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  • Velorutionaries - Tracy Griffith

    What do you do for a living?

    Sushi chef, artist, writer. I travel the world as sushi chef, promoting my sushi cookbooks, and my innovative sushi and wraps made in the US (newgemfoods. com). I’m also a resin painter, including animal skulls & horns, with my first London show coming up this fall at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery.

    What are you passionate about?

    Travelling and tasting local cuisine, and learning from other chefs how to cook it. I collect beautiful knives, crockery, and utensils. Art, music, my dog and my husband.

    How long have you been a cyclist?

    I’ve ridden bikes since I was seven years old. Not sure that makes me a proper cyclist, but I now look like one on my Velorution bike! Does that count?

    What bike are you riding?

    A stunning Schindelhauer Frieda. It’s a lightweight aluminium bike in a natural pure nish with a brown leather saddle and matching grips. The bike has a carbon belt instead of a greasy chain so it’s much cleaner and easier to ride.

    What appeals to you about cycling?

    Freedom!
    The joy of speed and the feeling of flying. My Schindelhauer bicycle makes it so easy because it’s brilliantly designed and engineered. It’s the one of most beautiful bikes out there.

    How often do you ride?

    As often as London weather permits. I’m not a winter warrior, if the weather is cold and miserable I prefer not to cycle.

    What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

    Richmond Park, Hyde Park, and heading west on the beautiful Thames path along the river out to the countryside.

    Published from Velorution Magazine Issue 5

  • Velorutionaries - Valerie Leipheimer

    What do you do for a living?

    I’m a tax lawyer, and currently act as Head of Tax and Transfer Pricing for
    a fund manager based principally in Bermuda. I work in our London offices in Marylebone.

    What are you passionate about?

    I’ve always been passionate about art and dance. These days find myself becoming more and more political. I am currently fiercely passionate about women’s rights. I have recently organized a women’s forum within my company, and have been exploring initiatives aimed at ensuring that women are more broadly represented on the boards of public companies.

    How long have you been a cyclist?

    In terms of cycling regularly, really only a couple of years, though I have fond memories of weekend bike rides to the beach in LA with my dad when I was little. My bike then was a shimmering ice blue Nishiki, which my aunt and uncle gave me as a bat mitzvah present. I think it is still in my sister’s garage somewhere. I decided to pick up a bike again about 6 years ago, when I returned to work after my second son was born. I couldn’t face the tube, and loved the idea of being able to squeeze in some exercise during my daily commute.

    What bike are you riding?

    A Schindelhauer Frieda. I was principally looking for something lightweight, and it was love at first sight when I spotted this one. Not only can I pick her up with one hand, but she rides beautifully, and is just stunningly designed - a perfect marriage of modern and classic.

    What appeals to you about cycling?

    I love the feeling of freedom it gives me, and the chance to spend time outside before I need to hole up in my office all day. The additional exercise it gives me each day is an added bonus!

    How often do you ride?

    Usually 5 days a week, unless something comes up—cycling is my main means of commuting to work, pretty much rain or shine. I even managed to ride throughout the winter, only missing one day due to a freezing sleet storm. I have since upped my winter glove game, so am hoping not to get caught out next winter!

    What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

    Since I’m really just a weekday cyclist, I do the same route every day, from Islington to Marylebone. It’s not a bad route, since it takes me around Regents Park’s Outer Circle. During the summer, if I leave work early enough, I can even see the giraffes at the London Zoo roaming around their enclosure, which is a real treat.

    Published from Velorution Magazine Issue 5

  • Velorutionaries - Tracy Noble

    What do you do for a living?

    I just turned 60 and decided to retire and enjoy my life.

    What are you passionate about?

    My main passion in life is my grandchildren, and keeping fit and healthy it’s a sure way to have the energy to keep up with them, and then in time hopefully introduce them to cycling.

    How long have you been a cyclist?

