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Meet the riders: Jacky

How did you get into cycling ?

I am really more of a runner than a cyclist but I am definitely developing a growing love of cycling. I’ve always owned a bike of some description. I grew up in West London with four siblings and as kids we were always cycling in the park and I used to cycle to school with my sister. We used to ride round Hammersmith Broadway on the road despite promising my

Mum that we walked our bikes through the subways.

When I left school I lived in Cambridge for 3 years whilst studying Physiotherapy and everyone in Cambridge has a bike to get around and then when I started work I used to commute on my bike. My first introduction to competitive riding was when I entered a ‘Rowathlon’ with my son who is a rower, it’s a triathlon where the swim is replaced by an ‘erg’ stage. I enjoyed it so much that I bought an entry level road bike, started cycling more and ventured into the world of triathlons. More recently I have been giving Duathlon a go.

I do also use a turbo to train indoors and and have done some of the WTRL races on Zwift with the Bella Velos. My favourite place to ride is Mallorca, I love a good view and the roads are amazing - bring on the Waldy tour !

What’s your favourite place to cycle ?

In the UK the coast to coast along the Way of the Roses has some amazing scenery in the Yorkshire Dales and Wolds.

My biggest cycling achievement this year was competing in the Age Group Duathlon World Championships in Ibiza. I do enjoy competition and I find that entering competitive events gives me the motivation to train hard.

What’s your go to ride with the Waldy Wheelers ?

My go to ride with the WW is anywhere in the Surrey Hills, (I like hills), with a good coffee stop and preferably an indoor toilet! It’s the excellent Waldy company that makes the ride though.

What would you say to someone thinking of joining the Waldy Wheelers ?

I would 100% say do it. Everyone is so friendly and supportive and there are rides to suit

every rider. I’m so glad that I joined. Thank you to all the ride leaders, committee members, coaches and members who I have had the pleasure of riding with.

What do you do when you’re not cycling ?

When I’m not cycling I’m often running! I also spend a lot of time with friends and family and I look after my grandchildren on a regular basis. I share an allotment and I enjoy cooking and having friends over. I also like travelling, skiing and hiking.

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