7mesh watchers may remember Laura from our pre-pandemic Oaxaca photoshoot, where the camera caught her sending it on some seriously tricky flows in one of Mexico's finest mountain bike destinations. But before there was big air, how did she get so good? "The UK showed me the way with mountain biking, that's for sure," Laura told us over the phone during a recent catchup. "I had a great group of ladies I rode with over in the Peak District [close to Sheffield in the north of the UK - Ed.] and started racing just to meet people. But still, it was a huge leap when I got to Squamish and saw how radical the riding is here."
After finding her feet with the help of female riders such as 7mesh ambassador Angie McKirdy, Jo Peters and Ruby Morrissey, Laura soon got up to speed with the Squamish slabs. "I transitioned pretty well because I used to love slow technical trails where I could ride in control at my own pace," she explained. "I didn't really go in for fast flowy, jumpy trails and things like that. But a few years ago, I decided I'd like to try getting faster to make it more of a challenge and ended up enjoying going full gas a bit."