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Rider journals 2020: introducing Jenny Holl

Great Britain Cycling Team Senior Academy rider is aiming for gold at the U23 track Euros in 2020

In 2020 we are welcoming a new batch of riders to our rider journal series. We have picked six riders to give us an insight into Continental and elite level racing, at both home and abroad. So far, we have introduced Jacob Tipper,  Savannah MorganJoe Laverick, Joe Nally and James Jobber. Our final rider is 20-year-old Scot Jenny Holl…

Now starting her third and final year at the Great Britain Cycling Team Senior Academy, 20-year-old Scot Jenny Holl will be keen to make her mark in 2020.

She’s already no stranger to success on the track. In 2018, she became Scotland’s youngest national champion at the British Track Cycling Championships, taking gold in the team pursuit. Last year, she won a silver medal in the team pursuit at the European Games.

This year, her race programme will see her combine the track with road racing. As she admits herself, the track is her first love. She’ll be gunning for a result at the under-23 European Track Championships in particular this year. But with plenty of racing on her programme, including ‘home’ race the Tour of Scotland, there will be plenty of opportunities on the road too.

The track is definitely where my heart lies, it’s been my priority for a few years now

Before she begins her journal series, we asked her to tell us a little about the kind of rider she is, how 2019 went for her and what she hopes to achieve in 2020…

2019 OVO Energy Tour Series – Round 5: Birkenhead – Jenny Holl of Team Breeze. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

How would you describe yourself as a rider?

I’m quite punchy and tend to go well in the shorter, timed events so I’m looking towards team pursuit for the future. I’ve had less success on the road so far but my ideal situation would be a sprint from a reduced bunch.

I struggled with motivation through a two-month stint of getting quite a kicking in Belgium

How would you rate your 2019 season out of 10 and why?

It was a pretty mixed year. I had some great times and races, including the fastest rides I’ve ever done in the team pursuit, but I’ve also had some pretty rubbish times as well. I struggled with motivation through a two-month stint of getting quite a kicking in Belgium. Whatever the number, I’m hoping 2020 is going to be better.

Tell us a bit about where you’ll be based in 2020 and what your programme is likely to look like

I’m primarily based in Manchester but will be away a lot early season. I will be heading back to Belgium again this year for some more kermesse racing then returning to the UK for some National Road Series races before hitting the track for the U23 European Track Championships. Hopefully, I’ll finish off the year with a couple of stage races, including the Tour of Scotland on home roads.

2019 HSBC UK National Track Championships. Jenny Holl of Great Britain competes in the Women’s Points Race. Photo: Alex Broadway/SWpix.com

You’re on the Great Britain Cycling Team Senior Academy. Does that mean the track is your first love? Or is road also a focus for you?

The track is definitely where my heart lies, it’s been my priority for a few years now, but the majority of my racing will be on the road. It might not be quite as key, but getting some results would be nice.

What are your goals for 2020?

I’ve got some time-based aims but my biggest target is definitely the team pursuit at the U23 Euros. We were second two years ago and to go one better and win a European title would be amazing. 

Featured photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com. 2019 OVO Energy Tour Series – Round 1: Redditch – Jenny Holl of Team Breeze during the Women’s Race

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