Hannah didn’t become a cyclist until she went to university.
Actually, scratch that – she didn’t become a sportsperson, wasn’t even interested in sport, never even watched the Paralympics, until she went to university. No, Hannah went to university, up in Dundee, with a view to becoming some form of medical researcher.
Now, she’s a multiple world record holder in the sport – RaceRunning – that she discovered while flicking through a magazine during a summer job, and she’s a Paralympian, having been spotted by British Cycling and brought up through the ranks all the way to Rio.
And she’s going to Tokyo, too.
Dropped by British Cycling shortly after 2016, she’s since been competing independently, in the colours of Storey Racing. It’s been a steep learning curve, but she’s getting fitter, and stronger, and better, and she’ll be pushing for World Cup medals over the next year or so. Needless to say, she’s desperate to get back onto the British Cycling squad, and she’s going to try her hardest to make it as soon as she possibly can, but it’s not going to be easy. Especially when she’s trying to balance her training up against a sports science masters degree at Manchester Metropolitan University, as she looks to the future.
So… here goes.