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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

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