Name: Adrienne ( Ade ) Horne
From: Dublin, Ireland but I’ve lived in the UK for 26 years, currently residing in Surrey.
I’ve been cycling since 2010, I first got into cycling after seeing a poster in my local YMCA gym for a ride to Paris. I’d always wanted to do a challenge, like a marathon, but I’ve got a bad back (from having babies) and have been advised not to do any high impact exercise like running. But I took the plunge and signed up for the ride to Paris. I had an old bike, that was a cheap Halfords special, that I’d ride around the block with the kids when they were small but that was my only experience of cycling since childhood. Four months later I completed my first cycling challenge.
I haven’t looked back since, I was instantly hooked! A year later I saw a piece in Cycling Active about British Cycling’s volunteer “Breeze’ initative to get more Women into cycling, I applied and was one of the first volunteer Breeze Champions leading rides in the UK and worked for a few years as Breeze regional coordinator for the South East, helping newly trained Champions get started and promoting Breeze at events. I’m a British cycling qualified Level 1 ride leader, level 2 route planner and cycling instructor. Have led hundreds of rides, been a flambassador on the FLAB sportives and a Ride Angel for Women v Cancer ride the night event in London.
If I can do it anyone can! Just keep pedaling and do what you enjoy, whether it’s a two-mile round trip to the shop or a time trial enjoy it because if you do, you’re much more likely to keep at it and keep pushing yourself rather than it feeling like a chore that you have to do. I’ll never forget what it felt like the first time I rode 10 miles and how daunted I used to feel when I saw the slightest incline so I have great respect for anyone who gets off the sofa and decides to get on their bike.
RIDES I'VE DONE:
Dozens of sportives in the UK, London to Brighton, Cycletta, Wiggle events, TILNAR challenge and of course all the FLAB sportives.
Surrey to La Rochelle (FRANCE) 500k in four days.
Surrey to Paris x 5 (three times unsupported)
LEJOG 1000 miles in 10 days
France end to end via Mt Ventoux in 14 days
I love movies, eating cake and I love to travel and now find that everywhere I go I find myself looking for bike shops or wondering how long it would take me to cycle there. If you’d told me in January 2010 that I would have done all this cycling I’d have laughed at you hysterically and suggested that you seek professional help. I’m also a chronic Asthmatic, which has vastly improved since I've started cycling.