MK Customer Spotlight June 2019
What bike(s) do you have?
I have 2 bikes both from the inimitable MK - My Colnago Romaro is about 12 years old but is as good as new having been pimped at least once by Ryan. I use it occasionally for shorter rides and triathlons and my daughter uses it a bit as she is looking to get into triathlon too.
It will also be used by a work colleague for the Manchester to Blackpool in July - spread the love I say!
My second bike is a Genesis Equlibrium 10 (steel frame). I saw it at MK and just had to have it!! It’s got a great retro look and the colour scheme is classic. They only made a few of these much to Ryan’s dismay. It is more or less his lifetime ambition to have a bike like mine but he just can’t find one and he can’t have mine because a) it’s not for sale and b) I am very short and it’s too small for him. So unlucky Ryan - keep looking and who knows, you could join this exclusive Genesis Equilibrium 10 club!
When did you start cycling?
I started cycling in the 80s on a beat up old road bike when at University in Leeds when I was recovering from a back problem that kept me out of other sport. I think that bike fell apart as did my body and it wasn’t until around 2005 and a long haul back from spinal surgery that a friend suggested that I get a bike on the NHS cycle to work scheme and that you could get one from a place called MK Cycles on Tonge Moor Rd. The rest as they say .....is history!
How often do you cycle?
I ride once or sometimes twice a week, anything from 20- 70 miles. I have done the odd Sportive and have been to Belgium a few times, most notably the Tour of Flanders sportiv which was a lot of fun cobbles and all! I also do some running and swimming and were it not for an unfortunate brush with Shingles would have done the Horwich Triathlon a few weeks ago-next year!!
Where do you cycle?
Obviously, the cycling near us in Bolton is excellent and no shortage of hills to challenge us. When I first got into longer cycling I used to go up to The Trough of Trowden near Burnley which is spectacularly beautiful and also very steep in parts. Then there was an 89 mile ride to Box Hill in Surrey ( was only meant to be 60 but my navigation isn’t what it should be!!)
Do you have any goals you would like to achieve this year?
My current goal is the Land’s End to John O’Groats ‘Ride Across Britain’ in September which I am doing to raise money for Cancer Research UK in memory of my sister in law who tragically died nearly 2 years ago from a very aggressive form of cancer.
The ride takes 9 days, meaning 100- 118 miles per day and camping each night. This constitutes a major undertaking for me and a great deal more training in the coming months.
However, it will, I think, be the best thing I have ever done if I can manage it.
I should also mention that I am technically clueless with bike mechanics but having been on one of Ryan’s maintenance courses I am much better equipped to have a go at some basic running repairs.
I am enormously grateful to both Laura and Ryan for their unfailing encouragement and help with both the bike and fundraising elements of this project as well as their blind faith that I can do this!!
Laura and Ryan