Jasmine (@jasmine_rodoreda) is our Reid Rider of the Month for May!
Jasmine is our Reid Rider of the Month for May on her Reid BLVD after catching our eye on Instagram with her beautiful photos of her adventures with her Reid as well as her amazing charity work. We caught up with Jasmine to find out a little bit more about her and her adventures on her BLVD…
My name is Jasmine, I’m 27, born and raised in Western Australia and I’m a geologist. I come from a big family of strong and independent women and am always trying my best to keep the family proud.
I really enjoy being outdoors and participating in activities such as cycling, hiking and swimming. My parents have always told me that I was their little garden fairy as a child because I spent all of my time in the backyard, playing in the grass and dirt. I guess that side of me never really left me because I now work on a dirty Iron Ore project in the Pilbara and I love it!
When and how did you get into bike riding?
I was first introduced to bike riding by my older sister Kirsten, she is extremely outdoorsy just like myself and I was feeling inspired by her long rides through the city and around the river. One day, when I was visiting, she let me take her bike for a ride up and down the street and from that moment I knew it was going to become a new passion of mine.
What made you choose the BLVD?
I remember shopping for my new bike and the appearance of the BLVD was something that really stood out for me, I loved the slim steel frame and slim wheels. I knew that I was looking for something that looked simple, yet still on the sporty side so when I found this bike, I fell in love. It is also really lightweight so it’s incredibly easy to transport.
Is this your first ‘Singlespeed’ style bike?
Yes, this is my first Singlespeed bike and I absolutely love it. When I ride I generally go to a very relaxed and peaceful state of mind so it’s great not having to fuss around with changing gears. I was surprised at how well the bike handles the inclines as well, it’s always such a smooth ride.
How has it treated you?
It has treated me so well! I’ve been riding up to 50km at a time and it has genuinely never given me any trouble.
What and where have you been with it?
I usually ride it along the coast in Perth, (north side) which is a beautiful scenic ride. There are quite a few hilly inclines along the way so it’s a nice little workout too and I have definitely noticed my fitness and cardiovascular strength increasing.
If I pull up for a quick coffee I tend to get a lot of people asking questions about the bike because it is so beautiful and chic looking.
We are aware that you are cycling for charity this month, how has that been?
Yes that is correct! I have been raising funds for children’s charity ToyBox Australia since February and I wanted to boost the funds raised so far so I created a fundraiser challenge.
The challenge involves cycling 1km for every $2 that was donated for 7 days and within that week I managed to raise $600, so I’m now riding 300km for charity! I have been loving every minute and I was so blown away by people’s generosity when it came to donating. I had a lot of old and new friends and even strangers donating.
ToyBox Australia is an incredible organisation which aims to help sick and disadvantaged children that may be living with illnesses such as cancer. It has been very humbling to be raising funds for them as I know all of the proceeds are going to help some beautiful children and their families.
Do you have any other future adventures planned?
At this stage I have roughly 100km left to ride out of the 300km, so I will finish that by my set date (May 19th), then possibly start a new fundraiser challenge.
I am also looking at participating in the Rottness Channel Swim 2022, after all since riding 300km, swimming 20km should be easy… right?
Finally, what advice would you give to those who are considering getting into cycling or perhaps have never tried it before?
I’d say just go for it! I was really wobbly when I first jumped on my sisters bike but with time, I became much more confident. My first few rides were around 10km and every time I ride it gets easier and easier. Many of my friends have told me they feel very inspired by the amount of kilometres that I ride but it really isn’t that difficult and I find it to be the best part of my day! The feeling after a big ride is indescribable so I’d absolutely recommend it to anyone considering getting into cycling.
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