My love of cycling has grown and grown since I was a little girl. That day my stabilisers came off and my Dad documented me flying into Mum’s beautiful flower bed at full speed, on his over sized, ‘I weigh more than a small child’ 1980’s video camera. Very much like those flowers, (well not so much when I completely crushed them) my love for cycling just blossomed.

When I lost my driving license after being diagnosed with epilepsy 4 years ago, I felt a little bit lost. Even though my car was simply my pottering about companion, I had lost a huge element of my independence and the freedom to go as and when I wanted. That was when I spent £50 and purchased an old stool 1992 Raleigh bike in a deep purple colour, that I decided to name, for no reason at all, Gertie. Me and Gertie had a wonderful little time for a while but she was old, clunky and my gosh did I hate tackling hills with her. That is when my husband decided he would build me a road bike.

I’ll never forget the day I got that bike and we decided to ride about it in the car park to our flat. I had this amazing triathlon bike by Quintana Roo which of course I named, (like I do everything) called Roo-Roo. Today that bike is with me and we have covered many miles including my first triathlon. In fact if I hadn’t lost my licence I may not of gained this surge in cycle passion…

Fast forwarding to present day, and my husband tagged me in a article shared on Facebook about becoming a Pearl Izumi Champion. The idea was that those with a passion for cycling could apply to become a member of their exclusive team! To start I was hesitant because even though I like to cycle I’m actually not competitive with it, which I’m sure those of you reading this who know me, will be fully aware that isn’t like me! For some reason with cycling I am just a leisurely cyclist who enjoys a good cycle with some sort of cafe related destination.

None the less I applied, made the cut and was off to Milton Keynes to Madison HQ to meet the rest of my Pearl Izumi Champion family! Armed with my Roo Roo, and my husband we went to the Pearl Izumi Champion Day! Signing in on the big board like cyclist do before a race, I started to feel a little bit intimidated. I love cycling but I’m not amazing… I just enjoy it! Some of these people look pretty expert… I suddenly started to wonder if I was the right fit. 

We had a great introduction giving an insight into what the brand is about why we were there. It was nice to hear some of the big stories of why some people had been chosen, and sitting there I felt quite honoured to have been picked. I started to relax and realise they’d chosen a variety of people, which  made me feel really happy! 

After the presentations, the networking and tea sipping, we got given our exclusive Pearl Izumi Champion kit. I was, and am still in love with it. Fit like a glove and felt amazing! I was so excited to pop it on and go out for a ride with the team. All the ladies had the same and all the men had the same, and seeing us all stood together really was absolutely awesome. It was such an honour to be wearing this kit with all these fellow Champions! 

We headed out on our assorted bike rides to try out our kit. From those who were super speedy to those who like a leisurely pace, it was a great way to finish off our meet up. To be honest it was nice having some easy-going cycle friends to go out with. I have since been out in my kit and I’ve felt so good wearing it! I’m looking forward to our next meet up, and obviously by all means have a look at my YouTube vlog for a more ‘in action’ video – including cycle footage! 



  1. kevin Luther
    April 25, 2017 / 4:31 am

    Nice blog. I would like to share it with my friends. I hope you will continue your works like this .Keep up the excellent work. You have a magical talent of holding readers mind. That is something which cant be given to all by god . Keep it safe 🙂

  2. lisa prince
    April 26, 2017 / 10:52 am

    wow weldone you i bet it was soo rewarding to see the finish line

  3. Melanie Williams
    April 26, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    Wow this looks brill! Really would like to give this a go…

  4. Gareth Torrance
    April 26, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    Wow! I've not been cycling in years! But this looks like so much fun! I really should pick it up again! Congrats on the finish!

  5. Elodie
    April 26, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    That looks amazing! I only got my driving licence last year and I do miss riding my bike now. I used to ride my beach cruiser everywhere so maybe I'll start doing it again this summer – although I doubt I'll end up in a race with such a bike. Haha! x

  6. Alison Rost
    April 26, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    Look at you go! I love it. Bike riding is the best .. nothing like the wind in your hair and being able to enjoy the day. We're lucky to live in a place were there are wonderful trails and during the warmer months I take full advantage.

  7. Melanies Fab Finds
    April 26, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    Wow congratulations on being one of the people selected. It sounds like you really do have a great passion for cycling. I would love to take it up when my little one is bigger.

  8. Rhian Westbury
    April 27, 2017 / 8:34 am

    I had no idea you had epilepsy, there's a silver lining with everything isn't there. I'm ashamed to admit that I never learnt to ride a bike x

  9. Hannah Latoya Bond
    April 27, 2017 / 9:09 am

    Your kit looks really nice and colorful. Thanks for sharing

  10. Joanna Davis
    April 27, 2017 / 9:22 am

    Your story reminded me how I bought my first bike (I don't have a driving license yet) from ebay, a white old one for £50 as well. I named him (it was definitely a him) Billy and he took me everywhere for over a year, until the breaks snapped and with a hard heart, I had to sell him and buy a new bike.

  11. Stephanie Merry
    April 27, 2017 / 9:41 am

    Wow congrats on being selected! What an amazing experience! x

  12. Ashleigh -
    April 27, 2017 / 11:32 am

    Well done you! I'd love to give cycling more of a go this year, but firstly… I need a bike haha!

  13. Amelia Larsen
    April 27, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    Sounds like a great day! My boyfriend is massively into cycling and took part in the pearl izumi tour series when it come to our town, I'd love to get into cycling so we could go together!

  14. ana de jesus
    April 27, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    Wow congrats to you. Although you lost your driving licence you re-discovered your passion for cycling and look how far you have come since! x

  15. Rachel
    April 27, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    I enjoyed reading this article! I haven't cycled much recently, but it has inspired me to give it a go again 🙂

  16. GlamGlitzGloss
    April 27, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    I love that your Dad managed to catch such a great start to you cycling ha, my parents were all over the at home videos. I love that although you lost your driving license you found an amazing passion for the cycling and it let to this moment. Well done on making the cut, how fabulous

  17. The London Mum
    April 28, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    It's great that such a big thing in your life which you felt would take away your independence has actually given you something so amazing back.

  18. Serenity You
    April 28, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    This is great, you look amazing in your bike gear and I really love the name Gertie for a bike

  19. Melissa Major
    April 28, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    Well done! thats brilliant, the bike gear is very vibrant and bright

  20. theurbanrealist
    April 29, 2017 / 1:05 am

    Congrats! That's awesome you're killing it at cycling! I wish I could get into a hobby like this!

  21. Mummy's Monkey
    April 29, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    Well done you! I need to learn to ride a bike as I realy want to do a triathlon one day

  22. Louise O'Brien
    April 29, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    I am so sorry to hear you had to stop driving but so amazing you took up cycling it's such s heart felt and inspiring story ?

  23. Tanya Brannan
    April 30, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    Wow what a fabulous day you had. The kit is seriously amazing and you look great In it!

  24. Dannii Martin
    May 1, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    I haven't been on a bike in years, but this looks great and it sounds like you had a lot of fun.

  25. Chloe Griffiths
    May 9, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    your kit looks great, sounds like you had a lot of fun xo

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