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Chris Pritchard
(Crystal)

Born: 02 Jan 1983
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Four most significant cycling achievements?
Representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games and Finishing 4th in the Team Sprint in Delhi, 3rd place in the National Keirin 2010, winning my first ever sprint event and a National Title in my first year of the sport.

Best moment on bike?
Lining up with Ross Edgar and Sir Chris Hoy for Scotland at the Revolution series post Commonwealth Games. To be lead out by the greatest sprinter was just amazing... I mean, that's like a football fan playing alongside Wayne Rooney at Manchester United! It was a huge moment for me and cemented my self belief as a world class athlete.

Person who has had the most influence on your cycling career and why?
Myself. I don't come from a cycling family and I've never had a coach for a decent length of time so I'd have to say ME! It's me and my self belief that wakes me up every morning and gets me on the bike in the cold winter months.

Rider you most revere/admire and why?
Russell Downing, He's courage through adversity personified. Its taken a lot of up and downs to get where he is now. He didn't always get the rub of the green but he kept at it and he's reaping the rewards now.

What was your first ever bike?
My first bike was a green little bike with a box for my sandwiches on the back. It served me well until I was showing off after my brother just got a brand new BMX. I set off down the street too fast, straight out into the main road and a car hit me - the bike was wrecked!

Your most "impressive" injury?
It has to be a from my days racing Supermoto. Last lap of practise got a jump all wrong ending in a cracked shoulder blade, ripped my AC joint out and had a nice bit of concussion.

What is your favourite route?
The roads round the Peak District are just amazing. I don't really have a specific route I just get out and go where my legs take me.

If you were not a pro-racer what would you be doing right now?
I'd be still racing motorbikes. I still have some unfinished business there...

What is your hidden talent?
Probably baking. I make a mean carrot cake cupcake! I've a few other things I think I'll keep a secret...

What is your favourite food?
Any thing from Wagamamas.

Do you have a particular lucky ritual before a race or any other quirks or superstitions?
Normally just have a quick word with myself and then just chill with some tunes.

Whats your aim for this season and beyond?
Short term - I want to win a National Track title and impress GB enough to make the squad. Long term I'm working towards the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

What does being in Endura Racing mean to you?
This means everything to me, without this I don't know how much longer I could have kept riding for. Endura have shown great faith in me and I can't wait to race in the Endura colours and bring some results in for us.