2 Jun 2017 Cycling Australia
St Kilda Cycling Club member and 2017 Paracycling (C5) time trial national champion, Fatema (Fats) Tajbhai is a pretty amazing individual.
When she’s not donning her Cycles Galleria team kit racing through regional Victoria, you can find her leading one of St Kilda CC’s women recreational rides, chasing down the post-ride coffee and sharing her tips and encouragement with women who are new to the club.
And like the rest of us, she has an off the bike life too, as a Medical Scientist. We caught up with Fats recently and found out a little bit more about her love of riding.
What’s your number one tip for bike riding? i.e. always carry a $5 note.
I always carry an extra layer. It makes sitting around enjoying your post ride coffee a lot more enjoyable. It is especially important for me at this time of the year as Melbourne weather is so unpredictable.
Favourite post ride cafe and favourite coffee?
Woven in Yarraville is my favourite post ride coffee spot, and it’s always a long black with a bit of hot milk on the side. As I’m nearing an end of a ride I look forward to it and sometimes it can be bit of a sprint to get there before they shut at 3 pm on the weekends.
How many bikes do you own and what’s your favourite?
Currently, I own 2 bikes. A road bike and a single speed I use for commuting. I love my road bike! I can race on it, train on it and do social rides. It’s an all-rounder!
If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why?
Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria. I would put cycling safety and cycling infrastructure at the top of my agenda and pass in some laws that are so necessary for cyclist’s safety.
Favourite hometown ride?
Anything with some climbs! Can’t’ beat a good Mt Pleasant loop or a ride out to Kinglake or the Dandenongs. If I’m short on time the Boulie (Kew Boulevard) is a good option and I love the views of Melbourne from there
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