Events/rides/challenges planned for 2022
With slight trepidation, I’ve signed up for Highland Trail 550 mass start in May. This isn’t going to be a ride for results, rather an exploration of capability. I’m under no illusion that the technical grade of this race is a few notches higher than my current, but there’s nothing quite like setting yourself a goal which forces you to work on your weaknesses. Despite making me feel nervous, having an excuse to push myself and my gear for several days in the beauty of the Scottish Highlands is really exciting.
Music playlist of choice
My liked songs on ‘danger shuffle’…it could be anything: Dance, drum and bass, classical, rock, showtunes, Flight of the Concords. I seem to have a habit of loosing headphones and if that happens I’ll just play music out loud, which sometimes can have embarrassing consequences
What do you carry with you on every trip?
Headtorch, for unexpected dark, mechanicals, front light failures, I’m always glad it’s there
One luxury item you take on a trip
Hairbrush, boring but true.
Favourite country to ride in?
I found this very difficult but going to go with the UK, despite the weather, there’s still so much beauty and variety to explore.
If you could only ride one route, what would it be?
Somewhat unadventurous but I’m going for the Bristol Bath cycle path, it’s an old railway line, off-road, paved and flat. I do love epic routes but having cycling in my everyday life is far more important to me. On the path I can still commute and get to cycle with all types of people. Future proofing too, I’ll still be able to ride it when I’m 90!