ALL RIDE with?
We from “The Women All Ride” – collective want to represent the cycling world in all its diversity. Therefore we have initiated the category: ALL RIDE WITH…! Every month we present a unique personality here: A person who has caught our eye through their presence, their appearance, their sporting achievements or thanks to their ability to inspire and motivate. Every person is different and unique.
In the form of an interview, the persons presented can choose their preferred questions from several and answer them.
Can you immediately think of someone? Then send us a message! We look forward to your suggestions and can’t wait to meet more inspiring personalities!
ALL RIDE WITH
Liyana Shahira Arshad
Liyana Shahira’s general motto is “success has no limit”.
In terms of sports and adventure, the 33-year-old is versatile. From boxing, mountaineering, hiking, diving to, of course, cycling, it’s all there.
She describes road biking as follows: “Riding a road bike is not only a passion for me, it’s also a way to clear my mind after a work week that is often very challenging.”
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1. How did you get into cycling?
I wanted to be much more active in my life and discover my surroundings. Where I live there are many opportunities to go to the mountains or to Austria or South Tyrol.
To make this motivation sustainable, I tried road biking and immediately fell in love with it. Since then, cycling is more than just commuting or a hobby – it has become a way of life. “Go solo” is often my preference, as I can be much more flexible – route, pace, breaks, I then plan it the way I like.
2. What was your biggest fail and your biggest learning?
I overestimated myself. I wanted to ride 100km, but I had only started riding a road bike 2 weeks ago. I did it, but it was hard and not fun at all, because my whole body hurt.
3. Your next big goal?
I would like to participate in many bike marathons, for example the Großglockner Bike Challenge – Go big or go home.
4. What can make cycling/the cycling scene even better?
I wish that the other road cyclists are more friendly to eachother. It does not hurt to say “Hello” or “servus” when passing or to greet by hand signal.
5. Your message to the cycling industry:
I would like to see more options for women in cycling. More models with suitable geometries, comfortable bike saddles and a wider choice in bike clothing (please, not all of us like pink and purple!).
Your biggest dream?
To be successful and ride 200km road bike tour without pain 😉
Your best lifehack for cycling?
Always have a spare tube with you, and be polite and friendly to other cyclists.
Your favourite snack?
Watermelon and Nature Valley granola bar.
What should not be missing on any tour?
CO2 pumps, granola bars, Apple Pay, cash.
Many thanks to Liyana Shahira Arshad
for the interview and the answers! And if you want to learn more about Liyana Shahira Arshad’s cycling life, check out her Instagram profile!