We are very excited to announce Izzy Sharp as a Parcours athlete! Already a National and European Champion at Junior level, Izzy is an incredible TT racer and who also loves a classics race. We caught up with her before her season kicks off to find out more about her plans for the year…
What are your goals for the 2023 season?
My goals for this season are to win Omloop Van Borsele and podium at TT Worlds in Glasgow this summer, given the opportunity to go.
You race multiple disciplines, what’s your favourite kind of race?
I race on the road, in both road races and time trials, and also on the track. On the boards of track I love an elimination or IP. When it comes to the road I love a classics race with some cobbles, for example Ghent Wevelgem, and when it comes to TT’s I enjoy them when they’re as flat as it comes. If there are climbs, power ones are where my strengths lie.
How has your winter training gone?
This has been the best winter for me since my cycling career began. I’ve managed to avoid the majority of illness and am so ready and very excited for the season to start!
What are your favourite local training rides?
I have a local group I ride with on Saturdays and Sundays when I can. We always try to get a good chainy going on Saturdays. I love it because it’s the group my grandad used to ride with and they have such an interest in what I do, always encourage me and it’s a great training ride too.
How many hours on average do you train a week and what proportion of these are on the bike?
My hours range pending what I am training towards. This winter I’ve also started doing gym seriously and work with Chris Peden to help me with that.
What race are you most looking forward to this year?
Although they are my goal races, these are the races I am also looking forward to most. Omloop Van Borsele was one of my favourites last year so I can’t wait to go back and improve on my results from last year. However, I am also looking forward to Gent Wevelgem as that usually makes for an exciting race!
Which Parcours wheels are your favourite to ride?
When I race time trials, I use the Parcours Disc² and Chrono Max wheelset. These are my favourite set as the wheels feel both incredibly fast and stable. I can’t wait to race on them this year!
We’re looking forward to working with Izzy, helping to optimise her TT race set up and can’t wait to follow her racing throughout the year.