Thanks to her climbing prowess and exciting racing style, Emma also has 6 World Cup victories and 7 stage race wins to her name. She earned a reputation as an outspoken campaigner for more gender equality in road cycling. After a cycling career spanning 9 years, Emma went back to multi-sport racing - competing in long distance triathlon, duathlon, cycling, and running events. She won the long distance duathlon world championship for 4 years in a row, from 2014 to 2017, as well the prestigious triathlons of Alpe d'Huez, Embrunman, and Swissman.
After her retirement from professional sport in 2018, Emma spent a year as a presenter at the YouTube channel GCN. In 2019 she returned to living and working in Switzerland, where she has been resident since moving to Zürich in 2005 for her doctorate in engineering. She continues to race - purely for fun - in mountain running and ultracyling, and is writing an autobiographical recipe book to share her passion for eating real, tasty food in sport.
Emma Jane Pooley (born 3 October 1982 in London) grew up in Norwich, where she attended Norwich High School for Girls and the sixth form of Norwich School. At school she competed in rowing, athletics, and cross-country running - demonstrating grit and enthusiasm, but no great talent. From 2001-2005 Emma studied Mathematics and then Engineering at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. It was here at university in 2003 that she started cycling after suffering a running injury. Initially competing in time trials and age-group triathlon, Emma entered her first cycling road race in March 2005.
She graduated from Cambridge in 2005 with a first class degree in Engineering, BUSA champion medals in cycling time trials, and sporting Blues in cross-country running, triathlon, and cycling.
Soon after graduation, Emma moved to Switzerland to take up a Marie Curie Fellowship for research into geotechnical engineering at ETH Zürich. She completed her doctoral thesis in 2013 - on the topic of centrifuge modelling of ground improvement on double porosity soils.