Name: Phillippa Lazenby @Piponabike
Jan 21/22nd goal: Everesting Roam
Occupation: Medical Scientist – Organ and Tissue Donation
Why are you riding with @alpineeveresting?
I love seeing what a strong and determined group of women can achieve. I’ve been part of all-female multi-day charity rides before and I wanted to do it again. The gap in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is one of this country’s great shames. We are a first world country, yet our First Nations peoples have rates of mortality and morbidity similar to those of a third world country. By riding with Alpine Everesting and Tour de Cure I want to throw a spotlight on this issue and raise not only awareness but funds to help ‘close the gap’.
It’s a close call between Peaks Challenge Falls Creek 2015 & 2019; ~245km with about 4800m climbing in 12 hours, and Everesting Garie Beach Road in Royal National Park in 2016: 240km/8902m elevation/21 hours. The time limit at Peaks is the killer!
Favourite cycling memory:
Finally getting to France to follow le Tour and ride climbs in both the Alps and Pyrenees in 2019. We were so lucky we went when we did, only a few months before Covid hit. Riding those iconic climbs was absolute bucket list material. 10/10 recommend it to anyone who loves cycling… just as soon as we can all get overseas again.
Funniest on-bike moment:
My husband Calum and I went to TDU in 2015 and when we rode, if he got too far ahead of me he’d pull over and wait, multiple times a day – bless him. Little did he know one day I’d jumped in this enormous train of riders being dragged along by this absolute unit of a Kiwi guy from another bike tour group. We’re hammering along and I see Cal waiting for me on the side of the road. As we flew by I pumped my fist like I was honking the horn of a train and yelled out ‘CHOO-CHOOOOO!!’. Look on his face was priceless.
Greatest sporting achievement:
Completing my first Ironman, something I never thought I’d do, and completing all three of the Peaks Challenge rides in 2015; Falls Creek, Gold Coast and Tassie. It’s a huge shame they don’t run the Tassie ride anymore, it was an amazing course.
Favourite bike snack:
I just ask myself ‘what do I like to eat?’ ‘is it portable?’ Yes? Awesome. Eat that. Often. Keepin’ it simple.
Coffee order: Flat white. Hot or over ice.
Favourite climb: Mount Ventoux, followed closely by any other mountain in France
How many bikes do you own?
2 – Trek Project One Silque roadie and a Trek Checkpoint SL5 gravel kid.
Tips for endurance riding:
Own pace, always. Don’t try and keep up and don’t worry that you’re ‘holding anyone back’. It’s your ride, ride it your way!
How do you juggle work/family/cycling?
I married a cyclist, so he gets it. Also having two cats and no kids makes life easier; cats are wonderfully self-sufficient. Work can often get heavy physically and emotionally, so I do tend to go long periods without consistent riding because I’m pretty knackered in body and mind. I always seem to bounce back well though, and I’m never reluctant to rest!
What would you say to a woman who is contemplating joining us?
You can do SO much more than you think you can. You just have to start. Stop worrying about what you haven’t done or what other people have done, are doing or talk about doing (there’s a lot of talkers out there who don’t tend to follow through with the doing bit..), you just do you boo. Get a coach if that’s your jam or find a buddy to train with and just wing it (like I tend to do!). Either way, find what works for YOU and go with that. Your training, the way you fit things into your life is always going to look different to the next person and you need to make peace with that being ok. Just. START.
MEET THE TEAM
TEAM riders & support crew Alpine Everesting 2021/2022
Dr Elly Warren