Annie has been nominated for being the first woman to represent GB in the mountain bike event in 12 years, finishing 8th overall – a fantastic achievement for a developing young rider.
Annie Last deferred her place at medical school to join British Cycling’s Olympic Academy Programme in 2009 and has gone on to become the first British woman to start the Olympic mountain bike race since Sydney 2000.
Britain’s top female cross country mountain biker in a decade recorded her best result at the final round of the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Cup, finishing third and backing up a two-season period of top ten finishes and two under-23 world championship silver medals.
Annie first showed her potential as a first year under-23 rider, beating 2008 Olympic Champion Sabine Spitz in stage one of the Tour de l’Ain and a couple of months later, at the 2009 world championships, produced a mature and sensational ride to claim fifth under-23 in her rookie year. Annie also represented GB in the 2010 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships, where she started from the back of the grid to finish 11th.
Annie made her Olympic debut at the London 2012 Olympics, becoming the first woman to represent GB in the mountain bike event for 12 years thanks to a gruelling couple of seasons qualifying Olympic points. Annie had a great start, leading the pack for the first lap and pleasing the 20,000 plus partisan crowd. She finished in 8th place overall which was a great result for the developing rider.