Women In Cycling – Fiona Powell

Introduce yourself (and your bikes…)

Hello, my name is Fiona and I have quite few bikes …a lot of them are tiny balance bikes.

What is your connection to the world of cycling?

My connection to the world of cycling: I run a company called Trail Tots where our aim is to give young children a fun and positive introduction to riding via coaching and events.

What got you into cycling? (or back into it?)

I returned to cycling at the age of 31 following a twenty-year absence!! Sick and tired of breathing in the re-cycled air of the gym, I wanted to try something a little different for a challenge and the rest is history.

What would you say was your most significant achievement (so far!)?

My most significant achievement: off the bike : my beautiful, wild, little daughter.

On the bike – riding Innerleithen in November, it was covered in ice and I got to the bottom in one piece!

What’s your biggest frustration?

Biggest Frustration: pace of modern life! Somehow life now seems to have become about scurrying around from one place to another and ticking off boxes as quickly as possible. It’s just the way life is now, very busy but it’s always a bonus if you get the opportunity to enjoy the here and now.

If you could wave a magic wand, what’s the one (cycling-related) thing you’d wish for?

If I could wave a magic wand I would wish for a Trail Tots bike park for the little ones of course!! We have some super facilities in Scotland and some great family friendly trails.

Little ones love going over humps and bumps, twists and turns and the challenge really brings their riding on but,  it’s not always  ideal to be coaching  really little ones on trails. All it takes is an interesting puddle or some super-squelchy mud and before you know it, bikes are scattered all over the trails and toddlers are wandering about making handprints on rocks. Toddlers are great in that respect – they enjoy the simple things but it’s my job to risk assess and make sure they (and ther trail users) are not put at risk.

Often, as we coach younger children, there will be siblings or a mum/dad who aren’t able to get out and ride for whatever reason and, unfortunately there’s not a whole lot of places that have pram-friendly warm spaces in close proximity to trails – it can be really quite difficult for families to get out and encourage their young riders if they aren’t from a cycling background or don’t feel comfortable having their younger children near roads.

Would you be happy to available as a speaker at an event

Yes, I would.