Team Cycling Plus - Andy Ward

The Millook causes disruption in Andy's family of bikes

Team Cycling Plus will be updating you each week with the highs and lows of their training as part of the team. Andy's Verenti Millook gets settled into its new home...

Team member: Andy Ward

Serious cyclist, 41 year old Andy from Leicester, commutes to his job as a doctor, competes in a number of sportives, and enjoys the challenge of a hilly climb. Last year he did the London to Paris, and this year he hopes to squeeze in a cycling holiday to the Alps with his mates. His goals are to improve his power and have a go at time trialling.

A new addition to any family is very welcome, but undoubtedly disruptive. I hesitate to liken the arrival of my new Verenti Millook to that of a new baby, but the way our coach Ben sent us all pictures of his new race bike like a proud father suggests there are a few similarities. A quick straw poll on the Team Cycling Plus facebook page revealed that some people give their bike names (although not many were willing to admit it) and I have witnessed a rider stroking the frame of his bike whilst calling it his baby. Vernon the Verenti anyone?

The disruption caused by the arrival of the Millook applied to my “family” of bikes. I have been told that the ideal number of bikes is one more than you actually own, but five bikes seemed excessive, especially as access to the garage was getting increasingly difficult. Some restructuring was required. My old, neglected mountain bike (my eldest?) had a makeover and has taken over the role of general runabout, trailer bike puller etc. My hybrid has upped and left, via ebay, for a new life in Stockport (always was a mixed up kid). My first road bike – an alloy Orbea – has been turned into a winter trainer and fast commuter. The Focus Cayo (my first posh bike) has all grown up and been given a 53/39 crankset to replace the compact it came with. The Millook is such a good sportive bike, that I thought I should adapt the Focus for use in time trials or racing.

I started the training regime set by Ben this week. Pedalling at a low intensity for long distances still feels alien to me, but when it came to the 15 second sprints at the end, I couldn’t get my legs up to speed quickly enough. It shows me I still have a lot of work to do, it will be interesting to see how that develops over the next few weeks.

Who are Team Cycling Plus?

Team Cycling Plus powered by Verenti are readers Andy Ward, Kay Bowen, Malcolm Ratcliffe and Sam Shaw. We’ll be following them in the magazine for the next few months as they train towards their personal cycling goals under the guidance of Team Wiggle’s Ben Simmons and we will be publishing their weekly trials and tribulations here too. For regular updates check our twitter page and the Team Cycling Plus facebook page

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