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Etape 2005 – team RCUK rider profiles

The Etape is possibly the nearest you’ll get to experiencing what the pro riders have to do for a living. The following riders are members of our RCUK Team. We will follow them from now until the big day next July. If you are riding the Etape next year and you are in the RCUK team (but don’t yet have your details up) email us and please include a picture.


Name:
Dylan Lang
My training blog

From:
 Bristol now, London originally

Age:
29

Job:
Systems Consultant

Years riding:
10

Club:
 Las Vegas Institute of Sport (seriously!)

Bike(s):
GT ZR2000 road bike with Chorus, Scott G-zero mtb and Kona Kilauea mtb

Dream bike:
Bianchi with Record 

Do you race? if so at what ‘level’ (e.g. best 25 time, cat road race etc): Rowed to Elite level until 2 years ago. Raced bikes on/off road during the rowing ‘off-season’ for several years.

Have you done the Etape before: No

How much time can you devote to training each week:
10 to 15 hours. 

Will you be doing any other rides or races next year?:
Yes.

Which ones:
Probably some audaxes, possibly some road racing and MTB endurance events (eg Hell of the North Cotswolds) and also self organised long road rides from Wales to Bristol and Bristol to London.

Do you have a coach?: No.

Have you ever been fitness tested?: Yes (for rowing).

If so what did this tell you: High V02 Max, good recovery, relatively low max HR (194), large lungs but sightly too much fat (12%).

Tell us about your typical week’s training: Currently 2 or 3 ‘long’ rides of around 2.5 to 3 hours on Friday/Saturday/Sunday and then shorter rides to work and longer rides home during the week. MTBing up to a couple of times a week and some rowing sessions – around 175 to 225 miles (or equivalent) each week. Aiming to increase the mileage as I get fitter with better endurance. Currently averaging around 19mph on the longer rides. Hoping to be up to 21+ by the event.

Do you use nutritional supplements?: Only energy drinks/bars, when racing or on longer training sessions.

And which energy products (drinks, bars etc.) do you prefer?: Maxim, PSP22, Boots’ own brand.


Name: Neil Wragg

Where are you from?: Marlow, Bucks 

Age: 34

Job: IT security specialist 

Years riding: 14

Club?: High Wycombe CC 

Bike(s): Road: Merlin Cyrene, Tifosi CK1 MTB: Kona King Kikapu, Kona Muni Mula 

Dream bike?: The Merlin above! 

Do you race? if so at what ‘level’ (e.g. best 25 time, cat road race etc): First summer at road racing.  Went from 4th to 3rd cat at the end of the season.  I’ve done some time trials.

Have you done the Etape before: No 

How much time can you devote to training each week: I ride to work most days which is 20 miles each way that takes an hour for each journey, so that’s up to 8 hours in one hour sessions.  Plus Sunday which are usually club runs over 50 – 100 miles taking most of the day if necessary.  Because I commute I dont go out in the evenings much apart from a weekly MTB ride around the Chilterns.

Will you be doing any other rides or races next year?: 
Yes, road & circuit races to try & gain more licence points.  These races can be up to 135kms in distance.  Plus long endurance rides\races\events. 

Which ones: I dont know yet. 

Do you have a coach?: No 

Have you ever been fitness tested?: No 

Tell us about your typical week’s training: Easy but long ride on a Sunday, 60 miles+. Typically four days of commuting which is a round trip of 40 miles. A couple of these one hour commutes will be at around 85% of HR max, a couple at >70% of HR max & the rest at below 70% HR max. The morning journeys to work have a 1.6 mile climb of around 10% gradient and the journeys back can be either completely flat of incorporate the same hill in reverse. Typical weekly mileage is about 150.

Do you use nutritional supplements?: Just energy drink on longer rides plus Nutrigrain bars, bananas etc

And which energy products (drinks, bars etc) do you prefer?: any…



Name: Kevin Donaldson
My training blog

Where are you from?:
Edinburgh

Age:
34

Job:
Management Consultant

Years riding:
22

Club?:
Edinburgh Road Club

Bike(s):
Trek 5200 (FSA Carbon Crank, Kyserium SLsMavic Cosmic Carbones),
Training bike based around Columbus Muscle Forks and a Titanium Raleigh
Dynatech frame (Ultegra components).

Dream bike?:
Trek Madone 5.9 SL

Do you race? if so at what ‘level’ (e.g. best 25 time, cat road race
etc):

Stopped many years ago

Have you done the Etape before:
2004, 10hrs and 53 mins

How was it?:
Hard but fun, cramped at around 180km.

Did you finish at your ‘goal’ standard:
No, was looking for silver.

How much time can you devote to training each week:
8-12 hrs (6-8 at weekend) .

Will you be doing any other rides or races next year?:
Yes.

Which ones:
Polka Dot Gran Fondo, GPM10 tour, week at La Santa, will
probably do a couple of audaxes as well as London-Brighton (and back) and
Edinburgh-St.Andrews (and back).

