Danielle Ogden - Trek Lexa

What do you do for a living?

I’m a School Administrator in a London Prep school but I’ve also trained as a yoga teacher and am currently training to be a Cranial-Sacral Therapist.

What are you passionate about?

I love to travel. I’ve been lucky enough to live in a few different countries and travel quite extensively around urope and ssiao South smerica is next on my list. Unfortunately once the travel bug hit me it only seemed to get worse, every time I go somewhere it seems that there’s more to see and do.

How long have you been a cyclist?

Not very long! I mean I’ve always loved cycling and rode a lot as a child but I’ve only started ‘properly’ cycling this year. I broke my foot very badly about 18 months ago, I had to have two operations and was on crutches for about 6months.

At the beginning of the year a colleague suggested doing a London to Paris bike ride for charity and I thought training for that would be a great way to get my fitness back and also accomplish a real personal challenge for a good cause.

What bike are you riding?

A Trek Lexa road bike, she's very pretty!

What appeals to you about cycling?

Cycling always puts a big smile on my face. It’s such a great way to start and finish the day, you not only get to where you need to go (avoiding the tube) but get a great workout in as well.

How often do you ride?

At the moment I’m commuting to and from work and then trying to get a ride in at the weekend, the London to Paris ride was at the end of June so my cycling has increased quite a bit!

What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

I love going down the canal tow paths early in the morning, there’s so few people out at that time of day so it’s a great opportunity to take more notice of nature and my surroundings, there are lots of birds swimming in the canal. I saw a family of moorhens and a family of swans, very cute. It’s a completely different story on the way home though, far too busy, I’d almost prefer to stay on the roads!