Emma's dream ride

PUBLISHED: 16:27 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:10 26 October 2009

TOUR DE FORCE: Tanja Slater celebrates her
stage win in last year’s women’s Tour de France

TOUR DE FORCE: Tanja Slater celebrates her stage win in last year's women's Tour de France

A DREAM is how Olympic cycling hopeful Emma Trott has described her Team Halfords Bikehut selection. The teenager, who can often be found training in the lanes of Welwyn and on the cycle track at Gosling Sports Park, is just one of 10 female riders pick

A "DREAM" is how Olympic cycling hopeful Emma Trott has described her Team Halfords Bikehut selection.

The teenager, who can often be found training in the lanes of Welwyn and on the cycle track at Gosling Sports Park, is just one of 10 female riders picked for the professional squad.

"I want to be a pro bike rider and this opportunity is a dream for me," said the 18-year-old Turnford School pupil who is due to finish studying for her A levels in the summer.

Emma was planning to go to university and was hoping for a place at either Loughborough or Worcester, but will defer any offer while she chases Olympic glory on her bike.

"I'm going to give it a go and then go back to uni once it's over," said Emma, the older sister of Laura Trott, who rode off with the 2006 Welwyn Hatfield Borough Sports Person of the Year accolade.

"Race-wise I'm looking forward to the new season.

"This is a fantastic opportunity at the start of my career and whilst it's going to be hard work it's going to be exciting and a lot of fun as well.

"I'm looking forward to racing in Europe in the spring and summer and actually getting a chance to do some of the races I've read about and watched on TV."

Alongside Emma in the Halfords sponsored squad will be one of the biggest names in world cycling, Nicole Cooke.

On working with the twice winner of the women's Tour de France, Emma said: "Riding with Nicole is going to be fantastic. She has so much experience and is still only 24.

"I think I'm going to learn a lot riding with her.

"We had a team camp just before Christmas and we all got on really well.

"Nicole and I have mutual friends and of course Tanja (Slater) used to live in Welwyn."

Target number one for the squad is to push Cooke towards Olympic gold at the Beijing Games this summer, but Emma hopes her chance to shine will come at the 2012 London Olympics.

"Of course we all know what the ultimate aim is, Olympic gold medals," she said.

"We've got a great team and I did mean medals, hopefully Nicole this time but it maybe my turn in 2012.

"We can only send three girls to the Olympics, but there's the World and European Championships this year and every year till 2012, so I'm sure if my form is good I'll get my chances.

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