When did you start cycling and when did you join Rye Wheelers?
I started mountain biking in the mid 80s and that’s how I met my husband Nick. We went on an MTB trip for our honeymoon. When our children were young, I didn’t ride much but Nick started road cycling. It was in 2005 that some friends suggested that we should try a time trial and we came along to a Rye club 10. We were signed up, there and then by Jim Hollands.
What motivates you to ride and train?
I really enjoy racing, but struggle to motivate myself to train. I wish I had come to TT much earlier in my life, but am realistic about my potential and what is achievable for me with minimal training and age against me. I am, however, competitive by nature and am very determined. I really enjoy the camaraderie and banter within our club and the wider TT community. This year I will ride the Maratona and possibly have another crack at the 24 hour. I have ridden all distances including the 12 and 24 hours, and relish the challenge of the longer events.
Do you have a favourite route and cafe stop?
Because I tend to ride solo, I don’t generally stop. I either do a loop out through Ninfield, because I know how long it takes, or I like to ride out towards Brightling/Burwash because it is so beautiful out that way. The Captain’s rides are great events, and are a good opportunity to catch up with non-racing members.
Tell us more about you and your interests?
Theoretically, I should have plenty of time on my hands now that the children are grown up, but I’m a poor time manager and tend to flit from one thing to another. I love my dog and we go on long walks, I spend my time gardening and watching the birds. I love running and belong to Hastings Athletic Club, I have entered Hastings half marathon for the 11th time and I’m training hard for that at the moment. Once that’s over, I’ll get back to my cycle training – promise!!