In the second of our 'Ride Leader Profiles' (the last one was only, what, 8 months ago?!), it is our immense pleasure to introduce Patrick, our photo taking, fast group leading mountain goat.
Patrick goes up hills faster than most people we know, but his enthusiasm, love of cycling and desire to help others eclipses even his speed! We first met Patrick when he cycled up behind our group on Good Friday a year ago and said "Alright? Mind if I join in?" He had bright pink bar tape and matching pink over shoes (scroll down...) and we'd be lying if we said we didn't have misgivings (only joking Patrick).
His atomic-level energy was clear to see, and we're so glad he did come and say hello - he's been leading rides for us ever since, often putting the fast group through their paces (sure some of them don't love him as much as we do ;)
Patrick will be leading some of our 'Ride London Training Series' (details here), so below is a bit more info about him:
Name: Patrick Douetil
Weight: 9st 8lb
Max Power Output: 1.21 gigawatts
Max Speed: 88mph
Current Job: Cycling photographer
Dream Job: Cycling Photographer :)
Custom Build Genesis with Shimano 105c
Specialized Tricross Comp with Shimano 105t
'Bernard' Custom Build Single Speed with Miche
Whyte Shoreditch with 1x Deore (Current Project)
Dream bike: N+1
Favourite Ever Ride: It's hard to choose just one or two rides but I'll say my first solo tour cycling through Scotland from south to north and through the Hebrides.
Favourite Dirty Wknd Ride: Oh definitely the night we rode to the Queen of the Mountains launch at Giro Cafe in a monsoon! Wading though knee high water with no shoes on was a real highlight (above).
Favourite London Climb: Dark Hill in Richmond Park. A short but technical climb that's great for training. My current goal is climbing it in under 60 seconds.
Favourite Ever Climb?: Forgive me for being cliche, but Sa Calobra (coll dels Reis) in Mallorca (below).
Favourite Pro Rider: Peter Sagan, four words 'Paris Roubaix Bunny Hop'
Favourite All Time Rider: Tommy Godwin (Google him) he's an absolute machine!
Why Do You Ride:
How and When did you get into cycling?:
What started as cycling from a loathing of waiting in the cold for slow and expensive London buses quickly became a hobby and then a passion.
What's your favourite thing about cycling?:
This question's got me beat. I couldn't choose one thing about cycling. I love planning out adventures and riding new roads, I love the competition on the climbs and on the sprints and I love the culture that comes with being in a CC like Dirty Wknd, having a good old natter and stopping for coffee or a cheeky pint at the end of the ride.
What's the best piece of advice you've given to new cyclists?:
The key to becoming a great cyclist is mental strength...
...Not pink bar tape ;)
If you want to learn more about Patrick and to meet the man himself, then sign up to our Ride London series and ask him everything you can think of about cycling (he really does know a lot!) Ride Series Details
If you are in need of a cycling photographer (or any other kind of photographer) then check out Patrick's work (it's all over our website) on his Instagram - Click Here