On my bike: Laura Winter

On my bike: Laura Winter

We spoke to sports presenter, commentator, and one of last years' 100 Women in Cycling, Laura Winter about life behind handlebars.

Why do you cycle?

For coffee and cake! Nothing makes me as happy as cycling. It is freedom, joy, ecstasy, and agony all rolled in to one. When riding a bike, I feel a sense of childlike glee. I love how far you can ride, the beautiful roads you discover, the leg-sapping climbs, and how social the sport is.

How far do you ride each week?

I try to ride around 150-200km a week, mainly on the road, or on Zwift if the weather is bad.

Which of your bikes is your favourite?

I only have one, sadly! My Canyon Ultimate is my baby. I’d love to get a town bike too.

What do you always take with you when cycling?

An innertube, pump, tyre levers, Rawvelo gel and bar, my Garmin, and a smile.

Who mends your punctures?

I try to but often others in my club jump in to help.

It’s raining: bike, public transport, or car?

For safety, car or public transport.

Lycra or normal clothes?

Lycra. I get too competitive riding my bike!

If you had £100 to spend on cycling, what would you get?

A good rain cape. It might encourage me to ride more when it’s wet!

What’s your favourite cycle journey?

The Gorges de la Nesque in France. The views are incredible.

What single thing would most improve matters for UK cyclists?

Road infrastructure and driver attitudes.

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