Cycle Style – Meet Meg

Name: Meg Gillmer
Location: Sydney, Australia
Bikes: Bianchi Infinito, CV (Road), Trek Superfly (XC MTB), Focus SAM (Gravity MTB)
Website: TheWholesomeAthlete.com

Meet Meg. She’s the culinary genius behind the nutritious and delicious recipes on our blog. She has her own lifestyle and wellness site – TheWholesomeAthlete.com and is an all around awesome girl with a love of 2 wheels. We were able to pick her brain and learn more about her unique approach to cycling for part of a new series we are doing here called Cycle Style, where we explore peoples personal take on cycling.

Where are you?

I am based in Sydney, Australia on the North shore.

Why do you cycle?/What’s your cycling style?

On the road, I ride solo for most of my sessions. I like to solitude that long road rides give me. It’s my thinking time, my moment for calm and my source of clarity. I love the mental challenge of endurance riding, knowing that I’m testing my body on so many levels. I am addicted to improvement and the fact that if I train hard I will get the results. Mountain biking is relatively new to me and I’m hooked! I really enjoy the company on rides, the friendships I’ve made and the fun of racing. The adrenalin rush of nailing technical sections of trails is something I have grown to love.

Can you share a favourite cycling memory or moment?

One of my favourite moments was completing Peaks Challenge in under cut off time. It’s a gruelling one day event on the road bike: 235km with over 4000 vertical meters. I remember crossing the line in under 13 hours and just feeling so proud of myself. That I’d accomplished something that I was told “Probably wasn’t for me…” I trained hard, I worked for it, I did it. Such a great sense of achievement.I made a goal for me to break 10 hours over 5 years and I’m slowly working towards this. In March this year, I completed my third Peaks Challenge and took a huge 1 hour off my time from last year.

What’s your favourite place to ride?

Not too far from me is a beautiful National Park which I love to ride through. It’s typically Australian with antive flora and fauna and just feels like home to me. I also love riding in Victoria to tackle some of the big climbs like Falls Creek and Mt Hotham.

meg-2Tell us about your site, the wholesome athlete. What is it about? How and why did you start it?

I basically started this as a way to share my recipes for food with friends, family and people i train with. In the beginning, it was an easier way to provide the recipes on a Facebook page as opposed to emailing everyone all the time. Mainly nutritious alternative options for natural nutrition for athletes.

It’s actually evolved into so much more. It’s become a forum to share ideas, my goals and ideas with people across the world. It has given me some ideas about combining my passions and making it into my career. I have plans to coach and mentor people with meal planning, meal prepping, health coaching and goal setting.

meg-3What motivates you on and off the bike?

My desire to keep improving. People I ride with and aspire to be like. Chasing goals.

Any last words?

I’m really grateful for so much that cycling has brought into my life; opportunity, growth and connection. I love that from opposite sides of the world, we are able to share our stories and recipes. 

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