I’m a cyclist. No surprises there. When I was 10 I wrote that happiness was cycling down hill and feeling the wind in my hair. Shortly afterwards I failed my cycling proficiency test; an inauspicious start to my life on two wheels. Undeterred, I spent the next year renovating my Ladies Triumph Tourer to a standard that I thought would place it among the worlds wonders. The restorative lengths to which I went astound me, to this day.
I progressed to a 5 speed, and then a 10, 12, 15, 21, 24, 27, and finally to my current 20 speed machine. Will I continue the downwards trend to 11? I’m thinking about it. As I journeyed through the different styles, gear ratios & frame types of the 80’s & 90’s, I discovered the remotest parts of the UK and Ireland, the joys of cycle camping and touring, and even a stint as a London cycle courier, before the pressures of working in a city, took hold.
My love of all things ‘bike’ re-emerged in 1999 when I was posted to Jakarta, Indonesia. I got hooked on mountain biking in the foothills to the volcanoes just beyond the city. In fact, so big was the hook, that in 2006 I decided to resign as a Geologist and set-up a Mountain bike touring company on the next door Island of Bali. So Bali Trailblazers was born.
After 5 years of trail blazing around Bali, I decided to return to the UK and, leaving my worn-out mountain bike to end it’s days out there, I returned to London, were there is a spectacular lack of mountains. I bought a road bike and joined the rapidly expanding throngs of lycra-clad roadies, but my heart was never quite in it and I found myself taking my bike on gravel paths and tracks, bridleways, and unsurfaced by-ways. I put 28” tyres on my bike and changed the derailleur and rear-cassette to a mountain bike spec (a sort of proto adventure road bike), and a smile returned to my face!
I am currently living in London, growing purple-sprouting, playing a gong in a Gamelan Orchestra and, of course, going on lots of Adventure road rides.