Having bought my first road bike in 2010, I spent 4 years riding solo around my home turf, the Fylde Coast (where the wind is our hills!!). I joined the local cycling club in 2014 and haven’t looked back, with regular group riding on weekday evenings and weekends mainly out to the Ribble Valley and Trough of Bowland (and back into that lovely westerly). Commuting to work in Preston on the bike, when I can, also helps keep some regular miles in the legs.

I have also taken part in local running events including Preston, Blackburn and Blackpool 10k and Blackpool Half Marathon, although the future is likely to be more bike focused as a lifetime of playing football has left me with dodgy ankles and achilles.

I look forward to getting involved in cycling sportives this year and would love to take part in a touring ride event (such as Coast to Coast or Tower to Tower). I also yearn to climb the classics in Europe (Tourmalet, Alpe d’Huez, Galibier etc.) although balancing my passion for cycling with the needs of a young family is a skill in itself!