When and how did you get into bike riding?
I’ve been riding from a young age – my family would pack up the car and go camping every year with the bikes in tow. I remember my first bike so clearly, but maybe not for the right reason. I was still learning to ride so I had my training wheels on and was riding around the backyard barefoot… can you see where this is going? My foot slipped and my big toe got jammed in the middle of the pedal. Screaming like a banshee, and my mum in a panic, it was lucky my dad was around to unscrew the pedal otherwise it would have been a very embarrassing trip to the emergency room… with a bike on my foot!
But as you can tell, this didn’t put me off bike riding!
In fact I travelled to South America in 2014 and completed Death Road in Bolivia – a 64km downhill gravel road on a mountain bike. And yes, it is called Death Road for the reason you are probably thinking – it is the deadliest road in the world and not hard to see why. The road is only 3 metres wide and you ride left side, which just happens to be cliff side, with cars, vans and trucks overtaking you. Nothing like a 600 metre plummet to your death to get the adrenaline going!
Since then, the bike rides have become more low key. Coastal riding being my favourite! We are quite spoilt here in Queensland where there are so many beautiful routes that hug the coastline and the beaches are stunning!