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ACU Ladies British Championship Round 7
The Thorneycroft Solicitors team are not only committed to our clients, we actively take an interest in, and understand, their passion for motorcycles. This is why we have chosen to support and sponsor athletes such as Hannah Styles in her quest to be the best in her chosen sport of Trial Bikes. In doing so we hope to enable Hannah to reach her full potential and wish her all the best in her endeavours.
I am a British Ladies Motorcycles Trial Bike competitor.
Motorcycle trials involves motorcycling across all terrain including hills, tracks, rivers and rocks – not for the faint-hearted! You require precision, balance and full control of the bike. It is not about speed. You are not permitted to put your feet down during the whole course which can take about 5 to 6 hours
I have been riding motorbikes since the age of four and got my first sponsorship for Motorcycle Trials at age 10, and at age 11 I became the Girls British B Class Champion. At Age 13 I was crowned Girls European champion.
Between 2008 – 2011 I had a successful time riding for JST GasGas UK where I finished 3 years in a row 3rd overall in the Ladies British Championship and I was in the top 15 in the World Ladies Championship 2010.
I was selected to ride in the “Olympics” of motorcycle trials representing Great Britain called ‘The Trials Des Nations’ where I rode in a team with Emma Bristow and Becky Cook. We finished second.
In 2011 I had a change of sport to motorcycle Enduro. This is similar to trial bikes but covers a longer distance and the race is a lot faster. I finished 3rd overall in the British Sprint Championships and British Enduro Championship against other female riders that were at European and World Championship level.
In 2014, when aged 20, my life changed in a major way. I had always been fit and healthy and looked after myself. My sport demanded me to be in the peak of physical health. However, I became so run down, I was sleeping until 4pm and still wanted more. I was hardly able to work.
It took a while and several doctors to establish that I was actually suffering from the condition Ankylosing Spondylitis. This is a chronic condition in which the spine and other areas of the body become inflamed. I had suffered with chronic back and hip pain since I was 9 but no diagnosis had been made until now.
Under the care of my Rheumatologist, I started treatment, which was a strict routine of diet, exercise and injections. With hard work and determination, I slowly started to improve and manage the condition. I felt that my life was coming back together.
In 2017 I got back on my trials bike with no specific aim but in an attempt to get back to normality and be happy and healthy again.
I spent a couple of months just finding my feet. I started to set myself goals, the love I have for trials, and my natural ability had never left me.
So in 2018, I set the goal of returning to competing, I had no expectations. I obtained a sponsorship with Vertigo UK, and rode under the support of the infamous, 12 times world champion, Dougie Lampkin MBE. I felt really privileged to be riding for him, and also excited because Dougie had developed the first fuel injected trials bike called Vertigo.
I focused on the Ladies British Championship in which I came third and a small number of other competitions. My big goal was to return to the Ladies World Championship scene, so I did this by riding the World GB round which I won, and I am the first British female to achieve this, finishing 5th overall in the main event.
I was really pleased with the results in 2018, I had never expected to achieve so much given my 4 years out of the sport.
I now feel fit and confident and excited for the 2019 season. I hope to fulfil my goal of a complete series in the Ladies World Championship Trial 2 class where my dream would be to become the first British World Ladies Champion.
I will also be entering:
I am riding for Vertigo again this year and with my new sponsorship deal with Thorneycroft Solicitors I am really looking forward to this year’s season.
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