25 May 2019
| THE HEARTBEAT OF WOMEN'S SPORT

Cannondale Girls recruit Olympic silver medalist, Heather Fell

March 29, 2017
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Cannondale Girls have a new recruit to their team of female cyclists, but this team member is a relative newbie to the world of cycling –  Heather Fell, Olympic silver medallist in Modern Pentathlon. Heather will represent the women-only team in a mix of triathlon and cycling events this season, starting with her first Ironman triathlon in South Africa.

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Since retirement from Modern Pentathlon three years ago, the Beijing 2008 silver medallist has continued to challenge herself both physically and mentally, including cycling from Lands End to John O’Groates with the Bath Rugby Foundation, sailing across the Atlantic as part of the Clipper round the world race and more recently competing in her first triathlon.

“I am honoured and delighted to be joining a team that is made up of such a driven and successful group of girls. This is an exciting time in my sporting career, to be able to take this next step with supportive teammates and sponsors is just a dream come true.

I truly believe in the team ethos of strong women encouraging other women to go out and try new things. Supporting others to get active and find enjoyment in sport is something I have always felt so passionate about.”

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Heather fell in love with cycling after signing up to ride the length of Britain in aid of the Bath Rugby Foundation. Having only taken up cycling a few months prior, it was a tall order, but since completing the thousand mile ride she has not looked back and has gone on to experiment with different cycling disciplines and triathlon.

Now, having mastered two half Ironman distance triathlons, Heather is making the step up to a full Ironman in South Africa on 2nd April 2017.

“I must admit this is a big step up and quite a task after just five months of training. I have the advantage now of a Cannondale time trial bike and a supportive team behind me but I still expect this to be the hardest event yet in my sporting career. I had a significant set back after being knocked off my bike in January which put me back the best part of a month but I’ve continued to work closely with my coach Paul Ransome to make up for this lost time.”

You can find out more about the Cannondale Girls team here: cannondale.com
Follow on twitter to find out how Heather gets on: @WeRideGreen heatherfellnews

Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

 

 

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