Rider spotlight: Marie

Words byHayley Hayley

At Rocycle we’re all about Mind Body Music, but, just as important is the fact that we’re a family. So, to make sure each class is not just a party but a reunion, we’d like to introduce some of our Ro’Regulars. Today, we got the chance to sit down with Marie McCartney to find out about transforming the way you feel about yourself and the lure of a plate of pasta.

Hi Marie! We’re thrilled to get to Ro’ you a bit better and share your story. Can you introduce yourself?

I am a forty-year-old Londoner (with a side of Norfolk – my accent is known to wander) and a matriarch with three young children. I originally moved to Amsterdam eight years ago after flitting around to some other cities before realizing what we were missing. We’ve been back for three years and love it here. We’re home.

We think of Amsterdam as home too. So, how did you end up at our little home here on the Nieuwe Passeerderstraat?

I came to Rocycle a year ago. I wanted to feel strong again after the birth of my third child. I remember aching so much after my first few classes, but after a few weeks, I found muscles underneath the flab!

It sounds like the changes started pretty quickly. Can you tell us how else Rocycle has changed you?

Rocycle has helped me regain strength, stamina and, most importantly, confidence in myself and my body. I can be gound grinning like an idiot in four classes a week. So far I’ve lost 20 kilos, gained muscle tone and I feel great.

That’s incredible! It’s so important to transform the way you think and feel, as well as the way you look. Has nutrition and healthy eating come into play for this transformation?

I try to eat well, and, during the day I eat with the kids, so it’s relatively healthy stuff. But I will never turn down a good plate of pasta. Or wine.

It’s all about balance, right? Plus, they always say a little red wine is good for the heart. How do you like to stay active, other than Rocycle and shuttling three kids around in a bakfiets, that is?

Carting those kids around over those bridges is heavy on the legs! I’m psyching myself up to start barre and pilates, but, if you’ve not yet tried it, goat yoga in the Amsterdamse Bos is great fun and weirdly relaxing.

And, last but not least, what does Rocycle mean to you?

When I come to Rocycle, I’m not defined as a mum, a Buitenlander or an old bird. I’m just some nutter going hell for leather on a fixed bike. And I’m addicted!