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5 Minutes with New Editor Heather Irvine

TWC's new editor shares her passion for cycling and the adventures it has brought her

I consider myself a jack of all trades and a master of none! In my spare time I am happiest on my mountain bike but have also been known to head out on my road bike from time to time, more so since my recent move to London. I’m a hardy year-round commuter and do not leave home without my uber stylish folding bike.

I can usually be seen on the side of the road, phone in hand, struggling to establish where on earth I am on google maps. Some people call it getting lost, I think of it more as exploring a new city!

Before coming to Total Women’s Cycling, I worked for an outdoor adventure magazine in Ireland, called Outsider. Throughout my time there I did a lot of insane challenges. Most recently I ran 250km across Iceland. My feet were not very pretty after that particular challenge!

Running in Iceland was a fantastic challenge

I remember the first time I ever went mountain biking. I did not stop smiling for about two days. I loved it.  Since then I have done quite a bit of riding in Ireland (where I used to live up until a few months ago) and Wales.

My brother has played a huge part in my passion for cycling. He has taught me

My brother and I getting ready to head out on the bikes

everything I know about bikes. He is a talented triathlete and also loves mountain biking so heading out on the bike together gives us not only a great opportunity to catch up but also gives me the chance to learn a thing or two from him!

The bike has afforded me lots of incredible adventures. I have completed a number of triathlons, multi-sport races and adventure races, none of which would have been possible without the bike.

My true passion lies in adventure racing. I did my first long race (36 hours) three years ago and was completely hooked. I loved the feeling of escapism it gave me. Being out in the middle of nowhere whether it is on long bike sections, trekking sections or in a kayak afforded me a sense of calm I never thought possible. The highlight of my adventure racing career so far was a 50-hour race in Slovenia. I spent a total of 30 hours in the saddle. My bottom was pretty sore afterwards but it was worth it, it is an incredible country.

Crossing the finish line at Slovenia AR was fantastic

I am always up for an adventure and plan to take every opportunity offered to me at Total Women’s Cycling. If you are ever looking for a slightly bonkers journalist to take part in an event do get in touch, chances are I’ll say yes!

I am so excited to be working at Total Women’s Cycling. I believe that women are a force to be reckoned with and are capable of anything we turn our hands to. It is so fantastic to see the growth in the number of women cycling, long may this continue. I think it is such an exciting time for women’s cycling and feel genuinely humbled that I get to be a part of that.

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