Chanel

CYCLING ADVOCATE AND VLOGGER

Fast facts

Birthplace

New Zealand

Birthday

20 December

Residence

Essex, UK

Bike of Choice

Canyon

@yourroyalthighness_

  • I've been traversing the top half of the country these past few weeks making time to see friends. The last couple of trips back to New Zealand have mostly concentrated on family which is always lovely but I never felt like I had enough time to see everyone. ⠀
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This year because I'm remote working I haven't been bound by juggling annual leave and it's allowed so much more precious days and weeks to spend with close friends. ⠀
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I look around the tight knit group I'm lucky enough to call my "people" and am always blown away by how magnificent each of them are in their own right. ⠀
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From starting incredibly successful businesses from scratch and taking on global challenges within them, to completing Masters degrees while working full time, to running three businesses and then joining the police force, buying hotels, restaurants, becoming teachers, naturopaths, yoga instructors, setting up mentorships and podcast clubs, setting up goldmines and taking epic leaps that pay off, creating new lives in New cities and countries, convincing someone in a job interview to make them a shareholder of the company rather than just give them a role, buying first homes, second homes and all the bits in between... ⠀
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These exceptional people inspire me every 👏🏻 single 👏🏻 day 👏🏻⠀
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They say you're a reflection of the ten people you spend the most time with and good lord I'm truly hashtag blessed to have these people in my life.
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Thick thighs, actually do... Save lives!? ⁠🌝⁠⠀
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HEAR ME OUT 🤔 I generally take these sorts of studies with a pinch of salt but couldn't help having a laugh (albeit a smug one?) about this. ⁠⠀
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Danish scientists did a study in the late 80s where they evaluated 2,816 men and women (35 to 65) who were free of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. ⁠⠀
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Each participant provided a detailed health history and underwent comprehensive exams that included measurements of height, weight, and thigh, hip, and waist circumferences, as well as body fat percentage, which was determined by the highly accurate impedance method.⁠⠀
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Researchers tracked the volunteers for an average of 12.5 years and guess what...⁠⠀
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PEOPLE WITH BIG THIGHS HAD A LOWER RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND PREMATURE DEATH! ⁠⠀
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Whaddaya know. That crafty tagline of #thickthighssavelives might actually be onto something. 🤷🏼‍♀️⁠⠀
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I know this is probably subject to a lot of development and science since the 1980s, but heyo, celebrating thick thighs.⁠⠀
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#pwr#fitfam#healthiswealth#fitspo#girlswholift#squats#shesquats#trainhard#eatclean#grow#strength#fitnessaddict#gymming#gymlifestyle#fitone#bodypositive#determination#thickthighssavelives#fitlife#strongnotskinny#abs#muscleup#girlgains#summer#bikini#beachbody#bikinibody#thighs#thickthighs⁠⠀
  • Cycoupling ♥️⠀
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The art of cycling as a couple. ⠀
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There will be a time, or multiple times, where you want to throw your bike at the other person. Often happens due to periods of extreme "hangriness", or when route has an extra zero added on to the total distance that was never planned for, or simply because the other person is faster than you and that just doesn't seem fair. Rule number one is to never throw the bike. That equipment is expensive. Throw a muesli bar instead. ⠀
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With two people riding, you've got double the amount of lycra and therefore double the amount of washing at the end. Can sometimes result in "it's your turn to do it". Rule number two: cycle on a nice hot day and hose down your partner at the end. Going inside for a shower isn't an option when the outside hose is available. It's novel, it's cooling, and it's saving you another load of laundry. Wash the human and the clothes at the same time, win win. ⠀
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When you cycle together, you'll be put to the test on just how deep your love runs and how much your patience can be tested before cracking. I enjoy playing a game on the uphills called "Let's Deadweight Alex" which involves either being the handbrake behind him on a towrope, or if no towrope is involved, will involve a stroppy cyclist (moi) who will not ride without an arm from behind to assist in pedalling. I like to think of this as additional strength training and an important part of the regime. ⠀
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Lastly, when one person is vastly more experienced and has a clear talent for the sport, be sure to question, complain and ultimately do the opposite about every piece of advice given! ⠀
