In our new series we meet the stars of our Official Women's Partner, Liv Racing, and this week it's the turn of Isabella Naughton. Hailing from the USA, 19 year old Isabella competes in the U21 competition and last year finished third in the overall rankings.
Isabella is no stranger to competition at the highest level - she's competed in the Junior Olympics in skiing and in 2018 was the USA Downhill National Championship. We caught up with her ahead of racing getting underway in Switzerland next month.
Isabella finished third overall in the U21 category last season and ha her eyes on the top spot for 2020. Pic: Jeff Clark/Liv Racing
Where are you in the world?
Flagstaff, Arizona USA
How has Covid-19 affected life where you are?
Covid has definitely been real here, working in a hospital, I get to see first hand what the reality of Covid is and the affect it can have on people. Arizona reacted well and things have started opening back up for us, with a lot of rules in place like social distancing and wearing masks.
What does your new 'normal' look like?
My “new normal” hasn’t changed too much, I’m grateful that I’m still able to work and ride. I am definitely missing racing though. Not being able to go out to eat with family or go to the gym was definitely weird, but now that things are slowly opening back up it feels like things are starting to get better.
The Liv Hail has one of the best paint jobs in the sport. Pic: Jeff Clark/Liv Racing
Tell us about your bike - how long have you been riding it and what's your favorite part of it?
My Liv Hail is hands down my favorite bike to ride. I’ve been riding it for about two years now and I feel very confident hitting any jump, drop, rock garden, etc. on it. The best part about it is definitely the glitter it has on the frame, because glitter makes you go faster.
What is the best thing about being a part of Liv Racing?
The best thing about being a part of Liv Racing is their dedication to getting more ladies riding as well as the love and support I get from every single person on the team. Not everyone sees what goes on behind the scenes, but racing truly wouldn’t be possible without everyone who contributes.
Isabella on her way to the podium at EWS Northstar in 2019. Pic: Sven Martin/Liv Cycling
What EWS rounds are you most looking forward to this season?
The three I get to go to this year is Zermatt, Olargues, and Petzen, so I’m really looking forward to all of those to gain more experience during my last year in the U21 category.
What is one thing about you that people might not guess by looking at you?
I really, really like French fries.
What does Liv Committed mean to you?
#LivCOMMITTED to me means to constantly continue to remind women that we are strong and we are capable of competing at the highest level in any sport but also in sports that people think are just for men. #LivCOMMITTED means that there is no limit to what the future holds for women in sport.