A chat with Stacey Solomon at Birmingham Skyride

The Skyride hit the city of Birmingham last week in super style. Over 20,000 cyclists turned out to take part in this fab event, and they were rewarded with dry weather, some amazing BMX stunt riding, the chance to see an Olympic gold medal courtesy of the wonderful Laura Trott, and also the opportunity to meet the very lovely Stacey Solomon.

I was very pleased to have the chance to meet Stacey and ask her some questions. She was super blonde, super tanned and super gorgeous (jealous much…). She was also very bubbly and friendly – just like her TV persona always shows. She had just completed a mammoth autograph session and was taking a break with her lovely little boy Zach, but was very open and gave a lovely interview. Here are some of the things she said.

On her involvement with the Sky ride…

“I took inspiration from the Olympics – I just loved the Olympics so much. Zach loves cycling so when Sky got in touch and asked me to be part of the skyride, there was no way I would say no…after the Olympics I just couldn’t wait! The set up today is absolutely lovely. I love that everyone is getting involved, and the children on the bikes look so sweet. There is a great atmosphere today and the weather has stayed dry so that has been brilliant too.”

On her own cycling style…

“I ride with Zach..I just ride a normal bike. Zach has a blue bike and I have a pink one and that’s all I know about bikes really! When I ride a bike I just tie my hair back and dress casual – I couldn’t ride a bike in a dress! Today was the first time I’d rode on a bike with a basket on the front!”

On motherhood second time around…

“It’s a lot easier – and it all comes back to you. With your first you wonder ‘what am I going to do?’ and worry about everything. But this time around it is so much easier. And Zach is fab with Leighton.”

On getting back into shape after pregnancy…

“I didn’t diet – I just eat normal foods and keep active. I like cycling in the park. I do enjoy going to the gym but I don’t always have time, so sometimes exercise is walking to the park, or running around after the kids…”

On work/Life balance…

“I don’t know about the balance..I’ll sleep in the car all the way home today, I always go to sleep in a moving vehicle. Sometimes I think I keep going on adrenaline, but I love my children and I love what I do, so that keeps me moving along and keeps me busy.”

On her time on the X Factor…

“So many fantastic memories, singing with Michael Buble and then getting to the final, the last girl in the competition. I just loved getting to the final with Dannii (Minogue). Loved it all.”

On advice for young mother’s…

“Don’t let anyone tell you it wont be ok – try to enjoy it. It will be the best thing that ever happens to you so enjoy it. Everything will be fine.”

On her upcoming album…

“It will be different from what you heard from me on the X Factor. It’s been so nice to write my own songs and this definitely has a live lounge style. I’m so glad I’ve had a chance to play a big part in the album, rather than just being given a lot of songs to sing. It’s all very exciting. The first single is out October, and then the album will be out in November. I’m really pleased with it.”

Fashion-Mommy with Stacey Solomon

With huge thanks to Stacey Solomon, Doron Salomon from Spreading Jam, Deborah Thomas and British Cycling, and Sky.


Birmingham Sky Ride – Get on your bike!

I blame Bradley Wiggins. It seems the Mod cyclist has inspired a whole generation to get on their bikes. Everywhere you look at the moment there are people jumping out of their armchairs, grabbing some serious lycra and a whole range of snazzy helmets and going for a bike ride. The success of the fabulous Team GB cyclists, including the ultra glamorous Victoria Pendleton, will only increase interest in a pastime that helps you to keep fit and active, whilst also getting you from A-B in the most environmentally friendly way.

In the spirit of this new passion for cycling comes the much-anticipated Birmingham Skyride, coming to the city on Sunday 19th August. A collaboration between Sky and British Cycling, this ride is the perfect opportunity for everyone, old and young, regardless of cycling ability, to get on their bikes and have a lot of fun.

If you want to take part in the Sky Ride,m there is still plenty of time to register.  And registering could also give you the opportunity to win a whole host of fabulous prizes, from a unique opportunity to have an amazing cycling experience with Sir Chris Hoy (scream! Huge crush alert!!!) to a fabulous new bike or a Sky + HD package. And you can take the whole family too as there willbe a range of entertainment all around the route, with Activity Areas at the University of Birmingham Campus (below) and the Optima Community Association, from 10.00am until 4.00pm for everyone who wants to enjoy the atmosphere without getting on a bike. There will also be BMX displays, an Art Attack area and our Bike Cafe at the University campus and a DJ and face painters at the Optima Community Association. All in All, a fabulous day.

All the stylish fashionista’s love to ride their bikes…


Blake Lively

Jessica Biel

Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller

Kiera Knightley

Katy Perry

Solange Knowles