(Photo caption: From Left to Right: Tony Frost, Jen Wilson, Toni Suddes, Ashley Truscott and Andrew Mills)
Editor: Describe yourself in 140 characters
Andrew: Rugged | tall | dark and handsome | just kidding! | I’m a humorous family guy with a love for cycling | aged 36 | married with kids
Editor: Why did you start cycling (as an adult)?
Andrew: I decided to start some form of competitive sport when I moved to Jozi about 10 years ago and cycling seemed like a good option. My first goal was the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge. But my first training ride lasted about a kilometre – I was exhausted and turned back!
Editor: What’s your funniest cycling moment?
Andrew: Too many to mention. But the most memorable was falling off my bike at the gate on my very first ride with the 1965Ride Bishops Ridge gang!
Editor: What bike do you ride?
Andrew: On the road – my trusty Bianchi C2C (Bianca)
Editor: Have you ever tried riding a unicycle?
Andrew: No! But I tried the penny farthings at Gold Reef City as a kid!
Editor: Tell us about your training programme?
Andrew: Terribly irregular. I have an indoor trainer, I enjoy the odd spinning class and also the Saturday rides from Bishops Ridge in the Cradle (with a bunch of like-minded 1965Ride cyclists). I also do a bit of mountain biking to mix it up a bit.
Editor: Do you shave your legs?
Andrew: Nope… should I?
Editor: Do you wear matching outfits? (Andrew, be honest!)
Andrew: It would be criminal not to.
Editor: Can you pop a wheelie on your bike?
Andrew: For about half a second.
Editor: We’ve never seen this. He needs to prove this on our next ride!
Editor: What’s your favourite cycling food and why?
Andrew: Pronutro and espresso before the ride and race nougat during the ride.
Editor: He’s forgotten to mention the carbo loading of croissants after the ride!
Editor: Who is/are your favourite cycling partner/s?
Andrew: Pretty much anyone in the Bishops Ridge gang makes for good company. But I always have a good chat with ‘Ash Crash’, or Peter Gerber (both 1965Ride cyclists) when he joins us.
Editor: Have you ever cycled on another continent?
Andrew: No, but I sure hope to.
Editor: What’s the most challenging thing you’ve ever done?
Andrew: If we’re talking cycling then it’s probably my first Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge. It was very long!
Editor: What is your biggest achievement to date?
Andrew: Getting my leave for the Ride signed off!
Editor: What motivated you to sign up to cycle the 1965Ride? (It’s only taken him five years to commit!)
Andrew: I’ve wanted to do this ride since Tony Frost, founder of the ride, told me about it but circumstances or excuses always got in the way. I didn’t want to let the opportunity of riding the 5th tour get away from me! But a lot of it has to do with my Eastern Cape roots and a passion for education.
Editor: Have you done the 1965Ride before?
Andrew: Only as a desk-bound spectator!
Editor: Have you ever completed any other cycling tours?
Andrew: Not tours per se, but I’ve cycled the Argus, Amashova, OFM classic, EP Herald and of course several Momentum 947 Cycle Challenges.
Editor: Do you have any funny photographs or videos of yourself that demonstrate your cycling highlights that we can share on Facebook and twitter?
Andrew: Not so much a funny one, but one of my favourites is from the 2014 Freedom Ride in Johannesburg featured in this blog.