Interview with Kate Vergette

Number of bikes?

I only own 3 bikes 🙁

What do you do for a living?

HR Business Partner.

How did you get into cycling and what made you join Penge CC?

I’ve always owned a bike (my mum and dad made me cycle around France for two weeks when I was 13!) and used to do a bit of mountain biking when I was younger but that was the extent of my riding. In 2015, I watched my dad in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and decided I needed to start cycling so went home, Googled bike clubs near me and was faced with the option of Penge or Dulwich. Dulwich seemed a bit too scary, so Penge got me.

How long have you cycled with Penge CC?

3 years.

Which group do you cycle with?

Long 4. Three years ago when I joined, I rode with the Steady group.

What do you like about riding with Penge CC?

The shop is 300 yards from my house which is very convenient! I think Penge is a great club as people are friendly and encouraging. At The Hell of the Ashdown sportive this year, there were so many Penge jerseys, every 5 seconds I was saying hello to someone, whether I knew them or not, and it was a great feeling that I was part of something so big and yet so friendly.

Why do you think Penge CC is a good club for women?

Because we are so big and friendly and we do cater for all, whether you want to go for a ride and eat cake or whether you want to get faster – we help people with that and gender is irrelevant.

What is your proudest achievement in cycling?

That’s a really tough question, there are sooooo many – however beating the Chairman is always high up there.

What was the most enjoyable thing you did on a bike this year?

This year has been my ‘year of cycling’ and I’ve done a lot of different events but the best thing this year was the Land’s End to John O’Groats ride: 980 miles in 9 days, seeing some amazing scenery and just loving riding my bike.

What advice would you give to someone getting into cycling?

Just get on your bike and enjoy it! Don’t stress if you can’t get up a hill, just keep trying it and one day you will make it – and don’t forget, that even those people that make it look easy, find it hard.

What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve done on a bike?

Probably riding around London (M25 circuit) on the hottest day of the year and running out of water!