The need for speed: interview with Jessica Hayes

We sat down with the whirlwind that is Miss Jessica Hayes to discuss her passion for cycling and her upcoming talk at Vevolution focusing on mental health.

Tell us a little about you and what you're passionate about?

I'm a 26 year old lady from Australia, and I moved here about 3 years ago. Since moving here my love of cycling has grown to be one of my passions! That said, when you move internationally you learn so much about yourself and you change so much. I've been a vegan for years and years, and I've always been interested in spreading the vegan message, but that's become more important to me over the past few years.

You set up the UK's first female fixed gear cycling team Velociposse. What do fixed gear cycle teams get up to?

Well, they can do all sorts of things, Velociposse is on a bit of a hiatus at the moment while I am super busy working on myself and my job! That said, there are heaps of types, social, racing, support, just general fun!

How easy is it to get started with fixed gear cycling?

It's SUPER easy, I think. I took the plunge pretty quickly and with a lot of support. Check out East London Fixed Ride Community on Facebook, or LFGSS Forums!

Your talk at Vevolution focuses on mental health and veganism, what inspired you to talk about this subject?

I've been working through a pretty dark couple of months where I've been super anxious, stressed, and not feeling so great. I've had a lot of friends go through the same thing, and my job (Head of HR) is very focussed on improving and considering Mental Health. I know the vegan community care so much about health, happiness, and not harming anything, so I thought it was poignant to talk about taking care of your, and other's, hearts and minds!

We think of you as one of the most stylish people we know? How do you manage to blend fashion with functionality?

HA wow I am so flattered!! To be honest I just wear mostly black and sulk until Summer rolls around again. I love riding my bike so I spend a lot of time in shorts, and functional clothing, but I also have a lot of tattoos so try to balance the "crazy biker punk girl" factor out by dressing well (and professionally, for my job!)

Do you have any personal mottos you like to live by?

Be kind, be honest, be thoughtful.

Oh, and, "The breaking of a wave does not explain the whole sea"