Why do you ride your bike?
I love the sense of freedom, its social aspect and that it’s a mode of transport that is kind to our planet.
Favourite place to ride?
Chat laps in Regent’s or a scenic ride up and down a mountain pass.
Up or down mountains?
Down the mountain but you need to earn it first 😀
Conquering Col du Galibier and becoming one of the Baroudeurs.
How long does it take you to change a flat?
I’m lucky I’ve never had a flat tyre – touch wood – so to answer the question probably ages.
Advice to a new cyclist?
Join a cycling club. I wish I had sooner. It means you no longer have to ride alone. You’ll end up riding more, improving your fitness and on top of that you’ll learn about cycling etiquette too.
Steel, Carbon, Alu, Magnesium, or Ti?
Legs of steel… jokes aside I still ride my first aluminium road bike.
Grand Tours or Classics?
Gels or potatoes?
Müsli bars and Manner Schnitten.
Headwind or rain?
Disc or rims?
Got rim brakes but my next bike – probably an Enduro – will have disc brakes.
I wish I had been told that…
Cycling is the best way to explore London.
What is it like being a Baroudeur? (Not a trick question)
It’s a lifestyle.
What advice would you give someone wanting to join the Baroudeurs?
Come and join for laps in Regent’s. You won’t find a friendlier and more welcoming bunch.
GC predictions for 2021?
What’s cycling got for you in 2021
I’ve shattered my anterior cruciate ligament recently and gone through reconstructive surgery. Spring and summer 2021 will be about recovery. I’m determined to come back stronger.
Next challenge (post recovery)
Ötztaler Radmarathon over 4 alpine passes. It is 5,500 metres in altitude at a distance of 238 km. I’m looking forward to it.
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