RICHMOND, Va. — Born in England and raised in countries like Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Sweden, Emma Langley lived a somewhat transient childhood. When her family moved to the United States during her middle school years, Langley’s upbringing lent itself to more solitary sports.
A swimmer at first, Langley was competing in triathlons by the time she was in high school.
Three disciplines are not for everyone and Langley soon discovered she had a favorite, cycling.
"I loved how much further you could go on a bike," Langley said. "Sure, on a run you could see a couple of miles of a place. But on a bike? You can go 50 or 100 miles." Langley studied Kinesiology at William and Mary. She chose the Williamsburg college for its size and its cycling club.
The club was the impetus she needed to focus on cycling as her primary sport.
She performed well enough locally and regionally to begin pitching herself to professional cycling teams in the same way any prospective employee goes searching for a job.
"Despite being new, I showed a bit of raw talent, and then also a lot of enthusiasm and room for development," he said. "If you’re coming in and saying I’ve already done all of this and already covered every inch and this is where I’m at, then maybe that shows a little less potential in some ways."She eventually latched on with EF Education TIBCO SVB, a team based in California. And it didn’t hurt that she had traveled to […]