Member profile: Andrew Maryniak

Member profile: Andrew Maryniak

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Andrew from Richmond is relatively new to cycling, but has been truly bitten by the bug! Here's his profile.

Name:

Andrew Maryniak

Age:

50

From:

Richmond, Surrey

Club:

I don’t belong to a club yet, although I do have aspirations to join Twickenham Cycle Club (if they’ll have me).

What kind of riding do you do?

I have a hybrid bike, which I often use when cycling in London. I also use a Brompton bike for commuting to work. Additionally, I started road cycling last year. Road cycling has become a passion!

What do you enjoy most about cycling?

I think that cycling - especially road cycling - is a great way to stay active and healthy as you get older. I also love the fact that, as a beginner, there is always something new to read and learn about.

What’s your favourite ride?

May I pick two? Firstly, Richmond Park. Although one circuit is only about 7 miles, the park provides some stunning views and interesting hills (at least, for a beginner like me). My other favourite ride is along the Teign Valley in Devon. The route I take is presents some challenging hills, long level sections and easy access to some lovely pubs.

What’s your top cycling tip to share?

Have a proper bike fitting. After about a year of road cycling, I started to develop some soreness in my knees. Judging from what I read and heard from friends and colleagues who cycle, aches and pains are not an uncommon side-effect of being on a bike for long periods. Having a proper bike fit at my local shop not only helped me understand the cause of my problems, but also greatly reduced my discomfort.

If you had a tandem, who would you like to ride it with

Matt Stephens. I love his presentations on Global Cycle Network – his good-natured and informative style makes me think that perhaps I can do it after all!?

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