Claire just joined the Everyone Bikes team and we couldn't be happier. We asked her 6 quick questions to learn a little more about her background and cycle experience. READ UP!
1. Where are you originally from?
I'm Kent born and bred.
2. How long have you been in London?
About 10 years.
3. What is your earliest memory of riding a bike?
As a young child - I guess 4 or 5... I remember cycling straight into a rose bush as soon as my Dad let go of the back!
4. How and when did you get into cycling?
In 2011. I had done London to Brighton for charity in 2010 and loved it - so in 2011 I signed up for London to Paris and ended up as the only woman in the fast group.
5. What are your favourite cycling events that you have participated in?
I did the Etape Caledonia in 2011 in the run up to Paris, but only as it was 80 miles on closed roads in beautiful scenery! I am more about touring than racing (although I have to admit I get competitive on my commute)!
6. What can you tell us about being a woman in the cycling industry?
When I first started calling myself a cyclist I remember wondering why so few women cycle, and why more women don't do any bike maintenance! I have found cycling confidence building, freeing, fitness building, not to mention a great money saver, and am now very glad to be joining a shop which is part of making everyday cycling more accessible to women of all sectors of society - not just lycra clad racers but all communities and generations.