Following a stellar start to the 2020 season, highlighted by a strong showing at the Saudi Tour against WorldTour competition, the Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling Team have been forced into a hiatus from racing due to the ongoing pandemic. We took the opportunity to speak to the riders and find out a bit more about their training, and what they’ve been working on during lockdown on and off the bike.
Though it might seem like a distant memory for some of you, riding on the road is undoubtedly how you spend most of your time normally, what are some of your favourite training rides outdoors?
John Archibald: 3 x 18 minute threshold loops up Via Gelia, on the edge of Derbyshire Peaks. Ideally with Dan Bigham on my wheel, until he can’t hold on any longer.
Jacob Tipper: Cafe rides, I miss cafes!
Mark Stewart: A big old solo hack, with a massive blow towards the end; then sit & cry in shower.
Jack Rees: 53×16, high Zone 2, on a warm summer’s evening.
Charles Page: Got to be a split sprints day. It fills the day and it is the session I look forward to come rain or shine.
COVID-19 has had a huge effect upon professional athletes as a result of lockdown, with many having to adapt their schedules to incorporate more indoor training. What have been your favourite sessions on the turbo?
Richard Jones: I avoid the turbo at all costs.
Zeb Kyffin: Riding 2 x 20 minutes at sweetspot. It’s effective and can be done in an hour.
Will Brown: Putting it back in the shed.
Charles Page: Getting off the turbo.
John Archibald: 5 x 3 minute VO2 efforts. The turbo is the ideal place to push yourself to black-out territory.
Suffice to say, not everyone is a great fan of the turbo trainer, so how do you manage to stay entertained or distract yourself when it is unavoidable?
Zeb Kyffin: I’ve just downloaded Zwift and find it more than entertaining enough on its own with some house music.
Jacob Tipper: Ignoring reality and not realising the desperate times we are living in and how inconsequential cycling really is.
Damien Clayton: Simple – Netflix and Eminem.
Will Brown: Getting off and having a kitchen cafe stop.
John Archibald: Sensory overload. Loud music, no lights and a 100km Zwift race on. A big cooling fan is essential.
Mark Stewart: Total silence, darkness and isolation.
Have you been able to modify your training in order to comply with self-isolation guidelines?
Jacob Tipper: Yes, I stopped. (He hasn’t really!)
Richard Jones: Exploring new roads that I’ve ridden past 100 times but never been down, bit of gravel riding and just enjoying riding a bike for the sake of riding it.
Kevin McCambridge: I haven’t been fully focused on structure. It has been more about just riding my bike for as long as I feel.
Will Brown: A 5:1 ratio of MTB to road, enjoy riding, and remembering why we do it in the first place.
Olly Moors: Basically putting myself mentally back in January for the moment. Endurance, strength with a bit of zip.
George Mills-Keeling: Way more Zwift.
Joe Wilson: I have changed it a little bit, but am solo riding some of my old local routes closer to home for nostalgia.
Whatever the training you have been completing during lockdown, what has been your favourite ONE PRO Nutrition product so far this year?
Zeb Kyffin: The Hydro Energy Drink Mix with caffeine; Mixed Berry tastes mega.
Jack Rees: Hydro Energy Drink Mix in Pineapple & Coconut flavour, reminds me of a Piña Colada.
Olly Moors: 100% the caffeine gel. Knock that thing in the mouth an hour out from the casa and you are on one.
Will Brown: Hydro Energy Drink Mix, the Pineapple & Coconut flavour, tastes like a cocktail; I like cocktails.
George Mills-Keeling: Chocolate Whey Protein is my favourite, tastes like chocolate mousse; it’s the business after any ride.
In terms of your nutrition plans, both before and after particularly hard training rides, what do you eat and drink to ensure good performance and recovery?
Jacob Tipper: Anything that gives me a quick dopamine spike to provide me a small moment of happiness in my day.
Damien Clayton: Before – masses of porridge and all the toppings with a central swirl of peanut butter, protein powder to make it thick and hidden gems like dried fruit that surprise you in each mouthful. After – Shake which is frozen spirulina, protein powder, spinach, banana and nuts. Maybe beans if it was hard, on sweet potato.
Kevin McCambridge: Bowl of porridge with a cup of granola added in. I don’t like starting my session feeling bloated. Depending on the session I will normally take 20-30grams of carbs per hour, but on a really grippy day it could be up to 60g.
Charles Page: A bowl of granola with some fruity extras and a coffee before. Afterwards requires a big bowl of pasta and some form of protein, alongside a Whey Protein shake.
Will Brown: Always porridge with peanut butter, cinnamon and honey; banana if it’s a big day. Post-ride straight to a Whey Protein shake and sugary cereal. Then a high carb/protein lunch after a shower.
Joe Wilson: Big bowl of porridge and dried fruits for breakfast, and shortly before starting, a banana and slice of toast. After, a big Whey Protein shake and my favourite is beans on toast or soup with fresh bread, just something to cap off a nice hard session; if summertime maybe ice cream afterwards, who knows?
Other than getting the miles in and enjoying time in the saddle, what other additional training have you been incorporating during your time in lockdown?
Zeb Kyffin: Before the gym was closed, the gym.
Jacob Tipper: Positive self talk to stop me throwing myself headfirst out my bedroom window.
Richard Jones: Home gym work and a lot of hoovering.
Damien Clayton: Stretching, rolling, strength, sleeping.
Will Brown: Home gym, hoovering, washing bikes, hanging out clothes and any other jobs Ellen can think of.
Olly Moors: I’m working on my beach body for 2021, so three core sessions a week. Oh, and it helps on the bike…
Mark Stewart – Three gym sessions a week, maybe four in this current situation, to get prison big.