How has your prep for worlds gone? 

“This year has been a tough one for me, from being the fittest I’d ever been, to having some of the biggest lows I’ve experienced in the sport, with disappointing races and reoccurring injuries. I’ve managed to get over those inconveniences now. Over these last 2 months, I have managed to put in a strong block of training to the point now where I am confident in my ability to put in a performance that will show my level and one that I will be happy with.”

What impact has training full time had on your preparation? 

“Now that I have finished school, I am now able to focus much more on training and the finer things that come with it such as recovery and sleep. It has allowed me to put all my effort into getting as fit as possible for this race after a tough start to the season. I’m looking forward to seeing how strong I will be come next season after a full winter block where I can now prioritise training.” 

Having seen the course, what are you most looking forward to come race day? 

“After hearing the World Champs had been moved from Bermuda to Portugal, obviously I was a bit disappointed to not be going to Bermuda. But now that I have seen the course and I have had extra time to prepare, I am feeling much more confident in my ability to perform. There are very few places for people to hide and it’s going to be a tough battle. The waves have started to calm down now, but the tough hilly and technical bike course should certainly string things out. I’m very much looking forward to a tough race and battling it out with the best juniors in the world. No matter what happens I’m going to take joy in the fact that when I cross the finish line I know I will have given it everything and I have done the best I can.”


Everyone at TeamBW wishes Hamish and Beth the best of luck in their World Championships.