They're a super fast duo competing in the younger categories. They have both signed up to ride for Thomsons Cycles, our series sponsor at the SXC and are two extremely friendly, happy girls at the races. Get behind them and give them your best support when they take on Britian's best on Sunday at 9.30am at Cathkin Braes. Both girls took 2nd place at the recent SXC at Cathkin, can they go one better on Sunday? Look out for the distinctive Team Thomsons navy and white kit.
Older sister Erika...
Name: Erika Allen
Race category: Youth
Club/Team: Team Thomsons Cycles
Bike: Scott Scale 710
Aim for the Cathkin National Champs: British Champ!
Best result of 2013 so far: SXC 1 Forfar 1st place
Where/when was your first ever race: Aberfoyle SXC 2009 when I was a wee p7
Favourite Scottish MTB trail: Cambusbarron woods near Stirling, you find some sweet new trail every time!
Best things about being a MTB'er: You are naturally a lot more awesome than being a roadie, and you can say you do the same stuff as grant, kenta and other legends like nino schurter:)
Little known fact about yourself: I'm learning the ukulele!
Younger sister Katie....
Name: Katie Allen
Race category: Juvenile Female
Club/Team: Team Thomson's Cycles
Bike: Scott Scale
Aim for the Cathkin National Champs: To get on the podium
Best result of 2013 so far: 10 Under the Ben where our team of Erika Allen, Jamie Johnston, Harry Johnston and I won the mixed quads by 2 laps and the quads by 1 lap!
Where/when was your first ever race: Aberfoyle SXC in 2009 when I was 9
Favourite Scottish MTB trail: Aberfoyle or Cambusbarron, both amazing and technical!
Best things about being a MTB'er: It's doing something you love with all your friends and every ride is different and exciting
Little known fact about yourself: I bake awesome cakes (even ask the Thomsons crew :P)