Laura Winter is a sports presenter, cycling commentator, event host and journalist. As well as presenting British Cycling’s road and cyclocross coverage on Eurosport, BBC and ITV4, she is Voxwomen’s dedicated presenter, reporting live from some of the best women’s cycling races around the world, and filming interviews, features and more for the monthly Voxwomen Cycling Show. She is the NBC reporter and commentator for the Women’s Tour of California and has been the race host for the Tour de Yorkshire, Dubai Tour and Strade Bianche, as well as the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. With a background in swimming and rowing, she is now a keen cyclist and loves riding on the roads both in the UK and abroad. She is intent on giving female athletes, women’s cycling and women’s sport the coverage and recognition they deserve.
Sweating, swearing, legs burning, chest heaving; I am climbing Mont Ventoux. I am moving at snail’s pace, compared to the professional male and female pelotons who race up it in races such as the Tour de France and Tour de l’Ardeche, but nevertheless, I WILL make it.
The feeling of climbing a mountain and getting to the summit is simply euphoric. The views on the way up offer brief respite, a chance to drink in the beauty of this planet. The lung-busting, muscle-tearing pain at the top, when your body is at its very limits, is when I feel most alive. And the descent on the way down conjures up childlike glee.
It took me until I was 25 years old to climb a mountain and I first conquered Mt Ventoux. I already had the cycling bug by then though, and had fallen so deeply in love with this sport, I lived and breathed it. If I wasn’t on my bike, I was writing about it, watching it or talking about it.