'I ride for medals not money'
A bit of both, really.
I love going to the shops and buying clothes and make up. I lucky that I been able to buy a house. Silly as it sounds, I really enjoyed buying my fridge pandora silver rings freezer.
But I like to save money as well. I hate to look at my bank account and see that I got no money left.
I never really had a job because I been cycling from such a young age there was never really a time to have a job. My mum went into Starbucks once and asked if they had a job for me pandora charms australia online shopping and they offered me one but I never took it up because I couldn fit the job in with school and cycling.
The only money I managed to save was my where to buy pandora bracelet online dinner money. My parents gave me 10 a week for lunch and I just make myself jam sandwiches and save the money. The first time I ever got paid anything was by UK Sport.
Was that a salary or a one payment?
One hundred pounds used to come in every month from the age of 15, which at that point felt like loads of money. My friends, who were still doing paper rounds or getting paid by their parents to do jobs around the house, were like you earn loads of money
Did your UK Sport funding increase as your cycling career developed?
UK Sport have a funding system where all the payments are bracketed, so if you win a medal at the World Championship you go into the A bracket, and then B, C and so on. When I became Junior World Champion I got put into the D bracket, which I think was 10,000 a year, when I was 18. So at the time that again seemed like loads of money.
Sponsorship happened a bit later. Adidas was my only sponsor before the London Games in 2012, and UK Sport had handled the funding side of things up to that point.
Financially, how dramatic was the change after you won two gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics?
Everything changed. I got new sponsors because of my success at the Olympics, so I stayed with Adidas and then Prudential came on board as well, so they are my main partners now. And Wiggle Honda, my professional cycling team, pay me a salary too.
Golden girl: Laura Trott celebrates winning her second gold on the track at the London 2012 Olympics
How much greater is your income today?
It massively more than what I was on before the Games, but what you have to remember is that the UK Sport money was tax free, whereas my income now isn UK Sport no longer finances me, as once you earn over a certain amount of money you can take your funding any more. The purpose of the funding is to help young athletes find their feet. Once you above that level you on your own.
Tell us about the RideLondon event
The event is in August, the week after the Commonwealth Games, which is great because hopefully it will mean people will be inspired to come out for the day.
For me the reason I got involved was to inspire the next generation of cyclists. Cycling has never felt like a job. To get paid for something that you absolutely love is amazing. I don feel like I work. I just do it because I love it and I get paid to do it. I just think: an easy way to earn a living.
How does your income break down between sponsorship deals, prize money and personal appearances?
My main income comes from my sponsors. I also do the odd appearance here and there, like for the Disney Aim High mentorship campaign.
How much do you make for a personal appearance?
It depends what it for and for how long, but I actually have no idea what the numbers are. My agents deal with that side of things. I been asked to do I a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! and I do get asked to do all sorts of things like that but I don want to put my career on hold. I have to take three weeks off to do something like that. Maybe it something I think about after it all ended.
Does money make you happy?
Money is important and it would be hard not to have it, but on its own it wouldn make me happy. It the other things that make you happy. Winning medals and being a successful cyclist is obviously a big motivating factor. But just spending time on the sofa with my boyfriend [fellow Team GB Olympic gold medallist Jason Kenny] and my two dogs keeps me happy.
Laura Trott and boyfriend number charms for pandora bracelets Jason Kenny share a kiss after their Olympic triumphs
Do you look after your own finances?
I really lucky as my dad an accountant, so he deals with all of that for me.
What are the main financial lessons you learnt?
I learnt a lot about tax over the years. My dad has had to explain to me what it all about the fact that all the money that goes into your account isn necessarily your money.
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