Little Interview: Juliet Elliot
How long have you been riding and racing? -
I've been riding with passion for about nine years I guess. Before that I just rode any old crap on the commute.
Favourite bike -
Ooh, this is a tricky one, can I have a few? I love my custom Charge Plug Ti, my Trek Project One Domane and I can't get enough of the Juliana Furtado that I've been riding.
Gnarliest fall -
Probably when I slipped out riding BMX in the bowl at Clissold Park after they'd done some crap job of resurfacing which made it slippery as an ice rink. I split open my chin and smashed a molar which I replaced with a gold tooth.
Favourite food -
It's got to be toast. I eat heaps of the stuff slathered in marmite. I mainly survive on carbs as I'm an unimaginative vegetarian.
Best cycling adventure -
There have been a few. Cycling touring in Japan was definitely one of the best.
Favourite spot for a BMX/ fixed freestyle jam -
I don't bother with fixed freestyle these days, but for BMX it's gotta be Rampworld Cardiff, The Track in Portreath or one of my favourite local spots in London.
What made you start cycling -
Initially it was commuting- cycling was the cheapest, easiest and most enjoyable way of getting around London. Then when I built a fixed gear bike my interest in cycling grew exponentially.
Who and what inspires and motivates you -
Who? No one really... What? Just the fact it's fun and it makes me feel good.
What has been your hardest ride/race to date -
The few cyclocross races I've done have been really hard; cyclocross requires a high level
of fitness! The hardest ride, hmm, there a couple in Lake Como that stand out but they were only hard because I didn't pace myself, had no breaks and didn't eat - all pretty stupid reasons. I remember Dave pushing me up the switchbacks to our house at the end of the ride and trying to make me get off and have a break. I kept refusing because I thought I wouldn't be able to get going again and when I finally agreed and got off, I very nearly collapsed. That was pretty nuts!!