Becks Womersley was born and raised in Mirfield, Yorkshire. It’s abundantly clear that she is incredibly proud and happy to have grown up in that part of the world as she describes Yorkshire as ‘obviously the best place to live’.
While seemingly everyone in Becks’ family was climbing on to a bike, she was more interested in ballet as child. But with a cycling family comes cycling trips out and cycling holidays, so it wasn’t long before Becks hung up her ballet shoes.
“Me and my brother would play on our bikes, go on family rides, and camping holidays with bikes,” she explains.
“When I was younger I watched my auntie race MTB/ Cyclocross & listened to some inspiring stories of my Grandad’s from the Tour de France.
“My brother Jake started racing cyclocross from a young age and I used to stand and freeze in a field watching him, so at the age of 15 I decided to give cyclocross a go.”
And give it a go she did. Alongside her brother Jake, Becks joined East Bradford Cycling Club riding her Titanium Airbourne on the Saturday close circuit sessions. After years of swapping the tyres for cyclocross and road, Becks eventually decided to race for her local bike shop – Sowerby Brother’s Cycles - and got her first proper road bike, a Cannondale.
Since then Becks has been busy exercising her brain as well as her legs. She is now the proud owner of a degree in Fashion & Textile Buying Management, having just graduated from University of Huddersfield .
In 2015 she was one of three now-Drops riders who raced regularly for Corley Cycles - Drops RT.
“The calendar was originally just UK based, having met Bob half way through the season changed the plan just a bit!
“We got the opportunity to race abroad, starting with a number of Kermesses in Belgium and onto a stage race in France. I feel these experiences gave me a boost.”
Following an impressive season at Corley Cycles – Drops RT, Becks was invited to race for Drops Cycling Team in 2016.
“Last year, I can remember Bob telling me, Hannah and Abi about his idea in the car on the way home from the Tour of Ardéche, France. We all got very excited, I couldn’t really imagine it happening.”
It did. Now the 23-year-old is looking to develop her skills further with Drops Cycling Team’s extensive national and international race calendar.
“This year I am gaining experience through riding in Europe.
“You seem to find yourself as a rider, strengths, weaknesses and everything else becomes more apparent in Europe.
“After riding some of the races we have, it has massively helped my confidence, especially when you go back to riding in the UK peloton.”
Becks embodies the team player attitude that Drops management have tried to foster in the riders. She is more than happy to sacrifice her races and results to see the team on top of the podium, but that’s not to say she hasn’t seen success on a personal level too.
“I had quite a slow start to the season due to commitments at university. My racing has only kicked off over the last month but I seem to have done quite a bit already now,” she says.
“Early season saw me helping some of the other girls to achieve their goals, which is rewarding in itself - Lincoln GP was just something else, the team getting the 1-2-3 and Junior Nat Champ. Just amazing. I love working as a team and seeing the girls achieving goals.”
“But personally, I have had a couple of what I see as local wins, I won the Yorkshire RR Champs and Ilkley Crit. It’s always nice to get your hands in the air though. I was pleased with my result at National Champs, it wasn’t a big aim as I didn’t know how well I would be going but coming away with 15th wasn’t too bad.”
Comfortable and happy, Becks describes the relationship within Drops as well as showing appreciation for the support team.
“Drops is an incredible environment to be in. To be sat here just before the start of the Tour De Feminin, Czech Republic is a crazy strange feeling!
“The time and professionalism of all the staff; who are just volunteers, is unbelievable really. When you are surrounded by this, it makes you want to give everything you have got to perform to the best of your ability.”
Becks next represents Drops at the Prudential Ride London on Sat 30th July.