Born in Bakewell, Commonwealth Games champion Annie Last deferred her medicine degree to join British Cycling’s Olympic Academy Programme in 2009.
The proof proved to be in the pudding as, by finishing eighth at a World Cup event in La Bresse, France, Last became the first British woman to qualify for the Olympic mountain bike competition since 2000.
Her Olympic debut at London 2012 saw her finish eighth in the cross country mountain event.
In 2017, she became the first British woman in 20 years to win a UCI Mountain Bike Cross Country World Cup stage – the first since Caroline Alexander triumphed in St Wendel, Germany, in 1997 – with victory in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
That year, she also became the first British woman to medal at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships with a second-placed finish in Cairns, Australia before Commonwealth Games success arrived in 2018.
Last ruled the roost in the women’s mountain bike event, with fellow British rider Evie Richards taking silver.