As I get older, it's getting more frustrating because I'm starting to think about what I'm going to do after cycling, and I may be pushed to study alongside riding in order to prepare for retirement - all those things the professional blokes don't really have to think about.

It's very special that the Olympics is in London. As a first Olympic experience, it's going to be pretty incredible.

It's difficult to change things in a positive way.

There's been a lot of champions before me, and I'm sure there will be ahead of me.

I'm not at the point of accepting it yet - but I will have to come to the point of accepting that people will doubt me forever.

I had to find my own path, and in some ways, it's been a good thing.

I'm old-fashioned.

I'm 100 per cent motivated. I haven't done enough yet in cycling to be satisfied.

It hurts me to consider anybody questioning my performances.

When I have a family, I will be retired.

Eating well is really important to me. That means having balanced meals, never missing a meal, never skipping a meal, having a balanced diet, and never doing anything extreme.

I won't try and combine training and a family.

I am proud, but I'm annoyed with myself for not believing in myself enough.

I don't particularly buy into all the nutrition fads and that sort of thing.

I need to go out on a ride feeling full and feeling ready.

I used to think that in order to be lean, I had to under-eat.

I never expected to compete at home in a UCI women's race - let alone as world champion.

As a British rider, it's a privilege to be able to compete on home roads. The British public have really taken to cycling, and you can see that when the race goes through different towns: the community really gets behind it.

It's something that can get overwhelming and frustrating, the sexism I experience in my career. It's just obviously a big issue in women's sport, like salaries, media coverage, just general things that you have to cope with in your career.

There is no pathway for female GB road cyclists, but at the same time, if you are wanting to be the best in the world, you have to forge your own pathway. It's not that things should be there on a plate for you. You have to work really hard, and that's what I've done, and I didn't let it stop me.

I trust myself, the way I prepare. I feel like I know what I'm doing.

As a female athlete, I think it's really important to stand up on a podium and represent females and what we're capable of, and I always try to make political statements with what I do rather than with headlines.

My focus has to be on my career.

I will hold my head high in Rio and do my best for Great Britain.

I eat a lot more now than I ever used to. I have taken a real interest in nutrition and believe in the difference that makes when fueling your body correctly. That means never skipping a meal and making sure that my diet supports my training needs.

As long as my weight is healthy, then I eat what I want.

I like being part of the Great Britain setup. I like feeling I'm at a race that is important and the pressure that goes with it.

I am one of the best in the world, and it's a position I should get used to being in.

Cycling is a business.

I can't feel sorry for myself.

I think about Rio every day. Every day in training, it's something that drives me forward. I want to be Olympic champion.

Most of my friends are non-cyclists. They are interested and proud of my achievements, but, equally, if I stopped tomorrow, they wouldn't say much about it!

It's fantastic news that the Aviva Women's Tour will continue in 2016.

I have to be a leader now. I need to shoulder responsibility more than I used to. It's changed me, but I'm OK with that.

I mean, for me, the reason I ride my bike and race is because I love doing it, not because I'm seeking recognition for it.

When you are on a climb, you always pick out people's words of encouragement, and it can push us on, without doubt.

For the rest of my life, I realise people are going to ask questions of me, but at the end of the day, I am a clean athlete, and I have worked hard.

There are lots of things that could be done. We could get more help from the UCI, like forcing Pro-Tour teams to have a women's equivalent.

I'm quite un-traditional.

I will never cheat in any walk of life.

A family is something that I definitely want, but I'm 26, so I have plenty of time, and I try not to kind of confuse the two because, if I'm lucky enough, I want to make having a baby a personal decision rather than a career-defined one.

I've got a lot of silvers. Second seems to be something I end up being. I don't want to be the bridesmaid forever.

You've got all that 130 km. of being totally focused, and as soon as you cross the line, it takes a few seconds to realise what's happened.

Any woman in any career has to think about when they have children, if they want to have children, and how it's going to affect their career.

Most women's races don't pay much at all.

I need to be fit and strong, and I don't want to carry any excess fat.

The UCI have to make the decision to put in rules into women's cycling that they have in men's cycling: you know, like a minimum budget to run a women's team and that sort of thing so that it becomes more professional.

Crossing the line and being world champion, I've always dreamt about it, and now I've done it. It's quite a surreal feeling, but obviously very special.

It's fantastic to have the opportunity to race at home, so I wouldn't miss it.