Team Cycling Plus – Kay Bowen

Catch up with our reader team as they get their new bikes!

Team Cycling Plus will be updating you each week with the highs and lows of their training as part of the team. This week Kay gets to grips with the new bike and finds out she did pretty well in her first ever sportive…


My evening ride on Friday was the highlight of the week from a cycling perspective. Within five miles of my house, which is on the edge of Southampton, I am in deep Hampshire countryside, all lanes, pigs, streams, granaries and thatched cottages. It is beautiful riding country, I think the term is ‘undulating’ but not horrid hills. The road surfaces are potted and gravely and I was out for the first time properly on the new Verenti Millook, but did not fall off despite never having used the special shoe/pedal things before.

I spent a lot of time looking downwards, seeing what the variety of clicks on the gears did to the actual gears, and being really impressed with the lack of clonking and the ease with which the gears did their thing, even if it wasn’t always what I wanted them to do, but I am sure that will come with practice. I am going to get my girly saddle put on the new bike though as I don’t know whether its just me or most ladies but I don’t like sitting on a chisel.

My other highlight was finding out that after my near death experience of the Evans Ride it! Short version, I found out that the course was 35, not 30 miles, and that my time of 2 hrs 28 mins 3 and a half seconds, averaging 14.2mph, was the 17th fastest out of all one hundred of the amateurs who did the short version, and the second fastest female time, so I was chuffed to bits with that for my first ever cycling event. That was on my old bike, so who knows what I will achieve on the Verenti Millook?

I got in a swim and two runs this week as well as several cycles so I am  feeling like I have half a chance of doing myself justice at the Salisbury triathlon on May 16th, which will be here before I know it. A triathlon is so much tougher to train for properly as you have to keep on top of three disciplines. Last year I was learning to ride a road bike, learning to do front crawl and learning to jog and this year I am improving in all those things.

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.