Name : Sabrina Verjee
Age : 25
Sabrina Verjee's is not one for ducking a challenge, a veterinary student at Cambridge - you probably won't find a harder degree - she's done modern pentathlon and now triathlon. In her first year spent cycling, she finished 11th in the Women's National 100 mile TT championships and won a triathlon a couple of weeks ago. Watch this space for more!
Date you joined the Club : July or August 2006.
Why did you join Kingston Wheelers : To get chat up by fit men ;)
What made you start cycling : Triathlon.
What bike do you ride : Eddy Merckx Titanium frame built by Litespeed now complete with a 9 speed Dura Ace compact chainset built up for me Chris Salt (thanks again!)in time for my win in the Accelerace Triatlon in August. The 34x27 gearing ratio was a godsend, I cruised up the multitude of inclines including two 25% gradient climbs! Leading me to victory - this bike's in a class of its own. And an Orbea Mitis 9 speed Shimano Ultegra.
Give us a brief cycling background : Not much background.... I used to cycle to the riding stables as a teenager. I started triathlon to keep fit over the summer 2005 once the Modern Pentathlon (Show jumping, shooting, fencing, running, swimming) season was over. I started it on my tourer but one of my chain rings started falling off mid-race so I had to cycle the hilly course all in one gear! I decided that I quite liked triathlons but needed a new bike! Eventually I got the Orbea .... which I think I literally rode 80 miles on from picking it up at the bike shop. Now I'm totally addicted to cycling...
What was your best performance : errr.... just cycling probably the National 100 mile Time Trial Champs in 4hrs 47mins, 11th place.
What was your worst day on the bike : Cycling all the way to Oxford (65 miles) then realising that I would get home quicker cycling back as the trains were being less than useful with replacement buses ... after 120 miles I was seriously regretting it! Although starting a TT mid-adventure race by cycling straight into the back of a van while being filmed by the BBC comes quite close....
What is your favourite race food : I prefer not to eat on the bike... then I can insist in a tea stop and stuff myself with cake, which incidentally was another reason to start cycling!
Where is your favourite cycling location : The Trossachs in Scotland.
Most likely to say : "It's time for a tea stop."
Least likely to say : "Let's go up that really steep hill!"