Do you have a coach?:
No

Have you ever been fitness tested?:
No

Tell us about your typical week’s training: 1 night on the road during the
week plus three gym sessions during the week (usually 1 spinning class and
two 1-1.5 hr stationary bike sessions), out both days on the road at the
weekend for between 2 and 4 hrs per day. I also try to get 1-2 weeks a year
on holiday with my bike.

Do you use nutritional supplements?:
Yes, multivit/mineral, Glucosamine,
Taurine.

And which energy products (Drinks, bars etc) do you prefer?:
PSP-22, Go gels.


Name: Phil Jones

Where are you from?: Near Peterborough (where there are few decent hills) 

Age: 46 

Job: Run own consultancy business  

Years riding: 5-6 as a triathlete. Cycled casually and toured when I was a boy until motorcycles took over. Only back into cycling in last few years. 

Club?: PACTRAC Triathlon club, Peterborough area – Ride with cycle club members as well.

Bike(s): Scott Waimea – tri bike, Ribble trainer, Trek MTB, and one coming soon for racing & doing L’Etape when I make up my mind.

Dream bike?: Still looking –  Carbon or Ti and very light, comfortable and fast.

Do you race? if so at what ‘level’ (e.g. best 25 time, cat road race etc):
10TT 26m , but have done an ironman twice and competed for GB team in long course triathlon in 2003 coming 14th in age group.  Rather shockingly and extremely high result for me as I am usually in the bottom 25% in a race.  Since then put on two stone and need to lose it again before the Pyrenees.  

Have you done the Etape before: No 

How was it?: A mate did last year’s on a double rather than a triple – and survived.  He is lighter and fitter and madder than me.   

How much time can you devote to training each week: One or two long rides at the weekend and a couple of sessions (turbo) through the week – up to 10 hrs ish.

Will you be doing any other rides or races next year?: Possibly.

Which ones: Haven’t decided yet.

Do you have a coach?:
Myself and everyone I ride with.

Have you ever been fitness tested?: Not properly

If so what did this tell you: It was a long time ago…

Tell us about your typical week’s training: Swim twice for an hour.  Occasionally run.  Long ride Sat (55 miles, another Sunday if I get time).  Odd sessions through the week.  

Do you use nutritional supplements?: No 

And which energy products (drinks, bars etc.) do you prefer?: High 5 energy powder, Orange juice & water, Maxim bars with yogurt coatings, lots of bananas 



Name: Chris Sharp
My training blog

Where are you from?: Born Huddersfield, currently live in Fritchley, Derbyshire.

Age: 30

Job: Structural Engineer

Years riding: 15

Club?: Ex Holme Valley Wheelers, thinking of trying Matlock CC.

Bike(s): 8spd Winter / Work Bike; 9spd Training Bike; 9spd Etape Bike – Ribble Frame.

Dream bike?: Probably a Trek but not so sure now?

Do you race? if so at what ‘level’ (e.g. best 25 time, cat road race
etc):
Long, long time ago… Age 16: Best 10 – short 25 Age 16: Best 25 – long 1:10

Have you done the Etape before: Yes

How was it?: Mixed ride: I rode the 2003 event with a 39×25 btm. gear. Started off well, Col du Soudet no problem – had to hold back on the climb!! The Larrau short but steep and then the Col de Bagargui hurt big time. Managed to get up but paid the price at the top. Lost lots of time recovering from the climb. Got going again and actually finished quite strongly in 10 1/2 hours.

Did you finish at your ‘goal’ standard: No. Early Feb of that year I had a recurring knee problem which severely hampered my training. Built up my mileage gradually and managed only the one 100+ mile ride before the big ride. Happy to finish in the end on the 39×25 and proud not to have gotten off to push!!

How much time can you devote to training each week: Prob. 10hrs tops.

Will you be doing any other rides or races next year?: Yes

Which ones: Phil & Friends Ride in the Peak; poss. some Audaxes.

Do you have a coach?: N

Have you ever been fitness tested?: Y – Trainsmart.

If so what did this tell you: Max. Fat Burning Heart Rate @151 bpm; Burning zero % Body Fat @ 183bpm.

Tell us about your typical week’s training: At the moment I cycle to work 2 x a week. Dist. to work = 9.0m Will start going out 1 evening and Sundays. After Xmas will step it up gradually right up to the Etape.

Do you use nutritional supplements?: Collostrum.

And which energy products (Drinks, bars etc) do you prefer?: SIS



Name:  Dean Morgan

Name: Chris Sharp
My training blog

Where are you from?:  New Mills, High Peak, Derbyshire

Age: 29.

Job: Software Engineer in the Telecoms industry

Years riding: 10

Club?: Yeah, just joined the Glossop Kinder Velo.

Bike(s): Santa Cruz Blur and an Airborne Zeppelin

Dream bike?: Got them both I think but I may change my mind in a couple of years though

Do you race? if so at what ‘level’ (e.g. best 25 time, cat road race etc): Race 10mile time trials, mountain bike endurance races.

Have you done the Etape before: No, have tried to enter for the past 5 years so I must be lucky this year!

Will you be doing any other rides or races next year?: Yes, going to get in as much as I can.

Which ones: Time trials, Kona 100km, 24hrs races

Do you have a coach?: No, only my head saying “Get out and ride for lazy pig”.