    I used to cycle to school on my small wheeled RSW Raleigh bike when I was younger, my dad always encouraged me as he was a keen cyclist. Then I went on holiday to Switzerland and was bowled over by how much I enjoyed cycling again and took to it like a duck to water as they say!

    What bike are you riding?

    A beautiful hand-made Retrovelo bicycle that I bought from Velorution Marylebone.

    What appeals to you about cycling?

    Cycling is wonderful exercise. I have a dog and often after a long walk I put him in the basket and we zoom around Hyde Park with this ears apping, I am sure he is smiling and then we stop for a well earned coffee break.

    How often do you ride?

    I try to cycle early in the morning before the traffic, or late every evening when London is still calmer. Every weekend I go for a long ride with my good friend Lynne, we cover a lot of miles and come home exhausted!

    What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

    My favourite place is Switzerland, I lived there and that’s when my passion for cycling was reignited, but now I live close to Hyde Park so we warm up there first before heading out to Richmond Park, which is great. We have cycled along the coast in Essex and Dorset.

    Published from Velorution Magazine Issue 5

  • Velorutionaries - Sarit Lesnik Oberstein

    What do you do for a living?

    I’m an eye surgeon at London Optegra Eye Hospital in Marylebone. I have been a consultant for 14 years, and trained at Moorfields.

    What are you passionate about?

    Lots of things including politics, the environment, recycling and a bit more fairness in the world. I teach my son how to recycle by not wasting anything where possible, and not to over- consume. I don’t own a car and cycle everywhere; if I need to use a car I am part of a car share arrangement.

    How long have you been a cyclist?

    Having Dutch origins, I have cycled all my life, it’s part of our culture. I used to cycle 26km each day to work, it’s normal there. I have lived all over the world, and always choose cycling as my main form of transport wherever possible.

    What bike are you riding?

    I am riding a Momentum Electric bicycle, which I use everyday around London. I have attached a Dutch style pillow and foot guard so my son can sit on the back of the bike to go to school. My son is 7 years old so he’s getting a little heavy now, even with the power assist!

    What appeals to you about cycling?

    Cycling is easy and clean, I travel to different clinics around London so this means I can be there faster and, at the same time, get some exercise.

    How often do you ride?

    Everyday, as much as possible from my commute, to shopping, to the school run.

    What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

    I love cycling in Holland because it’s easy. When you cycle somewhere that protects cyclists it is so much more enjoyable. However there is a lovely cycle patch on my London commute, through Hampstead Heath and Alexandra Palace.

    Published from Velorution Magazine Issue 5

  • Velorutionaries - Sam Finney

    What do you do for a living?

    I’m a freelance photographer and cameraman. You can check out my work at www.sam-finney.com.

    What are you passionate about?

    I’m passionate about film and photography mainly, but cycling is up there too. I think that’s one of the appeals of Temple Cycles; not only do they build practical bicycles, but they also have a keen eye for design and visual assets; their photography is always great, and the products they sell are extremely photogenic.

    How long have you been a cyclist?

    I’ve been cycling for approximately 21 of my 26 years alive.

    What bike are you riding?

    A custom Temple Cycles, built by Matt, and utilising some specialist components from various sources. You won’t see another one like it, which is nice.

    What appeals to you about cycling?

    It’s a bit of a cliché, but cycling truly does give you a sense of freedom, whether it’s on a daily commute or a pleasure cruise. You also get to see parts of the world (both hometown or abroad) which you’d never see otherwise.

    How often do you ride?

    Whenever I leave the house, which is most days.

    What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

    I’ve done a couple of longer tours, one to Berlin and one to Biarritz. The south- west coast of France is excellent for cycling – winding paths through pine forests, alongside glorious beaches. Central Germany was good too – an example of seeing parts of the world you’d never see otherwise, and some strange people.

    Published from Velorution Magazine Issue 5

  • Velorutionaries - Richard de Carteret

    What do you do for a living?

    I am a VFX supervisor and compositor at The Mill. I mainly work on commercials and music videos, advising agencies and directors from the storyboard stage to air date.

