On my bike: Maxine Peake

We spoke to Maxine Peake, actress, writer of play Beryl about Leeds-born cyclist Beryl Burton and one of our 100 Women in Cycling 2021, about her cycling habits

Why do you cycle?

Because it’s fun!

How far do you ride each week?

About 150km.

Which of your bikes is your favourite?

My newest acquisition, which is my Pearson Minegoestoeleven.

What do you always take with you when cycling?

Plasters! A protein bar and lip balm. I put the lip balm on my cheeks because they get really wind burnt. And obviously my puncture kit.

Who mends your punctures?

To be honest, I’d have to say my partner.

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


Lycra or normal clothes?


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

I’d get myself a snazzy cycling top with socks to match.

What’s your favourite cycle journey?

Up to Tatton Park in Cheshire, through the park seeing all the deer, and then back through the Cheshire lanes.

What single thing would most improve matters for UK cyclists?

A better cycle network and more awareness from drivers of cyclists.