Date of Birth: 20/09/1994
Place of Birth: Leicester, Great Britain
Double Junior Road World Champion Lucy Garner is one of the new signings of the Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling team for 2016. Born on 20 September 1994, the 22 year old from Leicester, Great Britain, has spent her entire professional career (starting in 2013) with the Liv-Plantur (former Giant-Shimano) team before joining the Wiggle High5 team in 2016. Garner lives in Woudenberg, the Netherlands, with her boyfriend, cyclocross star Lars van der haar (Telenet-Fidea Lions).
Lucy started cycling when she was nine years old, starting out in the mountainbike and cyclocross disciplines. It was obvious that Lucy and her very talented little sister Grace would become a cyclist as her father has always been a keen cyclist himself. However, her father didn’t race very much, in contrast to her both grandparents, who were both racing cyclists. Garner went to watch a mountain bike race at the age of 8 and that’s is how it all started.
Since that moment the young Brit has done it all, starting in MTB and cyclocross, moving to the track before finding her home on the road after progressing through the GB academy. In 2011 and 2012, Lucy made a name for herself by taking back to back wins in the road race at the Junior World Championships in Copenhagen (Denmark) and Valkenburg (The Netherlands); something that only the great Nicole Cooke had done before her. Six weeks prior to her second World title she also won the European Road Championships.
Lucy is also a talented track rider, winning two gold medals at the 2012 European junior track championships and she also has won medals at the British senior national track championships. Garner remained in full-time education until 2012, when she left college having completed her A-levels. At the time she was taking English, Sociology, Psychology and Travel and Tourism classes.
In the past four pro seasons Garner won a stage in the Tour of Chongming Island (2013) and a stage in the Route de France (2015). Next to that she managed to finished on the podium in races like the Drentse 8, Ronde van Gelderland, Marianne Vos Classic, Dwars door de Westhoek, the British National Championships (2016) and the prestigious Tour de Yorkshire (2016).
2016 2nd Tour de Yorkshire
2016 3rd GB National Championships RR
2015 Stage 1 Route de France
2013 Stage 1 Tour of Chongming Island
2012 Junior Road European Champion
2012 Junior Road World Champion
2011 Junior Road World Champion
Lucy Garner Blog: What a race day looks like…. (Dottignies)
The race started at 14:00 and as I was already in Belgium with the team I thought it was...
Lucy Garner: A bit about what I get up to…
So, I wasn’t entirely sure about what to write about and I could bore you all with how...
Lucy Garner Blog: Paris and London
These past couple of weeks have been a great success for women’s cycling. Having two...
Lucy Garner Blog: Racing on Home Roads
It’s been a while since the Tour De Yorkshire but I want to reflect on my experience...
Lucy Garner Blog: The European Season Starts Here!
By Lucy Garner It’s my first season with Wiggle High5 and it was great to start the...