    What are you passionate about?

    I love, and have always loved, anything to do with bikes and helicopters right from an early age. Learning to fly was something I just needed to prove to myself, but cycling is part of my everyday life.

    How long have you been a cyclist?

    Since school age. I was lucky enough to grow up in Jersey when it was lot safer to cycle on the roads, so if I wasn’t cycling to school I was out on my bike with my friends.

    What bike are you riding?

    I ride a Black single speed ColourBolt designed and built by the wonderful Jay Pond Jones and his team. Jay was creative director on an ad I worked on, and during that time we discovered our mutual love of bikes. After a quick visit to see the range of bikes he had already designed it took me about a minute to be convinced to buy one. This is a bike you never sell.

    What appeals to you about cycling?

    It’s the only thing that consistently keeps me fit. Most of my job warrants me sitting down for long periods of time, and going to the gym isn’t always an option, but cycling home at the end of a hard day is a great stress reliever: it saves me from the joy of staring at someone’s arm pit on the tube!

    How often do you ride?

    I ride everyday from West London to work and back, and as much as I can at the weekend. I have always encouraged my two boys to cycle, which makes getting the whole family out easier.

    What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

    After a full week on the busy city roads my eldest and I like to get into the country. We’ve enjoyed Burnham beeches and Black Park but are always looking for new places to explore.

    Published from Velorution Magazine Issue 5

  • Velorutionaries - Lynne Warrington

    What do you do for a living?

    I work in the wellness and aesthetics industry, managing a business based in central London.

    What are you passionate about?

    I work long hours, so value my free time; I am particularly keen on outdoor sports and really enjoy tennis, walking, swimming and cycling.

    How long have you been a cyclist?

    I used to cycle all the time when I was younger. I had a Raleigh Chopper bike that I rode to school and back. At weekends I would go on long cycling trips with all my friends. Recently I was reintroduced to cycling, by my friend Tracy, whilst away on holiday. It is only fairly recently that I have taken up cycling again; I encourage everyone who is thinking about cycling to get out there, and give it a go.

    What bike are you riding?

    I bought a lightweight Electra Loft bicycle from Velorution, Marylebone. It comes with 7 gears, and is fitted with a rack and mudguards ready to go.

    What appeals to you about cycling?

    My work life is quite stressful, so I love the freedom of cycling, it’s a wonderful way to clear my head and escape from the office, taking in the sights and sounds of your surroundings. I find it very exhilarating.

    How often do you ride?

    I try to cycle as much as possible since purchasing my new bike. I cycle to work and back a few days a week, and then go for a longer bike ride at weekends, around Hyde Park, Battersea Park and down the river.

    What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

    The Lake District, which is beautiful. You are spoilt for choice, there are so many country lanes and cycleways, all with fantastic views along the way.

    Published from Velorution Magazine Issue 5

  • Velorutionaries - Liza Draper

    What do you do for a living?

    I am a university lecturer of Food and Public Health at Westminster University.

    What are you passionate about?

    Books, bikes and swimming in the sea. I like most kinds of fiction, but when
    I’m feeling a bit stressed I resort to old favourites, especially Lord Peter Wimsey, even though he doesn’t ride a bicycle, but drives a Bentley called Mrs Merdle. My favourite bicycle book is Third Policeman by Flan O’Brian. If his mollycule theory is right, then I am part bicycle.

    How often do you ride?

    Pretty much every day. I do a weekly commute from the Isle of Wight with
    my Brompton: it comes with me on the train and ferry. I swim here, in the sea, and it is gorgeous. Cycling to Freshwater Bay for a swim is one of my favourite things. In a moment of madness I have signed up to swim the Solent for Charity - the Brompton won’t be coming with me.

    How long have you been a cyclist?

    Pretty much all my life. Since I got my funny little bike with stabiliser wheels when I was about four I have never stopped.

    What bike are you riding?

