Name? Gaby Leveridge. Where are you from? Cookham, a small village west of London. Where are you now? In a hotel in Istanbul after 12 days racing across Europe. Which Charge bike do you ride? Charge Ti-Skewer. Was it modified for this journey? I use this bike for lots of different types of riding, it’s so versatile. For the Transcontinental I made it a bit more comfy by adding spacers under the stem and put on a Fabric shallow seat which I find brilliant for long days. Then to make sure I didn’t need to stop as much I put a dynamo hub in the front wheel to power my lights. This crazy trip, what made you do it? The race really appealed to me because it’s a mix of travel, challenge & adventure with a competitive edge thrown in the mix. Everyday I was pushed out of my comfort zone and achieved things that seemed impossible before. I got to see stunning places, met some of the kindest, most amazing people and do nothing but ride my bike for 12 days. How many miles were you in the saddle on this journey? 3600km. Have you always been a cyclist? Yes and no, I’ve always had a bike. When I was 18 I did the London-Paris bike ride with my parents which introduced me to just how awesome cycling can be. But it’s really in the last 2 years I’ve started to do a lot of riding, living out in the French Alps. I started road cycling for fitness but got so much more out of it; I love the social side of going riding with friends, going exploring in the mountains by myself and the competitive side when you are elbow to elbow in a race. What got you started the second time around? I had a couple of friends who cycled, I started going out with them. How would you encourage a non-cyclist to get in to it? Get a bike, start going out with friends. Set yourself different distances as a goal, maybe a hill you want to get up or an event. Don’t be intimidated by what other people are doing, cycling is completely individual and you can get out of it whatever you want. Is there anything you would like to tell us about riding bikes? Over the past year I’ve tried to do as many different things on my bike as possible and through riding my bike I’ve had some of my most memorable moments and experiences. Where are you now? At the hotel in Istanbul, we just finished the race! I’m sitting at the breakfast buffet with about ten plates of food in front of me. Is your bike close by? It’s just downstairs, in the bike store. Tell us where you are riding next. The next time I get on my bike will be on Saturday when we are going to ride down to the Transcontinental finishers party for some well earned beers!