Q. Could you tell us a little about who you are and how you got to where you are now? Why did you get involved with Three Men on a Bike 2012?
A. I am not involved in the music industry at all. My connection with this ride is Simon, who is my older brother. I have rekindled my love of cycling in recent years and when he told me he would be riding from Lands End to John O’Groats I had to join in. It is a ride I have always wanted to do, but as with so many things in life I have never found the time. We do not have the same interests at all, so the chance to compete against each other….ahem sorry, support each other along this ride was not to be missed. Riding in support of these charities makes all of the training worthwhile and gives me a great excuse for disappearing for hours.
Q. What is your favourite quality about yourself?
A. Is this a job interview? If I really want to be good at something, I will.
Q. What is your least favourite quality about yourself?
A. I wish I realised a long time ago what I wanted to be good at.
Q. What instruments do you play?
A. I am completely devoid of any musical ability. That doesn’t mean I don’t sing occasionally though, usually Christmas, purely for the enjoyment of those around me.
Q. What is your claim to fame?
A. One year at our local village fair I won 3rd prize for my Jam Tarts, 2nd prize for the Fancy Dress (I was a packet of Golden Wonder crisps, salt and vinegar obviously), and 1st prize for my drawing of a battleship (it was during the Falklands war). That was my finest hour and I haven’t managed to top it since.
Q. What was your favourite outdoor activity as a child?
Skateboarding and cycling. I would look like a …. on a skateboard now, so I stick to cycling.
Q. What are your favourite and least favourite types of music?
A. My musical taste has changed completely through my life. Nowadays I can not bear loud music or other people’s music. What makes them think I want to listen to their car stereo? and yes, that used to be me.
Q. What are your favourite and least favourite foods?
A.Unfortunately I can not eat my favourite foods, as I used to and ended up fat.
Q. Who taught you to ride a bike?
A. I taught myself. Wheelies, bunny-hops, jumps and then perhaps not surprisingly coming off and having stitches to my head, several times. That answers a lot.
Q. Who is your favourite sports personality and why?
A. Having just seen the Tour de France again, I love watching Thomas Vockler’s facial expressions and the way he shoves every one of those annoying ‘running’ spectators out of the way. Jens Voigt is inspirational, 40 years old and he still rides so passionately, great ambassador for his country as well. Wiggins hasn’t done too bad either!
Q. Who is your favourite musician/artist/band?
A. I guess I have listened to Jamiroquai and The Beatles longer than any other bands. My brother said his favourite is The Prodigy. I wonder if he knows when I race around Brands Hatch on motorbike track-days, Keith Flint is often there practicing on his team race bikes. What a lovely chap, couldn’t be more friendly to people he doesn’t know. I’ll have to get a photo of us together next time, frame it and give it to Simon for Christmas.
Q. What do you do to unwind and relax?
A. Run. I am rubbish at it and really not built for it, but my ambition is to be good. Not fast, but far….
Q. What is your favourite place in the world?
A. The Alps. I go there every year now, usually touring on my motorbike, but this year I have been cycling there twice. One day I hope to move nearer, I love mountains.
Q. When people look back at your life, how do you want to be remembered?
A. Fondly I hope, ‘though that’s not guaranteed.