Since its debut in 2013, GCN has grown into one of the largest cycling networks in the world with 1.2 million subscribers and a total of 800 million video views.
Emma Pooley will join following a number of requests from viewers to have a permanent voice for the growing female cycling audience among the team.
Pooley raced for Great Britain as a road cyclist from 2005 to 2016, winning the UCI Time Trial World Championships, as well as five further cycling medals at the Olympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games. Since retiring from professional cycling, Pooley has remained an active figure in sport; competing in multi-sport events including long distance triathlon, cycling, and running races, and winning the long-distance duathlon world championship four times. She also holds a doctorate in geotechnical engineering from ETH Zurich and a first class degree in Engineering from Cambridge.
Pooley will be joining the current GCN team, and will be involved in all things GCN including racing news and reports, training tips, ‘how-to’ guides, pro bike checks and bike tech. One of her first projects takes her to Spain with the GCN crew to film a series of videos on location.
Founder and CEO of Play Sports Network Simon Wear commented: “We are delighted to welcome Emma with her wealth of knowledge and passion for the sport, a great athlete and ambassador for women's cycling. We feel Emma will add an extra dynamic that our viewers have been looking for and will help us to further reach the expanding and diverse cycling family whilst giving the boys a run for their money on the bike!”
Pooley added: “It’s wonderful to have the chance to join the fantastic team at GCN, who do such great work bringing cycling to a wider audience. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences of the sport with GCN’s viewers, using my background in engineering to discuss technology, and creating some exciting content this season.”