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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

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