Penny Moss is an Associate in the Planning Department at Montagu Evans and a ride sponsor of Legal & General Real Assets pedElle. Here she talks us through what she’s looking forward to about this year’s event…
When did you start cycling?
For some reason I never learnt to ride a bike as a child. It was not until 2006 when my boss at the time signed me up to cycle from London to Paris that I had to ditch the stabilisers which was a steep learning curve. In 2015 I bought my current bike, got some “grown-up” cycling shoes and started training with Njinga and since then haven’t looked back.
What bike do you ride?
Cube Axial WLS GTC Pro. The tone was set when I came off on my first outing (maybe I was a little hasty in ditching the stabilisers). Since then we’ve been through many scrapes / adventures together and both have scars as a result.
What do you enjoy most about cycling?
The freedom of being out on the open road, good company and sun on my back. The first two are guaranteed with pedElle and after the snow last year, fingers are crossed for some sun this year.
What’s your top training tip?
Don’t forget to stretch: flexibility and mobility are important. It’s not just about time spent on the bike (although this is obviously also vital).
What’s your favourite piece of cycling gear?
Socks, you can never have enough pairs of cycling socks. The challenge is going to be selecting which pairs to take on pedElle. I was going to count how many pairs I have but I ran out of fingers…
Have you ridden pedElle before?
This will be my third pedElle ride. I took part in Milan to Venice in 2014 and Salzburg to Venice in 2016 (the Epic One). As a pedElle veteran I have provided advice and support to other riders during training rides and hopefully allayed some fears / concerns.
What one piece of advice would you give to first time riders?
Don’t be daunted by the overall distance, each day is basically four short rides interspersed with coffee and food. There will always be people to talk to and the miles will fly by. The hills will be what they will be so it’s no use worrying about them, you will get up them. Good socks also help. Have I already mentioned socks?
What are you most looking forward to about pedElle 2017?
Getting to know the other riders, raising money for Coram and wearing my cycling socks.
Follow Penny’s pedElle adventures on Twitter at @HRHWhiskeyCAT.