Trek Coventry - A new team for this year run out of the Trek Concept Store in Coventry. In XC racing I'll be teamed up with Jessie Roberts and Rachel Fenton as we attack the 2014 season targeting some strong finishes in both national and international races. We'll be using Trek's Superfly 29er XC race bike more of which can be found on my technical page. Having made the switch to big wheels I have to admit that I'm converted. I tried to argue that the bigger wheel wasn't any faster than my old 26" race bikes but after my first outing onthe Superfly I can't really express how much more confidence it gives me and that is converted into more speed and hence lower lap times. I think the Superfly with its G2 geometry offers a fantastic package without any of the rumoured downsides of being slow in the tight stuff. Give one a go as I promise you won't be disappointed -

Schwalbe - Schwable are the benchmark for XC MTB tyres and are a popular choice for racers across the globe. Their XC range has something to suit whatever conditions you may be faced with on race day from the super fast Furious Fred for when the trails are bone dry to the deep tread Dirty Dan when the weather has turned the ground bottomless. The Racing Ralph tends to suit most race conditions and if you're looking for a lightweight everyday trail riding tyre then you can't go far wrong with a Rocket Ron -

Sponser UK - I first tried Sponser products at the Roc d'Azur when Alex Wurz gave me one of their Acitvators for the start of what was a mega race. Sponser aren't widely used in the UK but have a great reputation in Europe and you can see this by how many World Cup riders use their products. I'm a big fan of their Competition energy drink and Liquid Energy gels. The Liquid Energy has a great taste and it also feels like it dissolves on the tongue so there's no hassle in taking them where others can leave you gagging at the aftertaste. If you're after some easy to use products that deliver then try these -

Firecrest MTB - Ian at Firecrest MTB has done wonders for my technical riding ability. I always felt it was one of my stronger points and I like to think of myself as a fairly confident rider but Ian has taken this to a new level. He doesn't just work with racers but being an ex-Elite XC racer himself he understands exactly what's required to get those lap times down. However, if you just want to improve your skills on the bike, be it XC or Downhill, then I'd strongly recommend Firecrest MTB. After just one session with Ian you'll be able to impress your mates with your new–found speed -

Working Bodies - Liz at Working Bodies in Towcester helps keep me free from injury by really going to work on all the aches and pains that racing inflicts on the body. She's used to working with athletes at Olympic level so understands just what's required from those in competition -

Ana Nichoola - Now girls, if like me you want to find some ladies specific cycle clothing that has more style than your average pink jersey then have a look at Ana's range of kit. Not only does it look great but it fits really well too. You'll often see me accessorising my race kit with some of her rather fetching gloves for that extra touch of coolness -

Whackjob - Now you're probably not surprised to hear that pretty much everything I do has something to do with cycling. My wardrobe is made up mostly of cycle kit but for the times when I'm not on the bike I be wearing something cycling related. Whackjob offers a fresh take on cycle casual wear and I really like the designs and fabric choices which make the garments so comfy. Have you ever tried a t-shirt made from bamboo? They're better than your average cotton T -

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