Name: Chloe Hosking
Pursuit: Road Cycling
When did you start?
I started cycling when I was 12. I was one of those really active kids that always had to be moving so when I got shin splints at the filed hockey U13 National Championships in Adelaide I didn’t really know what to do with myself, I’m sure I drove my parents crazy. Dad was a mad keen cyclists and I just asked him one day, when I was still injured, if I could have a go at cycling. He couldn’t get me on a bike quick enough and gradually the multitude of other sports fell by the weigh-side. I just fell in love with cycling.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
My bronze medal at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth games was pretty special. It was my first time representing Australia in the senior ranks and my team mate also won the gold in the same race. To have the Australian flag being raised in a foreign country and the anthem being playing is really something special. I couldn’t help but get a bit teary, but not as teary as my Mum who was weeping hysterically to the side of the podium.
What is your dream?
To be an Olympian, and not only because Dad said the only tattoo I can ever get is the Olympic rings. I can even begin to describe how much I want to represent Australia in London. It’s what I wake up for and it’s what I go to bed thinking about. It’s what drives me to put 110% into my training because I know if I don’t I couldn’t forever be thinking, ‘maybe it was that one session that stopped me from making it to London’.
Who or what have inspired you?
Who's your hero?
People always ask this so I should really figure out my answer. But the reality is I don’t have one specific person I watch, or think about and say ‘I want to be them’. I want to be the best that I can be, I don’t want to achieve something that someone else has. I have athlete’s that I respect enormously such as my team-mate Ina Yoko Teutenberg and Cathy Freeman but their not the reason why I ride my bike for 5hrs a day. Probably the closest to a hero in my life is my family. They offer me unwavering support. They’ve travelled the world to watch me race and have sacrificed so much so I can be in the position I am today. My Dad, my Mum and my Sister are who I look up to most.
Any other special talents?
I’m very swift at getting through airport security. Traveling as much as cyclists do you learn a thing or two.
There’s nothing like a bit of Aussie hip hop when you’re away from home. It always reminds me of summer, festivals, BBQ’s and friends. Can’t go past a bit of Bliss’n’Esso, The Herd, Hilltop Hoods, Illy, and Drapht.
My Dad says there’s never been a bad Base-ball or Foot-ball movie made and I tend to agree with him
Favourite TV Show?
I love food. Probably one of the reason I’m still cycling is because it means I can eat more of it. Cookies, chocolate, Thai, Turkish, Mexican, Indian. You name it I’ll eat it.
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
The grant comes at a really important time in the lead up to the key selection races for the London Games. It will be extremely helpful in covering the little ‘one-percent-ors’ that athletes are always talking about, the little things that can make a big difference. I’ll use the money for things like weekly, or twice weekly massages to aid recovery and to pay for motor-pacing sessions to fine tune my fitness and speed. I’ll also use the money for travel expenses I’ll unlikely incur while traveling around the world for various selection races.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
Decide what you want and go for it.