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Team Cycling Plus – Chris Bowler

| Blog, Cycling Plus | no responses | 22/07/2011 12:01pm
Team Boardman Cycling Plus  will be updating you each week with the highs and lows of their training as part of the team. This week Chris is upping the miles and shedding the pounds…


Chris Bowler
Lives: Bracknell, Herts
Age: 33
Height: 1.87m
Weight: 102kg
Rides: Kona Jake, Cervelo S1
Reasons to ride: Lose weight, change my lifestyle, break records!
Weaknesses: Pizza, fizzy drinks, training and dieting fads.
Goals: Get down to my ‘racing’ weight (98kg)
Finish London to Southend in less than 2.5hrs
Season: Get my weight down to 90kgs
Ride London to Paris in 2 days
Long term: Attempt the BRRA Pembroke to Great Yarmouth men’s tandem record
Ride from Lisbon to Paris in two weeks

Having ticked my first goal box (get down to 98kg for the summer events get in!) I was looking forward to putting in a decent time at the BHF London to Southend ride last weekend.  Of course, if you fail to plan you plan to fail so I booked Mrs Bowler and I into a hotel to make sure I arrived at the start line for 8am fresh and keen.

For future reference, part of planning for success will always include specifics on whether or not the hotel for the night before is next to the 9th floor of a multi-storey car park in East London.  Serenaded by alternations of sirens and Saturday insobriety I managed four hours sleep before groggily rolling out for the five miles down to the start.

I can’t speak highly enough of the event itself – the route was great; 52 pretty flat miles with two decent hills for interest and the start / finish organisation was second to none.  It was a wet ride and there were a fair few elbows and headbutts flying around on the climbs as riders looking for good times levered some room but I’m happy to say I stayed upright all the way through and generated some cash for a great cause to boot!

I’d targeted 2.5 hours so you can imagine my delight when I ticked over the line in 2:29:00.  At least, I can imagine the delight I would have felt finishing in 2:29:00.  In fact I was miles out – 2:49:00.  I can list all the reasons until I’m blue in the face but the clock doesn’t lie.  I’ll be back there next year to take care of that unfinished business.

In the meantime I’m riding every day – especially since the article explaining the results of our tests at Claremont Sports, Medicine and Performance Centre were revealed in the latest issue of Cycling Plus – and I’m looking forward to a weekend of tent touring in the New Forest this weekend.  It’ll be great to kick back and spin some low gears (assuming the weather holds) without stressing too much about thresholds and zones for a couple of days.  I’m still targeting 90kg by the end of September though so I don’t have too long to relax.  Skinniness, here I come.

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Team Boardman Cycling Plus – Alan Thew

| Blog, Cycling Plus | no responses | 21/07/2011 12:17pm

Team Boardman Cycling Plus  will be updating you each week with the highs and lows of their training as part of the team. This week Alan is back in the saddle after nailing La Marmotte…

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My mate Marmotte

| Cycling Plus | no responses | 14/07/2011 13:17pm

It isn’t just the Cycling Plus writers who get on their bikes, the ad team are at it too. Commercial director Scott Longstaff used to play rugby and thought Lycra was just for cheerleaders. He’s changed his mind since dedicating the last few months to conquering arguably the world’s toughest sportive, La Marmotte.

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Millar’s Tale Well Worth Reading

| Cycling Plus | one response | 27/06/2011 09:14am

Everybody has a stand out memory from their wedding…one of mine involves a professional cyclist’s drug bust.

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Latest Cycling Plus in shops today!

| Cycling Plus | no responses | 21/06/2011 09:40am

The Summer issue of Cycling Plus hits the shops today (June 21) and as ever it’s packed with cycling goodness.

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Kingston Lacy sportive still on!

| Blog, Cycling Plus, News | no responses | 16/06/2011 08:24am

Despite contrary statement from a sponsor, National Trust Sportive on July 3 at Kingston Lacey is to go ahead as planned.

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A Gran day out…

| Cycling Plus | no responses | 15/06/2011 13:38pm

The sportives I’ve ridden in the UK have been pretty relaxed, low-key affairs – a couple of hundred extremely polite riders out not to race, but simply to have a lovely day. It’s a bit different in Italy…

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Going without…

| Blog, Cycling Plus | no responses | 24/05/2011 15:28pm

Maybe I shouldn’t admit to this, but little excites me less than the ‘helmet debate’. For the record I’m pro-choice and anti-compulsion and I always wear a helmet. Well, I say always…

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Rapha riding to raise funds for Japanese earthquake victims

| Blog, Cycling Plus, News | no responses | 17/03/2011 16:43pm

Top cycling clothing brand Rapha is planning a series of rides around the world in support of the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Sunday (March 20) sees an event in London and Rapha will match riders donations.

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Alp yourself to a challenge…

| Blog, Cycling Plus, News | no responses | 04/02/2011 15:37pm

The company behind the ‘posh’ London-Paris cyclosportive have revealed another event for 2011. HotChilee’s Alpine Challenge offers four ‘Tour de France’ stages in the, erm, Alps and should be awesome.

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