Women In Cycling – Sofia Zambon

Introduce yourself (and your bikes…) 

Hi there, my name is Sofia and I am originally from Italy. My unlucky friend is a white B’TWIN Original 300 Hybrid Bike, medium size, so I can touch the ground. Are you wondering whether I brought it from Italy? No, I didn’t. It’s Italian though (Made in Italy).

What is your connection to the world of cycling?

I guess I can define myself as a hippy commuter and cycling promoter. I adopted cycling as lifestyle, making it part of a greener, healthier, funnier, awesome-way-to-travel routine. And I promote it by choosing cycling as my main topic in academic essays and projects, and volunteering with the Stirling Cycle Hub.

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

A chap called Mike White inspired me. He’s this awesome Dane super-duper passionate about cycling and history. I met him last year while I was living in Denmark  during a touring trip he organized. I was already cycling commuting everywhere in any weather conditions, but that was definitely the first time I did a long trip (+40 miles) on a bike. And I just loved it. I loved it so much that he even had to organize a private trip one day just for me.. before leaving that beautiful, flat country.

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

That one private trip with Mike White. We met at 4pm, and I so naive to think we would have cycled just for a couple of hours, but we ended up cycling until 2am. That taught me two things: always have a (reasonable) full stomach and never trust Mike White (wink). He just knows every single place around Aalborg (and more) and its history. And he wants to share it all. It was the most challenging but best ride I’ve had so far. And I’ll never stop thanking him for getting me into the two wheels world.

What’s your biggest frustration?

I don’t think cycling ever brought me any kind of frustration. Always and only peacefulness.

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

No wind NEVER, ANYWHERE, AT ALL. Not even tailwind. Oh well, maybe a tiny bit while cycling climbs, which I don’t do very often. So, in the name of fairness, just stick with No wind NEVER, ANYWHERE, AT ALL. 🙂

What’s your typical day/week on cycling? And what are the rides you dream about?

I live in the city centre (Stirling), so most of the times I would walk for shopping and running errands. But I do cycle back and forth to college 4 days a week. That is my portion of bike drug. I would usually go for a longer bike trip at least once a month but that can be quite difficult during busy times. I am planning to join regularly on a week basis the Informal Meanders supported by Stirling Cycle Hub. Especially now that the nice season is back.

What rides do you dream about?

The ride I dream of is The World. I dream of dropping everything I have got, every assurance, every routine, and leave – For The World. Best with some good company of course, but not necessary. I am pretty sure I would always find Italians anyway. 😉