Having spent four and a half years racing for the Storey Racing team via it’s Scholarship Programme in 2016 and in Storey Racing colours from 2017, Monica decided to move away from focusing on a race programme in 2020 and we are delighted she is staying with the team in a mentor role.
Throughout her time racing for the team Monica has always approached everything with the highest standards. Her professional approach has made her a role model to riders of all ages, quietly working hard and showing dedication to her training, racing, team mates and team, a balance that not every rider successfully achieves.
As Monica explores new challenges and direction, it’s fantastic that she will continue to be involved with the riders of Storey Racing in her new role as a rider mentor.
From remote support during training blocks via the internet and messaging services, to a more hands on role at certain events, Monica will continue to be a big part of the team, whilst developing her own skills in the various staffing roles of a sports team that appeal to her.
Speaking about the transition, team captain and manager, Dame Sarah Storey said, “Monica is an incredible team player, she has raced in a variety of events on the road from the hardest of UCI events, to the loneliness of a long time trial. Her experience playing a team role but also knowing when to crack on for the result herself, shows her judgement of situations is exceptional and it is fantastic the riders of the team will benefit from her mentorship.”
“The role Monica will play for each rider will differ depending on their personal journey, but I know that her professional approach and understanding of everything from navigating the complicated world of social media and off the bike promotion, to how you make a good decision in a tough race setting, will make her invaluable to everyone.”
There is no doubt that Monica is held in very high esteem by all the staff and riders who have worked with her and with an innate ability to put people at their ease, Monica is an asset the team are delighted to still have in their corner.
Speaking of her new role, Monica commented, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time racing in Storey Racing colours so to be able to remain part of the team in the mentor role is something I am excited about. Athletes often talk about the hard decision of knowing when to stop racing and of missing certain aspects of the team they have left behind, so this role feels like the perfect opportunity for my transition away from full-time racing. The Storey Racing riders all have personal goals that span across track, road, time trial and off road events and I’m lucky to have experience in a variety of disciplines, so I can’t wait to support them to achieve success.”
“As a mentor I know my role will be varied and depend on what each rider needs, but I hope that the many experiences I have had working under Sarah and Barney will help me guide the riders and help them find answers to any of the questions they may have. I have benefited from support and guidance both on and off the bike throughout my time with the team and so I know how vital it is that riders are maximising their opportunities off the bike and outside of race days.”
During lockdown the team have developed a new way of working, to maintain contact with each other and foster the team spirit and fun that we pride ourselves in having. Like and subscribe to our YouTube Channel to keep up to date with the various videos of lockdown activities and follow Monica on her own social channels via her rider profile.