Continuing our irregular rider interview series, today we meet up with Andy Lawrence. Like many of us, Andy has a day job and has to juggle the work/life balance. Clearly a professional juggler in a past life, as he manages to get away on some seriously awesome rides!
Please take the time to introduce yourself….
What made you seek adventure by bicycle?
The mountains have always been my first love, but when travelling by bike you get to see so much more in a day.
What was your experience of cycling before?
I have always owned a bike but the multi-day endurance side of biking came after climbing, mountaineering, running and triathlon.
Do you “train to ride” or “ride to train”?
Tell us about your bike…
What is your favourite gadget or item that you can’t do without on a big ride?
That’s easy, I wouldn’t get far without my Garmin!
What route would you suggest as a “must do”?
That’s a toughy, if I had to choose just one and one only it would have to be the Tour Divide, I know it sounds like B.S. but it really was a life changer for me.
Where next for you?
If all goes to plan it will be the Colorado Trail Race.
Any tips, advice, do’s or don’ts for the budding bikepacker?
Don’t over think it, just get out there and ride your bike, making mistakes is all part of the fun. We are all capable of so much more than we think.
Last modified: 21st January 2019