Member profile: Jennifer Tough

Member profile: Jennifer Tough

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Originally from Canada, Jennifer is now based in Edinburgh and uses her love of cycling to see more of the world. Here's her profile.

Name:

Jennifer Tough

Age:

27

From:

Canada/Edinburgh

Club:

None

What kind of riding do you do?

I started tour cycling six years ago in the Canadian rockies, and I now enjoy touring, road cycling around Scotland, MTB, and competed in my first SXC last year. Of course I also commute around Edinburgh!

What do you enjoy most about cycling?

I enjoy the freedom to travel. I have taken my touring bike to over 20 countries now and hired bikes in many more, and it’s by far the best mode of transportation to really get to know the many different corners of this planet. Last summer I cycled around the Baltic Sea (3700km) and got to see so many places I had never heard of and would otherwise never get to experience.

What’s your favourite ride?

Just an hour away from where I grew up is Banff National Park in Canada. In a three-to-five day trip, you can cycle over some incredibly tough mountain passes, through Glacier National Park and into Jasper National Park. Along the way you’ll see elk, moose, three species of bears, and snow year round. Closer to home, the Isle of Arran is a beautiful and achievable circumnavigation in one day, and the small island also has some fun mountain bike tracks.

What’s your top cycling tip to share?

If you go touring, especially for longer than a week, double-wrap your handlebars and don’t underestimate a good pair of gloves. On my first long tour I nearly lost the ability to unclip my panniers after my hands turned to solid claws from rattling terrain!

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

I’m sure Mark Beaumont would have some incredible stories from his adventures!

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