I have been cycling all my life but took up cycling as a sport over 10 years ago. I began cycling with a local cycle touring club called CTC who were very supportive and encouraging towards me. After cycling CTC for a couple of years, I was as determined as ever to take my cycling to another level. I joined Edinburgh Road Club or ERC. Again I found some very supportive and friendly people who really encouraged me to work at my cycling. I continue to enjoy my cycling and have ambitions to do some charity runs and sportives. I want to uses my experience of cycling to inspire others to push themselves further and achieve more than they imagined for themselves.
I have always enjoyed the mountains after having spent a lot of his childhood in nature with family or with the Scouts. Whilst living in Dundee I joined the university Hill-walking Society where he made great friends with like minded people and he climbed around 30 Munros in Scotland. Walking at a slower pace could be a challenge, particularly over the winter months, but through determination and long days, I managed to scale many peaks.
At the age of around 30, a friend of mine was planning a day trip to Glenshee on his own and asked me to go with him to which I said ‘no’. After a bit of persuading I eventually agreed to go on a day trip to the ski slopes with him and that was the start of my passion for skiing. I spent the day falling over and rolling around in the snow, but had so much fun if left me hungry for more. It took me a very long time to get my balance on skis but I was absolutely determined to get there. I have been lucky enough by now to have made several trips to the French Alps and have made some wonderful friends out there. Skiing remains my passion and something I hope I can do for a very long time to come.