The photo is of me at the bottom of Kirkstone pass, in the lake district, which made me cry with pain. I started cycling only a few months before it, but after reading Dave Millar’s Racing through the Dark got completely hooked and decided to throw myself up some mind numbing climbs, driven by his incredible comeback from a very difficult situation. It felt like it was possible to do anything. As it turned out, riding up Harknott pass as well in the same ride was not really possible at 33% in one place I fell off, but thinking of how my favourite Garmin-Sharp riders; Dave and Dan Martin, never give up, thinking of Martin’s epic 2 man breakaway in the tour de france last year, and Dave attacking on the Champs Elysees (not because he was going to win, just for the hell of it) I went to the bottom and did it again, just for the hell of it. And I didn’t fall off. Garmin-Sharp don’t care if they ride perfectly, win everything, but they make cycling interesting again with epic breakaways that are just beautiful when they pay off and they never give up, which I try not to in being the only girl in a club of about 30 guys on a sunday club run. You never know what you’re going to see with Garmin-Sharp!