Where are you based?
Where's your favourite place to ride?
Scotland, but specifically the Ayrshire Alps. This tranquil and mainly undiscovered area of West Scotland has some of the best roads i've ridden on, ever. The Peak District is where I started road riding, and will always be a place I ride, whether this is riding a classic route , or exploring roads, paths and woods which for some reason i've not been to yet. Not to forget of course Regents Park and Swains Lane in London, where I spend most of my mornings from 5:45am everyday before work.
What type of riding do you like to do the most?
I'm a road rider, and this is how I spend 90% of my cycling time. Although I also race cyclo cross and mountain bikes. Exploring hills is what I love, whether this is finding the hardest road climb, or taking the mountain bike to try and climb the less ridden path.
How do you discover a new route? Do you plan ahead with maps or just see where the road takes you?
I use OS maps, studying these, plotting the hilliest, and steepest ride I can, making sure I go up the contour lines... Depending on where i'm riding, and if this is a new location i'll upload a GPX file for my Garmin, however if it's somewhere I know quite well, such as Hertfordshire and the Peak District i'll just head out and follow the roads, this however can often mean i'll end up on gravel tracks, that's all part of the fun isn't it?
What equipment do you use to capture your ride?
iPhone 5. Keep it simple.
What destination would be on your riding wish list?
The Highlands and Islands of Scotland, in particular the Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides. Mid and North Wales are also places that i've explored on a mountain bike, but not on the road bike. I've ridden the French Pyrenees and Alps, and these were simply beautiful, and a real feeling of adventure. I'd love to explore these further.