'I thought I was having a heart attack on the start line': Mechanical engineer, mother of two, making Pakistani history

Alongside Asma Jan, Kanza Malik made history as the first Pakistani women to race internationally

Kanza Malik
(Image credit: Getty)

Like with Chris Symonds in the men's time trial, the results sheet of a bike race shows the order of the fastest to slowest competitors who took to the start line. Turn it upside down, however, and often the most impressive efforts rise to the top.

That was certainly the case again in the women's time trial at the Flanders World Championships, as Pakistan's Kanza Malik and Asma Jan filled the final two places in 48th and 49th place.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.