STROUD cyclist Jo Tindley is gearing up for the race of a lifetime when she competes in Britain's first elite international road race for women.
Jo, 27, will join the world’s best female riders including Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott and Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead in The Women’s Tour on Saturday in North Hertfordshire.
“The Women's Tour is a fantastic and incredible opportunity,” said Jo, of Slad Road, who works at The Perfect Blend Coffee & Craft Shop in Berkeley.
“I see this is as an enormous step forward for women's cycling.
“As women we have never really been on equal footing to the men.
“With races like this we are well on our way to getting there.”
Jo rides for Matrix-Vulpine and this is her third season racing after a five-year break.
She works closely with Dion Trigg, a personal trainer who has his own unique training facility called True Function in Chalford, and she is coached by Stuart Blunt.
“Dion has been a really big key factor to my progression back into cycling and a big part towards my success and my future in the sport,” said Jo, a former Redknock School pupil.
As a youth and junior Jo rode for the British Cycling Talent Team and also the Olympic Development Programme.
She represented GB as a junior in the European Track Championships and also the Youth Commonwealth Games where she came away with a sliver medal.
She was also national champion in the U16 pursuit on the track, as well as national omnium champion.
“My ambition is to turn professional in cycling,” said Jo, who fits her training around her work at the coffee shop.
“I am extremely excited to ride in The Women's Tour as it's a fabulous opportunity and will give me a taste of what it is to be a professional bike rider.
“It's going be a massive experience and learning curve but I am very much looking forward to it.”