The chameleon of the Specialized Women's Racing team, having competed as an Elite level runner, triathlete and now cyclist, Kate McIlroy is also without a doubt the most decorated. And most humble. She claims in her charming, tongue-in-cheek manner to be double the age of most of the women in the team. It's not true, of course, but this Wellington-born athlete has notched a number of significant strings to her bow that bely her tender years and steely personality.
Kate represented New Zealand at the London 2012 Olympics, twice at the Commonwealth Games, has been the World Mountain Running Champion and the country's Sportswoman of the Year. She now counts a job in the marketing department at Xero, a global online accounting software firm, among her many successes. But her lofty sporting goals remain long after she feared they might have disappeared for good. She recently finished fourth in the New Zealand National Road Championships – a result she would have been disappointed with – and is targetting the 2018 Comm Games. She cheekily tells me she hasn't put the 2020 Olympics beyond reach either.
Don't bet against her. Or try to compete with her at drinking games. But we'll leave her to explain that away.