Published May 30, 2017 13:39
For our last cyclist profile series, we visited Rani Gill in Brampton where she shared with us her love for the great outdoors and her goal of cycling 1000 km during Bike Month.
Photo by Danielle Griscti.
Tell us about yourself.
I have been a Brampton native ever since my family moved here from India over 25 years ago. I love the outdoors and I love living in Canada where we get the opportunity to enjoy all the different seasons. No matter the weather, cold or hot, wet or dry, I try to get out there and embrace the great outdoors.
When and why did you start cycling?
I used to bike when I was young but I didn’t take cycling seriously until a few years ago when I got bitten by the ‘bike bug”. I was looking for a way to combine exercise with my love of the outdoors so I started riding through local parks on bike trails. From there, I soon found myself enjoying the challenge of pushing myself to longer and longer rides.
What style of bike do you ride?
I started with a mountain bike but found that it was more difficult to go longer distances so I bought a hybrid bike. Finally I grew jealous of watching the smooth efficiency of a road biker and so I also bought a decent road bike a couple of years ago. It’s my baby.
Tell us about some of the things you ride your bike for.
I ride for exercise. Bonding with fellow riders. Enjoying the fresh air and being outside. There is no sport out there that can keep you outside for long hours and I love that you can see so much at the same time.
Any favourite bike routes? What do you like about them?
I don’t necessarily have a favorite bike route, in fact I enjoy exploring new routes and trails as part of the adventure or challenge. If I had to pick one, I do enjoy a ride up to Caledon on a weekend morning. The route winds through the beautiful and peaceful Etobicoke creek, and occasionally I even spot a deer! I usually have a ... Read more