Cheri Mills, AKA "Lardy" is a popular lady in the MTB circles. Friendly, Fun and Fast she combined her assets to become a biking coach and is highly recommended. We know this, because she is one of the coaches at the Hopetech Women Enduro and recieves great feedback. We couldn´t be more proud to have her representing the HB130. Jump right in and discover more about her:
You're an extremely athletic person....why do you call yourself Lardy?!
I was new to a triathlon and went to Spain with a group of racing snakes, I drank a good few Stella’s then had the munchies, we were in the middle of nowhere and the shop only sold olive oil crisps and milkshake so I ate a big family pack and washed them down with a litre of chocolate milk, everyone was in shock! "Lardy" was born!!
Have you always been into sport?
Yes, I used to run and circuit train with my dad, I had a spell doing karate, rugby and then triathlon.
What about cycling?
Ive always cycled. In the early days it was BMX and making ramps from old doors, then I got proper into it after tearing my cruciate at karate. My instructor worked in a bike shop and suggested that I give it a go. It blew my mind! I couldn't believe this new world of adrenaline and excitement, I crashed, I bonked, I got scared but I never felt so alive. Its now a lifestyle and im never giving up!
Why is MTB the sport that you´re most attracted to?
It ticks all the boxes for me, you can race, hang out with friends, go and smash yourself or just go out and get some headspace. It´s super friendly, you can journey to some amazing places and there is such a variety of options...it´s endless.
You race, tell me about your best results:
Early on it was XC, I was Welsh Champ but the most rewarding result was winning the 80KM Isle of Man End2End. I did my first enduro races in 2012 and won the UK Women´s Series. That was special as enduro was young and there was such a buzz at these events. The next year I was in elite catagory and was on the podium with my heroes Tracy Moseley and Helen Gaskell! Twice I also managed to come 2nd at the Mont Blanc Enduro.
I mix it up these days racing all disciplines. I did my first road race this year and got a silver medal at the Welsh Champs and I´ve just won the North Wales Cyclo-cross League.