Name: Georgia Millar @kouttsgeorgia (I think! don't use insta much so really not sure...)
Aiming for: Everesting Roam
Why are you riding with @alpineeveresting?
I loved the idea of the ROAM challenge, and being inspired by and having the opportunity to ride with some amazing women (and men) in Victorian High Country for an important cause - I knew it would be awesome fun to be involved. Challenges are always way more satisfying when there is a purpose too, so have loved the opportunity to build my own awareness, and the awareness of others to the gap in cancer outcomes for indigenous Australians, and to raise money to help address it as part of the event. It is also a great excuse to spend more time riding with one of my best friends., the awesome Miranda Bennett, who constantly inspires me and whose tail I am always chasing on the bike!
I'm a little scared, as it is way beyond anything I have done before, but I know I will give it my best shot, and be incredibly grateful for the experience.
Longest ride: 179km for our Everest Basecamp up Berowra
Favourite cycling memory:
Impossible to pick one. So many great adventures on 2 wheels with friends, family and colleagues over the years, and on my own - including a memorable solo tour of Tuscany on a hired bike with panforte for morning tea overlooking the rolling tuscan hills! Teaching my three kids how to ride a bike rates high up there too and have loved my tours with Westpac and Tour de Cure the last few years - such a great team atmosphere raising money for such an important cause.
Funniest on-bike moment:
Two recent ones that come to mind - the track stand fail/fall a few weeks ago - just couldn't get my cleat out in time. I was on my own thankfully! Also, that time I rode 12kms to the start of an Tour de Cure Australia group ride only to realise I wasn’t wearing my helmet! I had to hot foot it back home (safely) and make it back in time to a mid route point!
Favourite workout song: Dolly Parton 9-5 or Paul Simon You can call me Al - classic songs I like singing along to...
How many bikes:
4... BMC Roadie, my old Giant roadie that lives on the trainer, mtb bike to ride with hubby and kids, and a hybrid that has the toddler seat on the back (which is going on gumtree soon...)!
Tips for cycling mums: Prioritise what's important, don't sweat the small stuff and don't be too hard on yourself. My house is often a mess (I have a 3yr old, 7 and 9yr old). I miss sessions if my kids need me. I'm ok with both of those (and other compromises). I also make sure my partner knows cycling is important to me, and ensure we both give each other time to do things we enjoy.
What would you say to a woman who is contemplating joining our next adventure:
Don't underestimate how much it helps to be inspired, motivated and supported by others! The Alpine Everesting crew are amazing!
MEET THE TEAM
TEAM riders & support crew Alpine Everesting 2021/2022
Dr Elly Warren