Ashley: nicknamed “Hoofmeisie’ by fellow 1965Ride cyclist, Rob Fleming | organised | loyal, compassionate | open-minded | perfectionist | aged 46 | single | kids – Matthew (15) and Alexandra (11)
Editor: Why did you start cycling (as an adult)?
Ashley:I thought it was a good idea at the time! Something fun to do for exercise with my (then) husband. It still is fun (even without the husband).
Editor: What’s your funniest cycling moment?
Ashley:I take my cycling far too seriously to have had a funny moment, although I am sure fellow 1965Ride cyclist, Andrew, would disagree after watching me fly over my handle bars and land on my face!
Editor: What bike do you ride?
Ashley: I have two – a Scott road bike (my first love) and a Giant mountain bike.
Editor: Have you ever tried riding a unicycle?
Ashley: Are you mad?
Editor: Tell us about your training programme?
Ashley: Well after a bad mountain bike fall, which resulted in a fractured elbow among other injuries, I was out of action for almost four months! I’m back on the bike now and hoping to get to my usual training programme which consists of a longish ride on a Saturday with the 1965Ride team, spinning and strength training twice a week when I’m good!
Editor: Do you wear matching outfits?
Ashley: Very seldom.
Editor: Can you pop a wheelie on your bike?
Ashley: I’ve never tried, so maybe I could. Editor: I think you should give it a miss given your mountain biking track record!
Editor: What’s your favourite cycling food and why?
Ashley:“Race Food” – that stuff that’s actually nougat but which costs a lot more because they are trying to con you into thinking it works for cycling!
Editor: Who is/are your favourite cycling partner/s?
Ashley:Andrew Mills. I took pity on him after he fell over on our very first cycle together (in Tony’s driveway!), and since then he’s provided great conversation and a few laughs while on the bike.
Editor: Have you ever cycled on another continent?
Ashley: Nope, but it’s on my bucket list. Actually, I’ve cycled in Kigali – yes, I know that’s not another continent.
Editor: What’s the most challenging thing you’ve ever done?
Ashley: Cycling from Johannesburg to Queenstown in 2011, the year of the first 1965Ride. I almost cried at the start and end of every day.
Editor:What is your biggest achievement to date?
Ashley:Cycling the 1965Ride tours comprising 850km from Jozi to Queenstown in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Editor: What motivated you to sign up to cycle the 1965Ride?
Ashley:Education is very close to my heart, so it was easy for me to decide to do this to raise funds for education. And I couldn’t possibly say no to Tony Frost!
Editor: Have you done the 1965Ride before? If so, what was the highlight of your trip?
Ashley: I have done the 2011, 2012 and 2013 1965Ride tours. Each one has been unique for different reasons. What stands out on all three is the food (quantity and quality) and how much I laugh.
Editor: Do you have any funny photographs or videos of yourself that demonstrate your cycling highlights that we can share on Facebook and twitter?
Ashley: I am sure Tony would love to share with you photos of me falling over in Reitz, while completely stationary at an intersection – but there are none!