    Well I have quite a few bikes, including a pre First World War Edwardian sit up and beg beautiful ladies bike, and some road bikes. My main bike now is probably the beautiful Brompton that I bought from Velorution. It is perfect and I love it.

    What appeals to you about cycling?

    The freedom, the fun, and being outside even when it is raining. My job is mainly inside, whether in a classroom or in my office hunched over the computer, so at the end of the day I love getting on bike and having a good ride home.

     

    What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

    Cycling from Yarmouth to Freshwater on the Isle of Wight, down the old railway track by the river Yar.

    Published from Velorution Magazine Issue 5

  • Velorutionaries - Kevin Kimber

    What do you do for a living?

    I work in technology, and having spent the past fifteen years starting and scaling software businesses, I decided to start my own Advisory company working with start up and early stage technology companies to help them launch and scale. I spend my week working with some of the most innovative new companies advising them on strategy, and meeting with investors. I also work with a couple of charities that are focused on inspiring the next wave of entrepreneurs by going into schools, colleges and universities to talk about all things business.

    What are you passionate about?

    I am passionate about technology and its role in disrupting existing industries for the good of enterprise and society.

    How long have you been a cyclist?

    I have been a cyclist since I was able to walk. In my teens and twenties I was a very keen mountain biker, however as I’ve got a little older I more typically ride in the country lanes or on towpaths near where I live with my wife and daughter, hunting out new pubs to stop in. I also use my bike for commuting to and from the station as my work is typically in London.

    What bike are you riding?

    I am the very proud owner of a Pashley Speed 3, which is a limited edition launched to celebrate Pashley’s 90th Anniversary. It’s matt black and is great fun to ride.

    What appeals to you about cycling?

    Cycling is a great way to keep fit whilst doing something that I really enjoy. For me cycling tends to be less about the destination and more about the ride, and what I see on the way.

    How often do you ride?

    Most days to the station and then longer rides in the evenings and weekends.

    What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

    My favourite cycle route is from my home along the canal to one of the many good pubs in either direction.

    Published from Velorution Magazine Issue 5

  • Velorutionaries - Elsie Martins

    What do you do for a living?

    I work at BBC Radio 4, working closely with radio production teams from all areas and genres. Scheduling all the variant parts together in a cohesive way is a big task, and I really love being at the centre of the jigsaw puzzle. The Radio 4 schedule is so diverse, it is endlessly fascinating.

    What are you passionate about?

    I’m an avid sound enthusiast and field recordist, and have an absolute passion for sound design. As a sound artist I am always looking for interesting soundscapes, and I am eager to capture atmospheres. I often record my rides, especially my morning commute. I find the bike’s mechanical rhythm combines perfectly with the varying city soundscape, embracing the array of locations you can ride through, from a gentle canal ride to the madness of the city centre traffic whizzing past you.

    How long have you been a cyclist?

    I’ve been cycling to work for a quite few years now, and I absolutely love it. London is an old city with higgledy- piggledy streets, narrow lanes are challenging and the bus lane is also often the cycle lane and the parking lane all at once. In central London cyclists need their wits about them. I plan my cycle route so that I use quieter streets and residential areas. I whizz passed quieter areas with pretty inner city squares, avoiding busy junctions for the most part, until I can get to dedicated cycle lanes.

    What bike are you riding?

    I ride a Brompton limited edition nickel, and it is wonderful. The flexibility of a fold up means I can ride anywhere and just carry the bike with me, pop it under a table, at my desk, in a café, at the pub. My bike follows me everywhere.

    What appeals to you about cycling?

    There’s definitely a cathartic element to riding. Whether it’s a commute through quiet London streets at the crack of dawn, or a stress relief at the end of a busy day. There’s nothing like it. Not to mention saving time and money on your commute, and getting t. It’s a no brainer. Nothing beats it for me.

    How often do you ride?

    I ride every day! I commute to work in the week come rain or shine and I’ll often go for a ride at the weekends.

