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Haley Smith

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Haley Smith

Age: 22

Height: 170cm

Hometown: Uxbridge, ON

Current residence: Victoria, BC

Education: BSc Specialization in Kinesiology from Queen’s University (class of 2015)

What age did you start cycling? 16

What inspired you to start riding / racing? My brother and dad took me out initially, and it soon became a love affair of my own. I loved the feeling of the pain in my legs, the adrenaline rush of the speed, and the calming aspects of being in nature all at the same time.

First bike? Specialized Era Hardtail, then a Yeti, and I’ve been on Norcos ever since!

First cycling club or team? Angry Johnny’s Racing

Childhood hero? Hayley Wickenheiser (I was a hockey player until I was 18, and I still lace ‘em up every now and again)

Career highlight to-date? It’s a tie, between my first top 10 World Cup in the Czech Republic in 2015 and winning the U23 National Championship in the same year – both incredibly special performances for me.

Favourite place to train in Canada? Definitely Victoria, BC. The trails are just so amazing!

Favourite race? This one is also a tie, between the Canada Cup in Mont Tremblant, QC, and the World Cup in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. Such good vibes at both venues!

High sock or low? High. Definitely high.

Favourite food? This is impossible to answer! I love food, and I love trying new flavours. Intricate pastas, pizza, and fresh fruits are high on the list.

Hobbies / pastimes away from cycling? I grew up dancing and have always loved to express myself that way. Now, I spend my downtime practicing yoga, playing guitar, cooking and baking, and I (always) have a book on the go.

Favourite place to travel or race abroad? I love to experience all the new places in the world, but my favourite so far has got to be in Meribel, France. I would love to have a race in Scotland at some point, though!

Favourite music? I have a pretty diverse taste in music. I love folk and acoustic, and you can always find some country on my “recently played” list.

Favourite tv show or movie? My heart was stolen by Hogwarts long ago, so I’d have to say the entire Harry Potter series. New Girl – starring Zoey Deschanel – is always great for laughs. And, of course, Friends is a timeless classic.

Interesting or little-known fact about you? Little known facts…. I suppose there are a few! I think the most obscure one is the size and shape of my thumbs: they are two drastically different sizes. Seriously, my hands don’t look they could both belong to the same person!