CYCLIST, WRITER & CYCLE JOURNALIST
Runs her own womens action sports magazine called coven. Interested in what makes someone from one discipline like cycling cross over into other sports we spoke to Juliet about her career in cycling but also what pushed her to start getting into motocross & off road.
Name: Juliet Elliott
Where are you from originally & where do you live now?
I grew up in Hathersage in the Peak District and went to school in Sheffield. I moved to London for a while but relocated to Devon about five years ago. I’m a cyclist, writer/jounalist, blogger and digital content production specialist. I’m also a coach and mountain bike guide but I’m not really focusing on that at the moment as I’m pretty busy racing.
How long have you been competing in fixed gear racing?
I’ve been competing for two years now.
What made you want to get into motocross?
This is a long story! I used to run a women’s action, art and adventure magazine called COVEN and I decided to interview Ashley Fiolek for it. At the same time, I was writing a regular column on women in action sports for Red Bull so I managed to get hold of her through them. I watched her ride and read her book and thought it looked like fun so I booked a day at Wheeldon Offroad Centre to give motocross a go. I didn’t realise that you were supposed to know how to ride a motorbike before you went - I’d never even sat on one! Luckily the guy teaching us let me ride anyway and I picked it up quickly on the indoor circuit before we moved on to 250s and went outdoors. I wanted to get a bike but knowing nothing about motocross made it really hard, plus I didn’t have a van, a garage or much money. But then last year a couple of friends of mine down here both bought bikes (and a field!) and it felt like the time was right to take the plunge. I still don’t have a van or a garage and I still don’t know what I’m doing but it’s fun learning.
Your magazine Coven sounds awesome. How long have you been running it for ?
You must meet alot of women
Do you find alot similarities between the cycling you do & there to sports you're now starting to do?
Ha, not really! I ride mountain bikes where you have to keep your weight back but with mx I have to remember to sit really far forwards. But actually, I suppose I’m used to riding dirt and berms and stuff like that so maybe it helps.
Do you have any word of advice to anyone wanting to start out racing fixed gear? Or anyone wanting to start motocross for that matter since you recently started yourself :)
Racing fixed gear is super fun and the scene is very welcoming. It takes really good bike handling as well as good fitness so although most cycling clubs are for people riding regular geared bikes, if you’re starting out it might be a good idea to join a club and go on their rides to get used to group riding at pace. Obviously you’d need to get a geared bike to do that though!If you’re already to dive in, try some of the local UK crits such as Thundercrit or go along and spectate to get a feel for things. Don’t be shy to strike up a conversation with the other girls, we all want more women racing and will help you!
Who are the people that most inspire you?
Hmm, there’s not any one person I can think of but there are many people I look up to. Generally, I’m inspired by people who commit 100% to what they’re doing rather than people who are just successful. When you can see someone’s passion, that’s inspiring.
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