“I started using the Forth Edge Endurance Plus kit in January 2018 when I was in a hard block of off-season training preparing for the Commonwealth Games. In the time that I’ve been monitoring my biomarkers, I’ve learnt a lot about my body,
the way it reacts to certain stressors and how to look after myself with a view to optimising performance. Having access to historical and current data from the Endurance Plus kits I have been much more aware of what issues I might be having and also far better informed before having a discussion with the doctor. The insights provided by Dr Nicky Keay are also extremely useful as she understands what is normal (or not normal) for athletes.”
Hayley Simmonds is a professional road cyclist who started cycling in 2011 having been a rower for the previous 8 years at The King’s School Worcester and The University of Cambridge.
Hayley initially combined training with her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry before turning professional in 2016. It was her husband Mark who first suggested to Hayley that she tried cycling. Mark started coaching Hayley in November 2011 and she won her first BUCS (University Championships) title in April 2012. In the same year, Hayley competed in a CTT National Time Trial and finished 8th at the National 10 mile and 9th at the National 25 mile, earning a Cambridge Full Blue in the process.
Hayley then went on to win her first CTT National Title at the 50-mile Championship in 2014 and went on to take the 10-mile title that year too.
In 2015 she was edged into 2nd place at the National 50 but went on to win the Elite Women’s British Time Trial Championship
only 2 weeks later at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire.
Some strong road results in July and August of that year aided her selection for the British team at the 2015 World Championship in Richmond, Virginia where she competed in both the TT and the road race, supporing Lizzie Deignan (nee Armitstead) to her RR victory.
In 2016 I defended my Elite National TT title and that summer broke three national records in 8 days. Hayley re-broke the 10
record a total of three times in 2016 and all three of the records she set that year still stand (18.36 for 10 miles, 49.28 for 25 miles, and 1.42.20 for 50 miles).
Hayley was selected to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in April 2018 and won a bronze medal in the time trial – one of her proudest moments to date.
Despite breaking her elbow in June 2018 she came back just 7 weeks later to win the CTT National 25 and then finish 8th at the European TT Championship in Glasgow.
In 2019, despite a spring plagued with illness, Hayley won a bronze medal in the time trial at the European Games in Minsk and then 2 days later finished 2nd in the Elite National TT at Sandringham.
In August 2020 Hayley finished 7th at the European Championship TT in Alkmaar and then she went on to win her first National Hillclimb championship at the end of October 2020.
Hayley has won 13 CTT titles since 2014 and has also represented Great Britain at international level every year since 2015.
In order to perform at her best, Hayley has found the insights gained for Forth Edge tests invaluable, as Hayley explains, “When I first started cycling I thought that winning was just a result of training hard but it is so much more than that.
There are a multitude of factors that contribute to a winning performance and the knowledge I’ve gained from Forth Edge has been invaluable. In the past few years, I have gone through several periods of injury and illness. Being able to monitor my biomarkers not only through these periods but also through the subsequent recovery and return to training enabled me to look after my body and come back stronger.”
Q. What is your pre-competition meal?
A. Tropical bircher muesli (recipe by Alan Murchison, Performance Chef) with obligatory mango!
Q. What is your go-to treat?
A. Ice cream! I try to make my own healthy versions though to satisfy any cravings without the calories. My favourite in the summer is to make a milkshake like recovery drink with frozen banana, protein powder, yoghurt and peanut butter.
Q. Favourite music for motivation?
A. I have a very eclectic taste in music! My favourite song to listen to pre-race is “Sometimes” by
Sound of Guns but my warm-up playlist also includes “Go” by Livingston, “Mr. Brightside” by The
Killers and “Where We Belong” by Lostprophets.
Q. What Superhero would you be?
A. I’d be Captain Marvel as she is one of the most powerful superheroes, male or female. She has a
wide range of abilities to rival her male counterparts and is an embodiment of female strength – the
perfect female role model for young girls.
Maverick X-Series Peak District Ultra, Women’s Ultra, UK, 2019
13th July 2019. Time 09:33:04.
Lotto Thuringen Ladies Tour Stage 3, Germany, 2017
15th July 2017.
British National Time Trial, Women Elite, UK, 2015
25th June 2015.
Commonwealth Games Time Trial, Australia, 2018
10th April 2018.
European Games Time Trial, Belarus, 2019
25th June 2019.
Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour GC, Germany, 2017
18th July 2017.