Meet the pedElle riders: Alex Milne, 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’ve lived in London for the last 10 years, having moved here from New York to study urban regeneration and experience life as an expat. I’m now a Director at DP9, a planning consultancy that specialises in large and complex projects primarily in central London. I’ve been at DP9 for six years and in that time have seen the company grow significantly. I’ve been lucky to work on a range of projects including large-scale masterplans, tall buildings and mixed-use developments of all shapes and sizes and continue to advise on major schemes across London and the South East.
Have you done pedElle before?
I have! My first was the 2019 ride from Sienna to Rome.
What’s the one piece of advice you’d pass on to new riders?
Don’t be intimidated by the ride—everyone is so supportive and it’s so well organised that you’ll be absolutely fine (as long as you do your training).
How are you approaching training?
I think like many others I have struggled more than usual this year to get out on the bike given the lockdowns and general upheaval, but I discovered Zwift and have enjoyed getting into the racing and joining group rides where you can meet riders from all over the world. I’m lucky that my partner is also a keen cyclist so we do the occasional long ride together, although earlier in the year we adopted a bossy rescue dog who takes personal offence if we are gone for more than a few hours so the rides have been somewhat shorter than usual.
What are you most looking forward to about riding in Cumbria?
Experiencing a part of the country I’ve never seen. I’m originally from the States so most of my travel since I’ve lived here has taken me outside of the UK and around Europe, but I know that the Lakes will be beautiful and I’m looking forward to seeing it for myself.
What are you looking forward to least?
Can you promise that it won’t rain?
How are you connecting with other pedElle riders?
The WhatsApp group is a great resource to keep track of planning rides and how others are approaching their training, and trying to get along to the training rides.
How does the charity element of the ride keep you motivated?
Knowing that the outcome of the training and the ride itself is significant support for very worthwhile charities helps encourage me to keep at it, even when the weather is bad (which I’m sure won’t be the case in September…) or the hills are hard. This year in particular has shown how vital charities are in providing important and valuable services and I feel immensely proud and fortunate to be able to support them.