Further Personal Information
||Engineering - University of Cambridge: England
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||She began cycling at age 11 and entered her first race in 2005.
|Why this sport?
||She took up cycling as a means of cross training when she was injured. She was a competitive runner before moving to triathlons. She entered her first cycling race after a friend at her triathlon club persuaded her to join a race.
|Name of coach
||Andy Harrison [national], from 2016
||She trains in Australia during the Northern Hemisphere winter and in Europe during the Northern Hemisphere summer.
||Em (pezcyclingnews.com, 02 May 2011)
|Hero / Idol
||Great Britain long distance runner Paula Radcliffe. (my.alumni.cam.ac.uk, 26 Mar 2012)
||She sustained a knee injury after crashing in April 2007. (cyclingnews.com, 08 Oct 2007)
||She has run marathons and triathlons and won the 2013 Lausanne Marathon. In 2014 and 2015 she was the long distance duathlon world champion. (bbc.co.uk, 16 Dec 2015; triathlon.org, 06 Sep 2015; runbritain.com, 30 Oct 2013)
||To win a gold medal in the time trial at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (bbc.co.uk, 16 Dec 2015)
Since she announced her return to cycling in late 2015, she has received multiple offers from teams looking for her to ride for them professionally. "I've had offers to come back and it's been nice, but I don't want to commit to a team if I then don't make Team GB for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Basically, if I'm selected for Rio then I'm compromising my triathlon career for two months. The transition from triathlon to road racing is very hard." (cyclingnews.com, 02 May 2016)
She divides her time between Zurich, Switzerland, Perth, WA, Australia and Great Britain. (Twitter profile, 08 May 2016)
RETIREMENT AND COMEBACK
She retired from cycling and switched her focus to marathon running and triathlon after the road race at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. She had already considered retiring after the 2012 Olympic Games in London, but decided the Commonwealth Games was the right time. "It's a big event, it's almost at home and I want to go out properly and have no regrets. I'm 31, which is a good age for endurance sports, and I'm sure I can do better in triathlon if I focus on it." In December 2015 she reversed the decision to aim to win the time trial event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I have no desire to go to the Games and sacrifice some of the most exciting triathlon races of the season just for the experience of another Olympics. I am committed to aiming for gold." (bbc.co.uk, 16 Dec 2015; theguardian.com, 29 Jul 2014; britishcycling.org.uk, 18 Apr 2016)
In 2013 she completed her Doctorate of Science in geotechnical engineering. She also received an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law from the University of East Anglia in July 2012, and an honorary PhD from the University of Strathclyde in July 2015. (emmapooley.net, 18 Apr 2016)