Sport has also taught her how to deal with obstacles in everyday life. Even when people say something can’t be done, Isabelle says that, actually, it can and will be. When she was working as a sales representative for a company in the health sector, her job was to meet doctors and pitch products to them. If a doctor was aloof or unwelcoming because he didn’t know or trust her, rather than give up and try her luck elsewhere Isabelle come back and try to take a new angle at bargaining with them. “A new day is a new opportunity,” Isabelle smiles. Having an education and a work alternative to sport is important, no matter what discipline you do. “When you find that you cannot do it anymore, you then have somewhere to return to and your life doesn’t come to a halt,” says Isabelle.
At the moment she is focusing on track cycling. "Individual and team pursuit are quite similar to time trials – my favourite discipline on the road," says Isabelle, who wants to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games. "I know that the odds are stacked against me, but it’s the last shot I'll ever get," she admits, adding that this has always been her childhood dream. "Even if I don't make it, I want to know that I gave it my all," she says. She admits that in five years’ time she is highly unlikely to be racing still. Even so, she is keen to stay involved in cycling. She would like to concentrate on mountain bikes, maybe write a blog (like the one she is currently preparing for a bike brand). Her dream would be to be a TV sports commentator. “I’m open to anything and I love new challenges,” she says. When you see that twinkle in her eye, it’s easy to believe she’ll make it happen.