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Ahhhhhh. Couples that cycle together.... ⠀
🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰 love you @alexdowsett you the real MVP cyclercoupler. ⠀
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  • Curly haired issue number 983.⠀
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Sunglasses sometimes require scissors to be removed.
  • There's been countless times I've tapped out a caption to an image where my thread was about body positivity. ⁠⠀
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It's such a buzz phrase these days and gets bandied around in all sorts of corners in mainstream media. What I struggle with is when you're in the "ordinary" category. Time and time again I'll be speaking of insecurities or perceived flaws of my own self only to be called out. ⁠⠀
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"People would love to look like you"⁠⠀
"Easy for you to preach body confidence when you look like that" ⁠⠀
"You're not fat, what mindset would you ever need to change?" ⁠⠀
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No, I'm not fat. ⁠⠀
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I'm not thin. ⁠⠀
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I'm very ordinary. ⁠⠀
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Swing a few kilos here and there under or over a pretty average weight for my height. ⁠⠀
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Could count out some nice things about myself. Could probably find many more to complain about. I think we are seeing a generation who are growing up with a filter on reality, but at the same time we're also seeing a generation trying to buck the trend by embracing "normal" and all that normal covers. ⁠⠀
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The online community has space for anyone and everyone to find their crowd; whether you're sharing cellulite, dimples, muscles, blemishes, acne, stretch marks, scars or even as one of my favourite IG models quips it, a chick with one leg. ⁠⠀
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For the longest time I really detested my thighs. Why couldn't they be long and limber. Willowy. Referred to as pins. ⁠⠀
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But overtime and even more so in the last few years I've come to love the thick, the strong and the short. What's more, I've come to love the fact that I'm sharing this all with you. Publicly. With confidence. Unashamedly. And I hope in some spark it can encourage you to embrace your own.⁠⠀
  • Hands up if you want to see more TC goodness in 2020 👋🏻 in a nod to our Essex hommage I've seriously toyed with the idea of a matching tracksuit. Velo faux fur in Meowbert black. Am I joking? 🙃🙂⠀
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T-shirts and sweaters back in stock again next week ✔️
  • I've been called an influencer before and that word has got me thinking, especially in recent times with elections, global catastrophes, the role of social media in our day to day life and the information and imagery we receive in our feeds based on who we follow.⠀
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One follower or one million, your decisions and opinions are affecting someone else. ⠀
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Online or offline, it doesn't matter. ⠀
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If just one person sees or hears what you have to say then you are influencing. You have the ability to change someone's decision making. ⁠You have the ability to open the door on a conversation they may not have had, or asked them to think about a topic they hadn't considered. ⠀
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Whether they agree or disagree, the things you choose to talk about, advocate for, explain or inform will spark wider discussion and steer people onto a path to think more or do their own research. ⁠⠀
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My eyes have been opened to so much because of social media. I don't think we have to have an opinion on absolutely everything and in turn, need to know and react about every single issue happening right now because let's face it, that would be an impossible task. ⠀
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Don't ever think your opinion is irrelevant or unwarranted. ⠀
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Whatever you choose to support or lend your voice to, know that you're influencing someone, somewhere 💭
  • Has anyone ever done this... but with an eBike?
  • We do a flipload of travel around this time of year. I'm a Sagittarius, so I think that makes me fairly flexible and ready for change, often. I'm in month four of living out of a suitcase right now with another few to go. ⠀
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Where's somewhere you've been that you'd love to visit again? ⠀
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Tell me your favourite places and I'll see if we can be friends 😝
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Chanel says:

Learning to ride

Learned at age six, picked up a road bike early 2018.

Favourite climb

Climbing the steps to
the cafe for cake.

Biggest cycling moment

Completing my first 100 mile sportive under six hours!

Must ride

New Zealand
- goes without saying!

Motivation

Knowing I’ll be able to eat as many snacks as I like.

Always in my jersey pockets

More snacks.
No one likes to be hungry.