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. Although I have now moved on from BDO, I remain in corporate finance at a sell-side M&A advisory firm, BCMS. 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.

I was lucky to be asked to join the UK’s premier time trialling team of Drag2Zero in 2017, and my favourite bike is undoubtedly my Scott Plasma which I ride in time trials. The bike saw me break the national 30 mile record in late 2017, riding agonisingly close to breaking the 30mph average with a finish time of 1:00:34. In 2017, I also broke a number of team national records, rode the fastest women’s time of the year for 10 miles (19:40) and won the national closed circuit championships. However, I still have a massive soft spot for my Brompton, and 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 2018 is to make it to make it on more podiums in national championships and perhaps break the 25 mile time trial record.

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