Global Cycling Network (GCN) has announced a new addition to its presenting team – as Olympic, World and Commonwealth medallist Emma Pooley joins as a GCN presenter ‘to give a greater voice for women’s cycling’.
Since its debut in 2013, GCN has grown to become ‘the largest cycling network in the world’ with a significant 1.2 million subscribers and a total of 800 million video views. Emma Pooley joins ‘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, she 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.
And if that wasn’t enough, she also holds a doctorate in Geotechnical Engineering from ETH Zurich and a first class degree in Engineering from Cambridge.
A release from Play Sports Network, the organisation behind GCN and its sister YouTube channels noted that ‘Emma will be joining the current GCN team consisting of Simon, Dan, Tom, Matt and Jon. She 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.’
Simon Wear, Founder and CEO of Play Sports Network said “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!”
Emma said “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.”
GCN sits alongside the Global Mountain Bike Network (GMBN), Global Triathlon Network (GTN), Electric Mountain Bike Network (EMBN), GCN Tech and GMBN Tech, which in total have accumulated 4,654 years and 160 days of watch time, 6.4 million video likes and an average of 30 million monthly views, creating ‘the world’s largest online video cycling community’.
Play Sports Network is a digital sports media company focused on the world of cycling and is positioned as the world’s leading creator of cycling digital video distributed on YouTube and Facebook. The company reported 68% year-on-year growth in video views to over 395m in 2017.
Headquartered in Bath, England, the company is backed by an investor group that includes Discovery Communications, Andrew Croker (Perform, IMG), Oli Slipper, John Gleasure and Stef D’Anna (Perform), Tony Ball, (Sky & BT), Paul Bolwell and Humphrey Cobbold (Pure Gym & Wiggle).