6. YOU’VE PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE OF KIT WAS A K9 SPORT SACK. 1 I’D LOVE TO SEE A PICTURE OF YOUR DOG IN IT, AND TWO HOW IS PIPPIN GETTING ON A TRAIL DOG?

We’ve actually got two spaniels, one English Springer, Puzzle and one Cocker Spaniel Pippin. Puzz is the big sister at the ripe old age of 2 with Pippin just over a year old. Pip came to us as a rescue at 4 months old, she had had 3 previous owners before stepping her paw across our door. She is real gem and loves to learn and please. She is a huge poser for the camera and will aim to get all the focus and attention, especially if Puzz is getting some.

The K9 Sport Sack is superb if you’re looking to take your companion further afield, socialise or get them out if insured. We still use it for Pippin to help her fitness develop for running with the bike. I must say she is a natural and fab to have as a trail dog. Puzz on the other hand..…we stick to walking, mainly for my sanity.

7. THERE’S NO ESCAPING THE CURRENT COVID SITUATION, HAS THIS HAD AN EFFECT ON YOUR RIDING?

I made a point of riding less “gnar”. In honesty, when the traffic levels massively reduced I took to my roadie. I got some big miles under my wheels and improved my fitness quite considerably. I’ve had some wicked days out on it, and got quite creative with my routes. I have worked the whole way through the pandemic and made a point of getting to the office/site when I could on my XC bike, making the most of my off-road commute to work. I would often ride to work but I am certainly going to try and do more of it. I am starting to push my riding again off road, it’s been fab getting back into the swing of things on the HB-130 and having the improved fitness to go with it.

8. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT LOCKDOWN HAS UNEXPECTEDLY GIVEN YOU?

Lockdown certainly helped me slow my pace and not charge around so much. I had time to sit and relax at home and spend more time with the dogs too (i’m sure they see it more like bootcamp with all the additional training they’ve been faced with!).

We have explored a lot more of the local area, which has been fun. I’ve also used the likes of FaceTime more to communicate with friends and family. I am not the best with technology but I have found ways for it to help me connect with loved ones. It’s been fab to see friends home projects take shape or meet their new family addition from afar.

9. WHAT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO DO, WHEN WE’RE OUT OF THE CURRENT COVID SITUATION?

Having worked all the way through this pandemic, I am looking forward to taking some time off and defragging my brain. I’d love to catch up and visit family and friends. My parents have two spaniels too, so booking in spaniel club time is a must.

I also want to head to somewhere remote and quiet, might be a while before then, but I am looking forward to that day. Pippin hasn’t been up a mountain yet, so we need to go and bag her a mountain day. I'm looking forward to taking the HB-130 away on it's first road trip and get exploring.

10. OTHER THAN RIDING, HOW DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOUR SPARE TIME?(WE’VE ALREADY TASTED FIRST-HAND SOME OF YOUR BAKING AT THE FACTORY, AND CAN SAY YOUR BROWNIES ARE DELICIOUS!)

It would be rude not to send a parcel of bakes to the crew who sent me a lovely shiny bike, It was the least I could do! I love to cook and bake, I make all my food from scratch including morning loaves of sourdough. I have a little hobby business called Han-Made-Me. I make celebration cakes for weddings, birthdays and suchlike, as well as the odd dinner party. I love being creative and experimenting to see what works and learn new skills. Kids cakes are my favourite to make, they’re full of fun and excitement.

I couldn’t be without sport. When I’m not on the bike I love to be in the mountains - to run, hike, ski, sail and climb. Music is also a massive passion of mine. I grew up playing the piano and flute as well as singing classical and jazz. While I was living in Cardiff I sang with the BBC National Chorus of Wales and made it to the proms with them on a couple of occasions, a wicked experience and memory for life!

I enjoy catching up with friends and getting up to speed with their antics. Where I have worked in many different places, I have friends dotted around the country, so love getting on the road to see them. I’ll always try to make something to take round to feed them up with!