On my bike: Janet Atherton

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On my bike: Janet Atherton

We spoke to Janet Atherton, chair of Cycling UK’s Board of Trustees, about her cycling habits

Why do you cycle?

Fun and relaxation. My social life now pretty much revolves around cycling. 

How far do you ride each week?

Depends on the weather. In winter, 10-20 miles. In summer, more like 75-100.

Which of your bikes is your favourite?

I have one bike: a Hewitt steel tourer that does just about everything I want, from shopping to cycling across the country.

What do you always take with you? 

Some would say the kitchen sink but I would say the bare essentials!

Who mends your punctures?

I’ve got really good touring tyres so very rarely get punctures, which is just as well as they are a pain to get on and off.

It’s raining: bike, public transport, or car?

Like others, I’m not making many journeys right now but there is something special about getting thoroughly soaked on a bike.

Lycra or normal clothes?

I may need to whisper this but I find lycra most comfortable.

If you had £100 to spend on cycling, what would you get?

I’d put it towards a cycling adventure. 

What’s your favourite cycle journey? 

My formula for an enjoyable ride is: company, tea, tarmac, toilets. 

What would most improve matters for UK cyclists?

Safe, attractive, interconnected routes that are accessible to everyone and make riding a bike or walking the most convenient option for short journeys.

Road     Women
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