BBC Sport - Get Inspired: Emma Pooley tells her story into professional cycling
"My backside hurt and I was miserable!"
- From the section Get Inspired
Emma Pooley talks about how she came across cycling after picking up a running injury. She shares some of the early mistakes she made when starting out such as not choosing the right saddle.
Once she had sorted the comfort issues around riding a bike it didn't take her long before she was addicted and an unusual angle that drew her in.
"There was a cafe stop. I couldn't believe there's a cafe stop during sporting training," she explains. "There's no cafe stops on a run!"
She went on to win silver in the time trial at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. In 2014 she decided to try her hand at triathlon, but a hilly course in Brazil for the 2016 women's road race has seen Emma tempted back into the cycling fold.
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