Velorutionary - Graham Gilmour
What do you do for a living?
I’m an Architect. When I make formal introductions, I say ‘Graham Gilmour: Architect, Chef, Long Distance Cyclist and Swimmer’. I think it paints a clearer picture. Currently I’m involved with a variety of projects, in London, ranging in scale from the Thames Tideway Tunnel infrastructure, to a sports facilities building in a West London park.
What are you passionate about?
As an architect, I care passionately about the physical world we live in. Every architect will tell you that they want to make a decent contribution to this environment. The experience of great places, great buildings and the sense of wellbeing that this engenders, is the fuel that motivates us.
How long have you been a cyclist?
I have been on and off bikes since I was a ‘wee boy’ in Scotland. About fifteen years ago, a friend mentioned the London to Brighton event. That threw me into a whole new world. Dozens of distance events later, I finally got serious about what I was actually riding and bought a great road bike, then another one again this year courtesy of Velorution.
What bike are you riding?
I happened to set eyes on the Schindelhauer Hektor and I knew right there and then that I wanted it. It’s a truly beautiful machine. I was further seduced by the paint job, a truly gorgeous ‘Aegean Blue’, so I bought it. It is said that the acceptable amount of bikes you are allowed to have is ‘N + 1’. I would agree with that. I see the bikes as being entirely complimentary.
What appeals to you about cycling?
The Exercise: The kick from the feeling of pushing yourself physically.
The Landscape: Getting out of London
The Liberation: No waiting – just go.
The Design: Bikes are a totally brilliant example of refined engineering.
How often do you ride?
Daily to work. Longer Sunday rides. An hour around the road circuit at the London Velopark midweek. (I do admit however that all this falls apart in the winter months).
What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?
The Prudential 100 ride from the Olympic Park down through Surrey is out of this world. All the roads are closed to traffic and the experience is a cyclist's dream. Brighton is a great destination, arriving down from a climb over the South Downs. I cycle long-winded routes connecting my home in Dalston with my office in Southwark.
My ultimate goal is London to Athens. One day I'll do it.
Archived from Velorution Magazine issue 4