On my bike: Laura Winter

Sports presenter and commentator Laura Winter
We spoke to sports presenter, commentator, and one of last year’s 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 into one. When riding a bike, I feel a sense of child-like 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 inner tube, 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.