I think taking part in the Tour de Force will probably be the craziest thing most of us have ever done, but I am really excited about the challenge. To be able to tell people you’ve done it, or to be able to watch the Tour de France on the television and know you’ve cycled on that very route, will be amazing.
My fitness is generally good – I run about 20 miles every week – but I am not really a cyclist. I am trying to focus myself on cycling now, and when I go to the gym I am trying to use the bikes more instead of just the treadmill. I’ve yet to brave cycling outside for any great distance so I’ll have to start with that pretty soon. I am doing Stage 6 of the Tour, which lasts three days, so I have quite a lot of preparation to do as it will be very intense.
I am the only female member of Team Leathers LLP and it will be a big physical challenge. The rest of the team are great and we have a brilliant dynamic, taking part in the Tour de Force together has really added to our team spirit. If there are any times I think of what I’ve signed up for and wonder if it’s too much, the others in the team, as well as everyone else in Leathers LLP, will all encourage me and make me believe I can do it. That kind of support is priceless. I can’t wait for next June, but there will be a lot of hard work to be done before then.