A MINUTE WITH: JENNY FAY
A former Irish time trial champion, new Swift Racing recruit Jenny Fay talks to Adam Tranter about pick ’n’ mix sweets and living in Belgium.
You were with Rapha Condor last season. What’s different with Swift Racing?
Swift has been established as a women’s pro team for three years now. It is well structured and Stefan’s experience as a director sportif is brilliant. The team clothing is a bit more vibrant too!
What do you expect this year?
Adrenalin, pain, relief and hopefully success for the team.
What’s the advantage to you of living full time in Belgium?
Living in a team house gives the riders the opportunity to get to know each other. Having the director sportif in the house also gives us the chance to talk in a relaxed atmosphere. The base allows for a choice of international racing nearby, which minimises travelling and stress.
What’s your best moment?
Wearing my national TT jersey in my first UCI time trial event.
And the worst?
The Giro San Marino last year. I went into the tour fatigued, as every stage got harder I struggled to find form and make up time. I left that tour physically and mentally broken. It took me weeks to build up my confidence again.
What races are you looking forward to this year?
Every single one provided I am well prepared! My main aim this year is to represent my country in the World Championships.
What’s in store after cycling?
Life before cycling involved working as an architect in Ireland so I will definitely return to it, but probably in the southern hemisphere. I’ll possibly have a go at the local surf before and after the nine to five day.
So what’s your favourite building?
It’s not a building as such, but a modern cemetery near Barcelona I visited a few years ago.
Have you got any bad habits?
I tend to say “Haa?” when asking someone to repeat a question, in a really strong Irish accent (think Brad Pitt in Snatch).
What’s your favourite pick ’n’ mix sweet?
If it came down to a pick ’n’ mix sweep against the clock, I’d go straight in for the milky teeth, but only the really chewy ones with the white powder on them.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), with guitar of course for some serenading over dessert! I’d bring along my three-year-old nephew for added humour and some rock education!
What helps you chill out?
A full body massage, coffee, the daily paper and Family Guy episodes.
What’s your favourite film quote?
Anchorman: “They’ve done studies, you know. 60 per cent of the time it works, every time.”
What was the last book you read?
No Country for Old Men, John McCarthy
What do you drive?
A five-year-old silver TDI Volkswagen Golf. I’ve yet to pimp it Swift-style.