My name is Gabriella Durrin. But everyone calls me 'Gabby'. I was formally known as 'Gabby Day'.
I have many years racing experience. I started cycling at the age of seventeen. For a year or so it was just for fun and was complementing my running career. I came from a running background. I competed on the track in the middle distance events, cross country and road events up to 10km. I was very succesful as a junior. However cycling took over and I was also becoming rather good at that too! (It was inevitable really that I would be into some kind of sport because I come from a very successful sporting family!)
It came to a point where I needed to decide which sport I really wanted to persue and take seriously. I guess at that point in my life I was getting more enjoyment and thrill out of cycling. I had made lots of new friends and was experiencing the many disciplines of cycling. I competed on the road for many years. Living in Belgium with the teams that I raced for. I have raced some of the biggest women's races and have some very awesome memories with my road team mates. Cycle racing means that you get to travel to some wonderful countries and experience new cultures.
I have competed in Mountain bike races and won a few national series races and have been Welsh MTB Champion twice!
Anyway onto Cyclocross and how that started...When I was eighteen I was selected to race for GB in a few world cups and the European championships. I also competed in my first World championships in 2005 in St.Wendel, Germany. It was a very big experience for me. One that I will never forget. I felt like a little fish in a giant pond. I was competing against the best women in the world and it was scary but also very inspiring. It made me realise the level that I needed to be and it made me realise that I really want this and that I want to be one of the best in the world one day.
So ever since that day I have worked hard to become faster, stronger and more confident as a bike rider and person. I am much more of a fine tuned athlete who knows my body and the weaknesses I have. I am more confident and try always to take opportunities to better myself as an athlete. I am currently ranked top 15 in the world. My career highlights that I am most proud of include: 6th Roubaix World Cup, 9th Koksijde World Cup, 3rd BPost Hasselt, 1st Starcrossed Seattle. I have many more acheivments that make me very happy thinking about but lists are boring! So I will let my legs do the talking this season!
My mind. Being open and honest. Taking a step back.January 07, 2015 22 comments