Booths L2P Rider 2024 Darren Crossley

Written on May 17th, 2024

A close up of Darren's face, with the countryside in the background. Darren is wearing a cycling helmet and smiling.

Darren Crossley is a Director at Cumberland Council, leading council services in planning, transport, economic development, climate change, arts, tourism and the natural environment.

He is married to Helen (General Manager (People) at Booths) and has three daughters (two who work for Booths too!) and a crazy cockapoo.

How did you get into cycling – any tips for beginners?

I’ve been a cyclist since my teenage years (a long time ago) when I cycled everywhere, all the time. I love touring, mountain biking, gravel and road.

My top tip for beginners – set the right saddle height!

So many riders experience unnecessary back and knee pain because they haven’t got their saddle set correctly.

What’s your favourite cycling snack?

Flapjack – homemade with chocolate chips if possible.

What’s the one piece of kit that you need for a long ride?

The most obvious and essential piece of kit is a great pair of cycling shorts.

Why are you keen to support Cure Leukaemia by riding the London 2 Paris?

Helping to fund Trail Acceleration Programmes across the country and supporting the employment of specialist nurses makes a huge difference to a Leukaemia patients’ treatment and care. I’m proud to be a small part of the efforts to fund this work, especially as part of a dedicated teams from Booths.

What do you think the ultimate theme party would be?

A music and film themed 80’s party would bring back many memories and a few fashion fails!

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