she defends her series lead. Having won round 1 and finishing second in round 2, the third round in Otley is on a circuit more suited to her attacking style, but as Cat knows well, there’s no time for assuming a race, it’s all about the hard graft and reading the tactics of everyone around you.
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