Emma Grant

“Where there’s a will there’s a way” - Pauline Kael

Nickname: Marge

D.O.B.: Sept 30 1991

Birth city and state: Oxford, UK

Current City: Nomad!

Height: 172cm

Specialty: Races of attrition

Previous sports: Athletics, netball, lacrosse, tennis

Years racing: 9

Colleges attended: Bath University

Degree: Bsc Sports Science, post grad Sports Nutrition

Personal Website link

Instagram link: emgrant1

Facebook link: emma.grant.39

Twitter link: emgrant1

Emma is a half brit half kiwi born in Oxfordshire, England. Previously an 800m runner she made the switch to cycling after being scouted by a talent ID scheme called Girls 4 Gold. She has always dreamed of being a professional athlete. Growing up with 3 other competitive siblings fostered competition in everything whether it be ping pong or croquet she hated losing. She knocked her front teeth out in her first ever bike race, her dad picked them off the road put them in some milk and took them to the hospital to be put back in! In 2016 and 2018 Emma had a surgery to repair her right and left iliac artery endofibrosis. She had both iliac and femoral arteries reconstructed with cow heart!

Career Highlight

  • 1st Sunset Stage, Redlands Classic 2018
  • 1st Boston Mayors Cup 2015
  • 2nd U23 GB Nationals 2013  
  • 1st Air Force Classic 2012
  • 10th GC Santos Tour down under 2018


  • 6th Stage 3 Tour Down Under
  • 1st Stage 5 Redlands Classic
  • 8th Winston Salem Classic
  • 45th La Fleche Wallone
  • 45th La Course


  • 4th Tour of the Gila Stage 2
  • 6th Stillwater, North Star GP
  • 10th Winston Salem Classic
  • 3rd Cascade Classic Stage 3
  • 2nd Cascade Classic Stage 5

What inspired you to become a bike racer?

I always dreamed of being a professional runner, I went from one injury to the next as a runner and through a talent ID scheme I got the opportunity to keep that dream alive in another sport.

Who is an inspiration to you in your life, both on and off the bike?

My 3 siblings we are always one upping each other in a fun way

Favorite meal when training?

‘Blood builder’ sautéed beef, beets, greens, garlic with a bowl of rice and tahini dressing

The best thing about being a bike racer is?

You are never satisfied there is always something to work on. The people you meet and connections you make around the world. Getting to race and train in amazing places you’d never go to otherwise. The team comradery and banter on and off the bike.

What is your biggest accomplishment on the bike?

Persistence through bilateral iliac artery endofibrosis

Favorite place you’ve raced your bike and why?

Cry baby hill, every cyclist needs to experience that!

Favorite cross training or off season activity?

Being in the mountains

Best tip for a new bike racer?

Grow your way through the process and find people better than you to train with.

What are one or two things that you do daily that are the key to your success?

Cooking from scratch, napping!

If you weren’t bike racing what would you be?

A dietician

If you could spend 10 days anywhere, where would it be?

New Zealand

Favorite things to do off the bike:

  1. Making up recipes
  2. Restorative yoga
  3. Listening to podcasts and audio books
  4. Brunch
  5. Going to new coffee shops

Top 5 warmup/pre-race songs on your iPod:

  1. Lose yourself
  2. Shut up and dance
  3. Mr Brightside
  4. Dream on
  5. High hopes

Favorite things to eat.

  1. Dark choc
  2. Every nut butter
  3. Porridge
  4. Venison
  5. Guacamole

Tell us something about yourself that people may not know

I love getting up really early!

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