Meet the pedElle riders: Helen Marsh, Forsters LLP
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 residential property lawyer, and a partner at Forsters.
Have you done pedElle before:
Yes – twice before. The flat one (in Denmark/Germany) and the beautiful one (in Italy).
If yes, what’s the one piece of advice you’d pass on to new riders?
Leave the pannier and D-lock behind, and clip your feet in!
How are you approaching training?
I’m pretty scared of all the hills on this ride, so I’ve been doing a lot of hill repeats. I’m often seen in Richmond Park, going up and down the hill by Robin Hood Gate, like a hamster on a wheel. I've also been taking our new puppy out for rides with me (see images below).
What are you most looking forward to about riding in Cumbria?
What are you looking forward to least?
The 3,000m of climbing on day 3.
How are you connecting with other pedElle riders?
Rides out in Surrey with Penny and her followers.
How does the charity element of the ride keep you motivated?
I really love cycling, and pedElle. Spending all this time (away from my family) for training, and for the event itself, feels a bit selfish so it is so good to know that we are bringing about some good too.