Have you ever been fitness tested?: No, I do have a Polar S720i HRM and it thinks I’m fit when I use the fitness test function.

If so what did this tell you: Just thinks I’m fit, nothing much else.

Tell us about your typical week’s training:
I ride to work 3 times a week which is 25mile per day, Tues/Thurs/Friday. I always run Mondays, for 6-8 mile. About 1hrs running time. Wednesdays nights is my 25mile thrash around my local route, personal best is 1hr 3mins and it’s bloody steep in many places. Thursday is football night, 1 ½ rs thrashing about at 7 aside, this is non-stop and I’m extremely knackered after this. Saturday is my normal weekend 50miler around the Peak District or anywhere else I fancy going. Sunday is either another early long bike ride or an all day walk with the wife.
[phew I’m knackered just reading it – ed]

Do you use nutritional supplements?: Yes

And which energy products (Drinks, bars etc) do you prefer?: High 5


Name: Mike Edwards

Where are you from?: Gloucestershire via London
Age: 40

Age: 40

Job: Bits of a number of things 

Years riding: Properly, 15 years

Club?: Willesden CC, about to join Cheltenham & County

Bike(s): Road: Seven Alaris & Lemond Alpe d’Huez MTB: Turner Burner 

Dream bike?: My Seven

Do you race? if so at what ‘level’ (e.g. best 25 time, cat road race etc): Yes, Cat 3, Cat 2 on a good year.

Have you done the Etape before: Yes, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002.

How was it?: Great, especially if you like being sworn at in French.

Did you finish at your ‘goal’ standard: Yes. Got Bronze year 1 so went for Gold the other times and did it.

How much time can you devote to training each week: 10 hours +

Will you be doing any other rides or races next year?: Hell yes !

Which ones:
Some duathlons and half marathons early on, the Gorrick MTB spring series, some MTB enduros, a load of road races from April on and the Surrey League 5 day RR in June.

Do you have a coach?: No 

Have you ever been fitness tested?: No 

Tell us about your typical week’s training: All based around a long ride (4-5 hours at the moment) and a long run, with as many longer, easy rides & runs as I can fit in the week, as well as around the races I’m currently doing.

Do you use nutritional supplements?: No

And which energy products (drinks, bars etc) do you prefer?: Anything but Teknofuel.


Name: Jeremy Tapp
My training blog

Where are you from?: London

Age: 32

Job: Co-MD Magicalia

Years riding: 20 years

Club?: None really. Ride with RCUK. London Dynamo, Westerley and Sigma

Bike(s): Ambrosio ‘Dream Machine’ with Campag Chorus. Rixon true classic steel with 105 

Dream bike?: Something Titanium. Seven or Serotta. Carbon rear stays and Campag Record.

Do you race? if so at what ‘level’ (e.g. best 25 time, cat road race etc): Done 2 Cat. 4 races. Hope to do more next year. A few 10 TTs.

Have you done the Etape before: Certainly not.

How much time can you devote to training each week: About 5 hours. More on some weeks. Big variation, some weeks 10+. Summer Commuting easy.

Will you be doing any other rides or races next year?: Hope to do a couple yes.

Which ones:
Maybe London-Paris and a few local races

Do you have a coach?: No. Not yet.

Have you ever been fitness tested?: No. Would like to.

Tell us about your typical week’s training: Erratic commuting (24 miles round trip).

Do you use nutritional supplements?: Not really. Vitamins once in a while and a protein recovery drink after long hard rides.

And which energy products (drinks, bars etc) do you prefer?: Powerbars and PSP22


Name: Kevin Davies

Where are you from?: Originally from Barry in South Wales but have been living in Killinchy, Co Down, Northern Ireland for 11 years

Age: 42

Job: Pilot

Years riding: Well from age 5 till I learnt to drive then started again 2 years ago

Club?: Not at the moment

Bike(s): Trek 2300

Dream bike?: Trek Madone 5.9 (April hopefully!!)

Do you race? if so at what ‘level’ (e.g. best 25 time, cat road race
etc):
10 mile in 19.33 – 20 mile 56.47

Have you done the Etape before: No

How much time can you devote to training each week: 12/16 Hours

Will you be doing any other rides or races next year?: Yes
Which ones: Duathlons and Triathlons in UK, and Republic of Ireland

Do you have a coach?: No

Have you ever been fitness tested?: Yes for work

If so what did this tell you: Get fit! Lose weight, exercise (2 years ago)! VO2 Max now 72

Tell us about your typical week’s training: During the winter I aim to do 2-3 training rides of 2-3 hours duration. Loads of Gym work with weights, Swimming a couple of days and 4 Spinning classes per week, and running when the weather is kind!

Do you use nutritional supplements?: No

And which energy products (Drinks, bars etc) do you prefer?: I hate Gels but like Powerade and Power bar drinks as well as the Powerbar bars…and bananas by the bunch!

Comment: Since I came into Cycling I realise that I have wasted so many years just doing nothing, Now at 42 I am making up for lost time, Look out Lance! (It’s also the only sport I can get by with shaving my legs in!)


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