Dani King Interview

 

Dani King rides for the Horizon Fitness Racing Team, a team dedicated to helping develop young British female riders.  She has enjoyed some notable success, including a number of National Titles in 2009;  Circuit Race champion, Madison champion and Derny Paced champion.  Having just finished her A levels, Dani spent most of the 2009/2010 winter training in Australia and started the 2010 season off with a bang - it was shaping up to be even better than 2009, with the promise of some rides in Europe to further develop her as a rider.  Then, in late July, her form seemed to desert her and she was diagnosed with glandular fever.  After a month off the bike, she is now back and hopes to make an impression at the British National Track Championships before she signs off for another winter.

 


 

Dani King wins Hillingdon GP

 

 


 

 

Q: The season started very well and then you got sick.  Can you tell us a little bit about that?

DK: Yeah, it was going great.  I was having the best season I’d ever had after having a solid winter on the bike. I’d won 8 races and was excited about the rest of the season with the team. I rode the Kalas 2-day, which is a men’s race, the weekend before the National Road Race.  I was really excited about the championship, because I was flying during the 2 day race, but then, a couple of days before the nationals, I didn’t feel myself but couldn’t put my finger on why.  I rode a local evening race at Portsmouth on the Wednesday before the nationals and couldn’t hold a wheel where I would normally contest the sprint.

 

At first I put that down to my body holding back for the weekend, but I soon found out that wasn’t the case when I started the race. I couldn’t even get up the first climb in the bunch, so pulled out when I knew for sure something wasn’t right. I had blood tests the same day, which revealed a viral infection, the week later I had tonsillitis and a few days after that the dreaded glandular fever was confirmed.

 

 




Q: Did the sickness change your goals for the season or wipe it out all together?

DK: It wasn’t a good time at all. I was hoping for a good result at the National Road Race and had some stage races lined up, where I was hoping to carry my form and get some more results to potentially get selected for the World Championships and Commonwealth Games. I had 4 weeks completely off the bike and have been back training properly for about 5 weeks.  I’ve changed my goals and now I’m hoping to be competitive in the National Track Championships.  
 
 

 


 

 Q: Will that be the end of your 2010 season?

 

 

DK: My last goal of the year will be the National Track Championships, where I hope to medal in at least two events. I’m having my tonsils and adenoids out the week after, to prevent illness in the future, so that will become a forced rest which will probably do me good after the hard week of racing that my body won’t have been used to.

 

 


 

 
Q: How has it been with Horizon Fitness RT during this difficult time?

DK: It’s been great. I’ve had no pressure on me to get back quickly (apart from myself wanting to) and I’ve got some great friends in the team, who made it easier to deal with. It was hard to deal with after having such a good start to the season, but I’m raring to get back to how I was and know the team is confident in me and I’m proud to be a part of it.

 


 

 

Q: What’s your best moment of 2010 so far?

 

DK: I think it would have to be winning my first race in Belgium as a senior.  That was a really special feeling.

 

 
I want to be selected for World Cups (for Great Britain) and be competitive in them. I would also love to be considered for Team Pursuit, as I believe this is one of my strengths as a rider.  I’ve recently been to a Team Pursuit training camp organised by the team and it was really good.  As a team we can do well and I’m looking forward to working hard in this area.

 

Dani King Horizon Fitness wins in Belgium
 


 

Q: And what’s your biggest goal for 2011?

 

DK: I want to be selected for World Cups (for Great Britain) and be competitive in them. I would also love to be considered for Team Pursuit, as I believe this is one of my strengths as a rider.  I’ve recently been to a Team Pursuit training camp organised by the team and it was really good.  As a team we can do well and I’m looking forward to working hard in this area.

 

 


 

 

Q: Will this winter be a lot different for previous year as you prepare for 2011?

 

DK: I think it will be the hardest winter so far, as I won’t have the opportunity to go to Australia again. I will have to match the training I did out there and even do more in some areas, however in this country the weather doesn’t help! I’m excited to get stuck in and am hoping to spend a lot of time with my team mate Sarah and may have the opportunity to go to Lanzerote which will be fab!   The team also have a training base set up in Italy, that I will be looking to use during the winter and spring, as I get ready for the classics. 
 
Although it wasn’t the biggest race I rode, I think I would have to say winning the Horizon Fitness GP in Stoke. It was amazing having the team around me working so hard. I also proved to myself that I could win races in a different way to a bunch sprint.  I felt like we really bonded and again it made me feel proud to be a part of Horizon Fitness.  


 


 

Q: Looking back on your races in 2010, which event really stands out for you?

 

DK: Although it wasn’t the biggest race I rode, I think I would have to say winning the Horizon Fitness GP in Stoke. It was amazing having the team around me working so hard. I also proved to myself that I could win races in a different way to a bunch sprint.  I felt like we really bonded and again it made me feel proud to be a part of Horizon Fitness. 


 

Q: If you could only ever race one race again, which one would it be?

 

DK: I think I would have to say the Tour of Flanders…..although it’s probably the most grueling race I’ve ever done I absolutely love it; the cobbles, climbs and atmosphere are incredible! I hope one day I can win it!

 

 

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