"I didn’t intend to become political," she says. "It’s just that people ask for my opinion and I give it. I don’t have some burning desire to be the head of some federation or something.
"A lot of women get out of cycling administration, and team administration, because they’re so fed up of it by the end - of making no money and of being seen as second best. And I think I don’t want to carry on in the sport and be bitter about it.
"I don’t know if anyone would employ me," she adds, with a laugh. "I think I’m seem as some kind of weirdo, radical feminist. I get the impression I’m really quite unpopular in some parts. So I don’t know if I’d necessarily find a job."
In any case, on the job front, Pooley already has plans.
"I’ve got a perfectly serviceable degree, so I’m going to try to get some part-time work in engineering this year and next year. I need to pay the bills."
Did you really say, Ride lots? That quote’s been attributed to you.
Yeah. Did you ever say that? Actually? Everyone says, “Eddy Merckx says. Ride lots.”
What’s it mean, ride lots?
It means ride a lot.
Yes, I ride lots. Yes.
But do you know if you ever…I mean, that’s—people in America have T-shirts that say ride lots.
Yeah, ride lots. Yeah. Yeah. I ride lots…Ride lots.
— always good to get it right from the source