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IN THE SADDLE: Rebecca Charlton

This month Cycling.tv presenter Rebecca Charlton gets in the saddle…
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What bikes do you own?
I own a Planet-X Stealth track bike, an old-school steel Simoncini, a Specialized Stumpjumper and Rockhopper, and a Specialized Dolce Elite. I’m most at home on my Planet-X, because it’s fuss-free and offers a smooth ride.

Where’s your favourite place to ride?

It would have to be Calshot Velodrome for the sheer speed and epic banking. It’s an experience everyone should try.

What’s the biggest rush achievable on a bike?
Knowing that you have complete freedom to transport yourself anywhere your legs will take you, and descending alpine mountains. (Not so much going back up!)

Tell us about your job and your fondest memories:
Interviewing Mark Cavendish before his first edition of the Tour de France in 2007. It was my first time covering the Tour and the buzz was amazing. Each day, I have the opportunity to interview some incredibly inspiring people, from the cycling industry and race scene, like Alberto Contador.

I present a weekly show called The Innertube, and the highlight is seeing each studio guest take on the ‘Tacx Challenge’, which consists of 2.3km of painful hill climbing on a turbo trainer. Magnus Backstedt is the reigning champion –anyone fancy taking on the challenge?

Have you always been in the cycle trade?
Yes. I worked as staff writer and production manager across online cycling portfolios, including roadcyclinguk.comand bikemagic.com. I was then offered the opportunity to present at Cycling TV and have been here about two years now.

PHOTO CREDIT: Rupert Fowler

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