Meet the track rider who ditched British Cycling for Barbados, and her parrot Nigel

Animal lover Amber Joseph has her sights set on the Olympics, but it won’t be an easy ride to get there

Amber Joseph in Barbados kit at velodrome 2022
(Image credit: SWPix)

“It started off with me and my mum,” says Amber Joseph, the only Barbadian rider in the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines velodrome at the Track World Championships. “She was my bank. She was my chauffeur, mechanic, manager, and she didn’t even know the difference between the front wheel and back wheel.”

Joseph stands out as she warms up inside the track centre. The 22-year-old is decked in bright yellow kit, sitting up high in the saddle while she spins her legs. To her right, her mother sits on a plastic chair.

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