I have always been sporty, ever since I started playing football at the age of 5. I played football till I was 13, I quit after being let go by a professional youth setup. I also rowed quite competitively, but gave that up to carry on playing rugby, bad choice. I played Rugby for 2 years. I stopped playing rugby after a knee injury, which meant I cannot do any running, or impact sports for the rest of my life.
I needed to find a sport which could keep me fit, and didn’t require me to do any running in it. Cycling was bottom of the list to be fair, mainly due to the cost that it required to get into the sport (new bike ect.). I tried tennis for a few weeks, didn’t really like it. I also tried swimming, but it wasn’t really putting myself to the limit, or that fun.
At aged 16, during doing my GCSE’s I started going out on bike rides on my mates lovely 1990’s Raleigh Max hybrid. This is what started the love for cycling. Cycling took me to places I have never been to before around my local area. It also me with my photography being able to go places which were so beautiful .
After a few months cycling on my mates Raleigh, I finally brought my first road bike, a EBC Revolution. It was a pretty much entry level bike, equipped with Shimano 2300 group-set with unbranded finishing kit, but I used it every day on the 16 mile round trip to college. I was truely in love with cycling, and I had a growth spurt, which meant my EBC was too small for me now. The EBC was sold on Ebay for £50 less than I brought it, and it had covered a few 1000 miles.
So in May 2011, I had finally saved up enough money to be able to buy my lovely Focus Cayo, which is truly amazing compared to my first bike. I still find myself wanted the next best thing. Currently on my wishlist are a pair of carbon tubular wheels, which I should have saved up enough before the start of next season, a pair of training wheels, which should be brought soon and set of carbon handlebars which will be brought after everything else has been.
If I had seen how much cycling would of cost me when I first cycling, would I of started? Most probably not. But now, I have no regrets and this was most probably the best decision I have ever made. I have made so many friends, and had so much fun aswell as keeping myself fit.
I am currently trying to convince my mate to sell me the bike which started it all. It has pretty much changed my life.