Velorutionary - Lydia Thompson
What do you do for a living?
I’m a Beauty Editor for LOOK magazine.
What are you passionate about?
At the moment work, how sad! But I’ve just started a new job and I’m putting everything in to it. In my downtime I love to travel, I try to travel to at least three new places a year, greedy right? I’m always trying to nd new experiences too and learn as much as I can, from kayaking at night to bizarre new tness crazes, I like to try as much I can and pack it all in, it can sometimes be exhausting, I can’t help it I’m a yes person and I feel like life would be boring any other way.
How long have you been a cyclist?
Not very long, I’ve only had my bike a few months, before that I was using Boris bikes. The difference is unreal. I’ve always wanted a bike like this, so it’s a bit of a dream come true.
What bike are you riding now?
It’s called an Electra Loft. It was a gift from my boyfriend. He surprised me with it after I got home from a skiing trip, it was bitter sweet as I returned with a back injury so I couldn’t ride it for a two months. I named her Dorothy, so it’s like a Doris bike not a Boris, because she’s clearly a girl!
What appeals to you about cycling?
I love the freedom of it, the fun and how it brings out all those delicious childhood memories of being a kid, riding around causing trouble with my brother, cycling no hands and doing wheelies. It’s a very different story these days though I still love the bumps and whizzing down hills.
How often do you ride?
I ride about three or four times a week dependent on my schedule, mainly at the weekend. I’m riding more and more every day since I got my new bike.
What is your favourite cycle route or destination?
I love cycling around Battersea Park it’s been a great place to build up my confidence on the road and I’ve just started cycling to work as result of going there on the weekends and a er work. So I think that’s going to increase. My parents have a place in Formby, Liverpool right by the beach and cycling through the woods there is pretty cool. My all time favourite destination is Formentera, it’s a little island o the coast of Ibiza and you could probably cycle the entire island in about thirty minutes, there’s hardly any cars or people around and as it’s so small you just see sand dunes and sea, it’s so peaceful, you can hire bikes everywhere as soon as you get o the ferry so it’s kind of enforced.
Archived from Velorution Magazine issue 4