In September, the Dayinsure cycle team are taking on the huge challenge of cycling from London to Paris in aid of The Joshua Tree.
In preparation for their 3-day journey, we’ve asked them to answer a few questions to get to know them a little better, up first, our very own Product Designer, Kieran.
What’s your role at Dayinsure?
I am the Product Designer at Dayinsure, I do my best to ensure our current products fit our customers’ needs and create new, innovative ways to provide insurance which suits our customers’ ever-changing lifestyles.
Tell us three skills or talents you have…
- I am very good at breaking bikes, so if any of my teammates are looking for a way out – don’t worry, I can help you out.
- I have some serious BBQ skills, but that is the limit of my cooking ability according to my girlfriend.
- I like to think I am a good designer coming from a product background I like to think outside the box
What made you want to take part in the London to Paris cycle for the Joshua Tree?
I always love to challenge myself and take part in new activities so when I got asked to do something which would do both of those things as well as benefit such a great cause, I jumped at the chance. The Joshua Tree are a fantastic charity who offer support to children with cancer, so having the opportunity to raise some much-needed money for such a worthy cause inspired me to jump on my bike.
Had you had much experience with cycling before you joined the team?
I am quite a keen cyclist but mainly mountain biking, so road cycling is always a challenge for me. I did take part in a cycle challenge from John O’Groats to Lands End back in 2015 but hadn’t been back on my road bike since so I’m keen to get started with the challenge.
How are you preparing for the three-day journey from London to Paris?
We are currently running weekly training sessions with everyone at the Dayinsure office. We’re increasing the distances each week to get ourselves ready for the big 80-mile day (mentally and physically). I am also trying to get out as much as I can and get some miles under my belt to condition my legs (and bum haha).
What’s your favourite cycle route?
Although it’s not road cycling my favourite training route is going out on my mountain bike at one Planet Adventure in Llandegla North Wales and doing a couple of laps around the 21km track.
What’s your most embarrassing moment on the training sessions so far?
On our third training session, I got a puncture a mile into the ride, so everyone had to stop on the side of the road and wait for me to change my inner tube – rookie error.
What are you most excited for about the cycle challenge?
The thing I am most excited about is cycling down the des Champs-Élysées And crossing the finish line with the team after three hard days of cycling.
What’s your top tip for someone wanting to get into cycling?
Get a very good pair of padded shorts as after the first few hours, the pain is unrecoverable.