I’m Nat, and I’m the Boss Lady. I started out riding downhill over a decade ago, but since moving out to Northamptonshire I’ve gone over to the dark side, and put my heart and soul into road riding. I run regular road rides for women. You can follow me on instagram @bikeshopnat and check out my ladies group at Joyride Womens.
How many bikes do you own?
7 – number subject to wild fluctuations. Here are the ones I ride most:
Fondriest Tf2 1.5: Chorus group and Mavic Ksyrium SLS wheelset.
Cinelli Experience: Veloce group and Hunt 4 Season Aero wheelset. I cannot tell you enough how much I enjoy this bike!
Salsa Vaya: Steel, guards, disc brakes and pannier rack. It’s super upright, super comfy, and super heavy. One day I’m going to tour the world on it.
Identiti AKA:Singlespeed hardtail
Orbea Katu: 20inch wheel hub-gear shopper.
What is your favourite thing about cycling?
Achieving targets. The fruits of hard work. Getting outdoors in the fresh air. Scenery. Mountains. Travelling. Socialising, and all the amazing friendships I have made and strengthened through riding. Seeing some of the girls on my ladies’ rides achieving milestone distances. Eating cakes. Going up hills.
Favourite cycling route?
On the road bike it’s riding out to Lake Annecy from Albertville, the long climb up Semnoz, and a quick dip in the lake before cruising back on the valley floor. A part of me still dreams about A-Line in Whistler.
Best cycling moment?
Riding past a man walking in full climber’s kit in the Etape, 3 hairpins from the top of Col du Glandon.
But seriously, completing the Etape in 2015 was immense. Being one of only a couple of hundred women to finish in the time limit out of 12,000 starters.
Doing the biggest climb in Mallorca in the big ring.
Worst cycling moment?
The summit finish at the top of La Toussuire in the Etape 2015 – specifically the 5km to go sign. The French spectators had been telling me I only had 2km left. They were lying. Seeing the extra kms to go on the sign broke me. I wept.
Also getting a wasp stuck behind my sunglasses on an alpine descent. No one needs that kind of hassle.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee. If it’s tea it has to be Lady Grey (I know, who drinks that?).