Matthew Robertson

Matthew Robertson
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    Age:
    20
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    London
    Region:
    South East
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Interview

How did you first get involved in your sport?

I struggled cycling as I couldn't keep my right foot on the pedal and couldn't push with the right foot either. This made it impossible until I was older and stronger. I mastered it at 13 years old. I loved riding and was determined to learn to ride with cleets, then on the track and then compete. I have worked tirelessly at it for nearly five years.

What does a typical week look like for you?

I train every day. My British Cycling coach sets my training. I train once a week or fortnight at the track, other than that I will train for between two and four hours a day on the road circuit at the cylcopark in Kent or on the turbobike at home. I have a fitness trainer that I travel an hour to twice a week for an hourly session. I then do hour and half exersise sessions set by her four times a week.

What motivates you to continue in your sport?

I love the sense of achievement when I ride well. When I came 8th in a big international road race against 27 other countries in Belgium earlier this year, it felt I had pushed my own barriers back. Cycling has not only helped me to develop physically and in a muscular sense, it has given me confidence in life where I didn't have it before. It has also helped me enormously academically, both in mathematical and literacy skills. This and my self confidence and helped my articulacy. I have also been very lucky in that I have found a lot of very good friends through it as well.

Who is your sporting hero and why?

Chris Hoy is my sporting hero. He has always been so determined and I have learned a lot from his book about how to deal mentally with competing and how to focus on competing against yourself for a better performance each time.

What do you do in your free time?

I read and I enjoy films. I used to play the trumpet.

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