17 January 2010
L'américaine et sa bicyclette à Copenhague
Finally. At long last I was able to hook with Lauren, from San Francisco, who is the proud winner of the Cycle Chic / Velorbis Climate Conference Gorgeousness Competition. Christmas and the holidays got in the way of the bike handover so we finally met up a few days ago on the harbour in Copenhagen.
In the photo above, Lauren and her Studine bicycle check each other out, ready to embark on a fruitful relationship.
Lauren and I had a lovely chat as we walked about in the icy cold weather and took photographs on the harbour by the new Royal Theatre [Skuespilhuset] with her and new red Studine bicycle from bespoke Danish bikemaker Velorbis, who were kind enough to offer up a bicycle for the competition.
I learned that Lauren, whilst growing up in the States, discovered that she loved badminton and was good at it. Must be a lonely life as a badminton player in the States. Kind of like being an American gridiron football player in Denmark. You have to go where the game is played professionally if you wish to make a career out of it.
Badminton-wise, you have Asia and you have Denmark or the UK. Lauren ended up here and currently plays in the national leagues for Herlev Badminton Club. So she's figuring out life in Denmark and writes about it on her blog The Dansk Badminton Life.
We had a brilliant time despite the cold. Lauren's outfit certainly signals her deep and complete understanding of Cycle Chic and the red Studine bicycle from Velorbis certainly looked extra good against the grey skies and white ice on the harbour. We agreed that the pannier bags were a bit out of place here in Denmark and that a basket was a necessity here in Copenhagen, but I could certainly tell that Lauren was thrilled about the new bicycle.
Congratulations once again, Lauren! Great to meet you and I hope you enjoy your new bicycle. And I'll take you up on your offer for more photo shoots later in the year. Be warned! :-)
Check out Lauren's prize winning entry here.