Meet the pedElle riders: Georgina Redpath, DP9
We're really looking forward to pedElle 2021, bringing together women in property after a two-year hiatus. Our generous sponsors are helping to make this year's Cumbrian-based event really special, and we're talking to some of their riders to find out what they're most looking forward to about this year's event, along with some of their top tips.
Tell us a little bit about you and your job role
I’m a Senior Planner at DP9, a specialist Town Planning consultancy, which means that on day-to-day basis I work with developers and their project teams to help steer new development proposals through the planning system. My work involves being engaged in all stages of a development project, from initial feasibility studies, to submitting planning application and right through to the implementation and delivery stage. I love working on large masterplans but also enjoy getting into the finer detail on smaller scale projects.
Have you done pedElle before?
I was lucky enough to join the 2019 pedElle edition in Italy, which was my first foray into cycling as a total newbie. I’m pleased to say I’ve improved somewhat as a rider since then.
If yes, what’s the one piece of advice you’d pass on to new riders?
I can’t pick one so my top 3 tips are: to eat more than you thing you need to on ride, get to spin classes as they are a time-effective way of increasing fitness and strength, and remember that it is supposed to be fun!
How are you approaching training?
All the social occasions that didn’t happen last year are now hampering training, so my approach is to get miles in on my daily commute, get to spin class, and ensure there are hills in any weekend ride. Hill training is a must!
What are you most looking forward to about riding in Cumbria?
Forget Cumbria, I’m most excited to ride in my home county of Lancashire on Day 2. It is so green and beautiful and has a special place in my heart. I can’t wait for everyone else to see it for themselves.
What are you looking forward to least?
The cramp in my hands I will inevitably get from my death grip on the descents.
How are you connecting with other pedElle riders?
The occasional training ride and following others on Strava.
How does the charity element of the ride keep you motivated?
Riding for the charities Club Peloton supports reminds me of how lucky I am to have both the physical ability to be able to cycle and the secure upbringing I had which has led me to being a professional in the property industry, with the opportunity to take part in this event. Not everyone is so fortunate and being able to help support the charities will make any hardship of the event and training worthwhile.