We spoke to the Glasgow student who won a medal at the Olympics
Neah Evans won silver at Tokyo
We catch up with the talented cyclist Neah Evans about her experience at Tokyo and how she got to where she is today.
How did you get started with cycling?
So back in 2014 I was in my final year of vet school, I was part of the Hares and Hounds club mainly doing hill racing but due to injury I wasn’t able to run for a bit. I started cycling to try and keep my fitness. I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected and ended up racing BUCS for the uni and everything escalated from there.
How does it feel to win a silver at the Olympics?
It still feels slightly surreal. I think partly due to the delay the Olympics has been such a build up for it now to be over and to come home with a silver medal it still doesn’t feel totally real.
How do you combine studies at Glasgow with training?
I have been very lucky to have support from GUSA along with very understanding lecturers who have all helped make it possible to juggle being an athlete and study.
Did you ever think you would get this far?
In the early days not at all. I don’t think anyone who saw me would have thought I could either: I looked like a total chopper but I just enjoyed it so much I didn’t care what other people thought. Thankfully for me I turned out to be pretty good at it.
What are your goals for the next few years?
The next few years are going to be very exciting: I hopefully have the world championship in a few weeks. Then next year it’s the Commonwealth Games. In 2023 Scotland is hosting the world championship and for the first time all 13 cycling disciplines are going to happen at one massive event, which is going to be amazing. The prospect of racing for a world title on home soil where I first started to cycle is particularly exciting. And the following year it will be the Paris Olympics. The next three years is going to be action packed for sure.