Helen won the second ever British National Mountain Bike Championships in 1999 and was also one of the first British downhill women to race internationally.
With minimal budget, along with equipment that often lagged behind her competitors, she nonetheless returned with impressive results and great respect from her peers.
Despite being tall and slender, she had a very all-or-nothing style of riding and would surprise commentators and competitors alike with her attacking of the downhills. This occasionally saw her end up in an ambulance, but when it didn’t, she was often victorious. After retiring from the racing scene, she soon started working with British Cycling in all aspects of cycle racing and later, Team Sky.