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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

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