Velorutionary - Marc Simon
What do you do for a living?
I run an independent dental surgery supply and maintenance company, and have done since 1988.
What are you passionate about?
My passions are often competing for maximum exposure. I am a very keen and pretty useful cook. I like to shop for good and, when possible, interesting and locally sourced ingredients from Farmers’ Markets then go cook up a storm. When
I refurbished my home I spent a decent amount of time designing the kitchen space, choosing the most suitable and practical appliances to give me longevity. My other passion is music – I can’t play a note, but I have a somewhat eclectic taste, I’ll go see a band, a gig or an orchestra as often as possible. Brighton is blessed with numerous venues and a very vibrant music scene.
How long have you been a cyclist?
I’ve been cycling recreationally for ages and completed a few duathlons and at least three London to Brighton rides in more recent years.
What bike are you riding now?
A Dutch masterpiece that rolls along by the name of Van Nicholas.
What appeals to you about cycling?
The low impact on my ageing body, while being able to keep up some level
of fitness. The chance to go and explore the countryside and spaces that I would never otherwise go to, and to connect with nature. To see and smell the seasons as you ride through the country lanes and take in the view – more readily available in the slow lane than from the driving seat of any vehicle. To ride with others (my girlfriend is a keen cyclist) and chat as we pedal is also such fun. We share moments, smells, scenery, and the occasional pub garden.
How often do you ride?
I try to get out every weekend to either the Preston Park velodrome (the oldest
in the country, I hear) with my local tri club, or for a good long ride on a Sunday, around forty miles.
What is your favourite cycle route or destination?
The byways of East and West Sussex at the moment, but having not long returned from a cycling holiday on the island of Majorca, I must say, that’s really high up there, but not so readily accessible.