    What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?
    I love to cycle by the canal, near Hackney marshes, or by the Stoke Newington reservoirs. It’s very peaceful and you forget the busy roads and mad traffic.

    Published from Velorution Magazine Issue 5

  • Velorutionaries - Deborah Connolly

    What do you do for a living?

    I’m a student at UCL. I’m just about to start my master’s year reading Natural Sciences, majoring in Cell Biology.

    What are you passionate about?

    Obviously my studies, which I like to consider unravelling the mysteries of life! I’m also passionate about sailing, which has been central to large majority of my life. Recently my family completed an Atlantic crossing to the Caribbean, now we have either the way back to look forward to, or just continue all the way around!

    How long have you been a cyclist?

    I’ve been cycling since I was a toddler! I won’t let my Dad live down taking off my stabilisers when I was three - apparently he didn’t want the hassle of putting them back on... (I’m obviously very hard done by). Many holidays have been spent cycling, from mountain biking in the Alps in tours from the UK, to Greece and Denmark.

    What bike are you riding?

    I have the Gazelle Tour Populair, which was my 21st birthday present. It’s a classic Dutch bike, with all the features - from dynamo to an in-built rear wheel lock, and of course the Brooks saddle.

    What appeals to you about cycling?

    I enjoy the ease and freedom travelling around London by bicycle. Most of the time it is quicker to cycle around London than any other means of transport.

    How often do you ride?

    I ride almost every day, mainly to and from university. However wherever I’m off to I want to take my bike!

    What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

    I like to do one long cycle per week, usually at the weekends, where I’ll head from Camden down to Wandsworth, along the river on the cycle “superhighway” (a bright blue cycle lane...). Cycling around Cambridge is also great. I hope with London becoming more cycle-friendly, it will be something that Cambridge soon emulates too.

    Published from Velorution Magazine Issue 5

  • Velorutionaries - Andrew Davidson

    What do you do for a living?

    Partner with PDP London, an Architectural Practice with offices in London and Hong Kong, and director with Sustainability Consultants Eight Associates.

    PDP’s public projects in London include Duke of York Square in Chelsea, the Saatchi Gallery, concert venue Cadogan Hall, and the 5 star hotel 45 Park Lane. Current commissions include a new hotel

    What are you passionate about?

    Transforming spaces and places through great design to create “Architecture that Matters”. I’m a life long cycling enthusiast and like to ride everywhere, taking the opportunity to vary my route and explore new places along the way.

    How long have you been a cyclist?

    I’ve always ridden daily to school, uni or work, and started “road riding” about 12 years ago. I ride with friends in south London, and with the property industry fundraising charity “Club Peloton”.

    What bike are you riding?

    Strida Evo. The bike projects individuality, non-conformity, radical thinking, a different approach to design. And life. I first saw the Strida on the BBC TV programme ‘Tomorrow’s World’ in the 1980’s and have always admired its innovation and simplicity. I like the fact that it looks radically different to a traditional bike, but is great for commuting. I appreciate the fact that the Strida can be folded and wheeled along, rather than being “lugged around”. Lots of people ask what it is, and comment saying they like it or think it’s “cool”

    What appeals to you about cycling?

    The ease and convenience of being able to zip across town, combined with the opportunity to work some exercise and mental “down time” into the day. It’s a great way to clear the mind and “reset”. I’m too restless for meditation!

    How often do you ride?

    Pretty much every day. I commute between home in Herne Hill and the architectural practice in Chelsea, also visiting the environmental team in Southwark. Like my bike, my route’s often a big triangle! At weekends I ride a carbon road bike, and take on challenges like the 1450km “Club Peloton” Cycle to MIPIM”. This year I did the Tour of Flanders sportive and am doing the Étape.

    What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

    I love zipping round the West End, providing there’s not too much squeezing through traffic. Further afield, it has to be dramatic mountains or coast; Chapmans Peak Drive at dawn is hard to beat.

    Published from Velorution Magazine Issue 5

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