Rachael Elliott


I’d probably describe myself as a classic rouleur: an out and out time triallist. Cycling against the clock up and down the country has given me an encyclopaedic knowledge of the nation’s dual carriageways. There’s nowhere quite like the A31 early on a Sunday morning.

I started my career in competitive intelligence, and then became an analyst specialising in technology, media and telecoms. I worked for a few more years in a strategy consultancy and latterly as an analyst at HSBC before joining BDO in 2008. I somehow manage to fit two or three hours of daily cycling around my job, plus a four hour commuting round trip and can often be found on a turbo trainer at 5am.

My favourite bike is undoubtedly my Cervelo P3 as it is built for pure speed. However, I do have a massive soft spot for my Brompton, as one of my proudest achievements in cycling was being crowned World Brompton Champion two years in succession.

Beryl Burton is, in my eyes, absolutely the greatest cyclist ever. The domination she achieved so consistently over so many years is something we’ll never see again in this or probably any other sport.

My big target for 2015 is to make it on to the podium for the National 10-mile Time Trial Championship.

Away from the bike and work, music is very important to me. As a former professional classical violinist, I never want to stop playing. I still play in a quartet, and best of all, I’m the leader of the Newbury Symphony Orchestra.