Team Cycling Plus – Sam Shaw

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. With the arrival of the Verenti Millook, Sam finds he is working muscles he didn’t know he had…


Things started positively this week with good weather a 0.8kg weight-loss and good form on the bike. The remnants of last week’s cough were being felt at the start of the week but it’s been one of those weeks where I want to continue riding instead of going into the office! 

I’ve kept my route into work similar to last week however, twice I added in a detour up the fearsome one

in four Logie Kirk Road

.  It’s not so bad on the MTB Hybrid where you can sit back in the saddle and casually spin up but it takes a bit of technique on a road bike in order to keep the front end down, which I’m only going to master by doing it more often or by getting better at climbing out of the saddle.

On the subject of road bikes, my new Verenti Millook arrived from Wiggle on Thursday and all I can say is WOW!  It’s a really nice bike; light and stiff, but supple and forgiving when you want it to be.  It’s inspiring me to take more of a ‘roadie stance’ on the bike with more bend to my arms and a tighter arch to my back.  I’m also doing more riding on the drops, though only for short periods at the moment.  These changes are working new sets of muscles, which might not seem like news to some seasoned cyclists, but as someone who did virtually no hard exercise for 10 years, these small changes don’t always come easily.  I did a nice 35mile ride with some friends on Saturday morning over Sherriffmuir and the Verenti didn’t miss a beat – it climbs beautifully and handles like nothing else, especially on the descents.

I’ve tried to push hard on a couple of my journeys, though this was on my MTB Hybrid as I was too wrapped up in getting a feel for the Verenti to really focus on training on Friday.  I timed a five mile stint at roughly 14mins 30secs on a route with some downhill sections so I’m hoping for a similar time when it comes to my first flat five mile TT on the 29th April, though if I get a time around 14mins I’ll be made up!

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