Leeana-Kate James, Melbourne – Australia
How would you define yourself as a cyclist?
L: I’m an everyday cyclist who likes to ride everywhere fast… You could say I’m quite partial to a bit of racing too, mixing it up with the boys in a crit race is definitely up there as a great way to spend my Saturday mornings!!! If the idea sounds ridiculous, and it involves riding bikes fast…. I’m in!!!
How many bikes do you own?
L: 2 road bikes, 1 fixed gear bike + 1 fixed frame, 1 pub bike
Aprox. how many Km’s do you cover per week?
L: 350-400km per week
Would you consider yourself as having basic mechanical knowledge?
L: Yeah… I currently work in a bike shop so it’s just part of my everyday job, even as a sales-person I’m constantly learning new things about the inner workings of bikes from the mechanics.
It’s also a good idea if you’re going to train solo, in the middle of nowhere, to have a good base knowledge of your own equipment, as you have to be able to sort out your own mechanical issues, when or if they arise
What does the bicycle simbolize for you?
L: Everyday adventures while getting my everyday Adrenaline Fix
What do you think the local cycling community needs the most?
L: A lot more respect from car drivers
Do you feel the local council is doing enough for cyclists in your city?
L: We are moving in the right direction to improve cycling infrastructure in Melbourne… However it’s the attitude of drivers that needs to change
What do you find to be the scariest aspect of cycling in the city?
L: Idiots who are phone scrolling and stepping into the bikelane, completely oblivious to a bike coming at them at 30+km hr……. Ughhhhhh seriously
When visiting Melbourne, where would you advise cyclists to rideL: Beach rd (Port Melb-Mordialloc), Mt Peasant rd (Eltham Loop) and if you have a race licence, check out our local crits, there’s one every night of the week in Summer!!!