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Can you imagine what it’s like to be a teenage pro cyclist? The Telegraph finds out…

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Marlow Riders, Sports Club | 0 comments

Article by Mark Bailey, The Telegraph Thanks to the national cycling revolution and the success of riders like Sir Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish, it is now possible for young British bike riders to dare to dream big. Tao Geoghegan-Hart, a 19-year-old cyclist from Hackney, is one of the talented new breed chasing the fantasy coveted by every Strava-obsessed commuter: to make a living as a successful pro cyclist. After securing an attention-grabbing 3rd place finish in the prestigious Junior Paris-Roubaix race in 2013, Geoghegan-Hart made the transition to the senior ranks last year with the American-based Bissell Development Team. In his debut season he finished 15th in the senior Tour of Britain – just 90 seconds behind Sir Bradley Wiggins – and also came third in the Under-23 version of Liege-Bastogne-Liege and 10th in the Tour de l’Avenir (regarded as the junior version of the Tour de France). Ahead of his second season in the senior ranks, Geoghegan-Hart talks to Telegraph Men about the joys, pains and surprises of life as a teenage pro cyclist. Amateur cyclists must think you’re living the dream by chasing a career as a professional cyclist. Is it more daunting than it seems? “It isn’t necessarily ‘the dream’ but it is undoubtedly my dream. Without a doubt, I love it. There are many days when it’s tough, daunting and crazy but it’s all a part of that dream and I love it.” You’re only 19 years old. What do your friends at university think of your career? “I’m the first to admit I can be a terrible friend to them because I am home a maximum of one month a year, and those visits are sporadic at best. Calvin Klein Underwear Wholesale Plus I’m reluctant to go out other than on the odd occasion in October which is our ‘off-season.’ But they all support me and have got more and more involved in following races as my short career so far has developed. “It’s nice because the bigger the races you do, the easier it gets for people to follow you. My grandmas, best mates, parents and siblings are my biggest supporters, along with my amazing and incredibly talented girlfriend.” What is the most surprising thing you have discovered so far about racing and training with the pros? “The guys who try the most don’t always go fastest come race day. Buy Emporio Armani Underwear It is just as easy to do too much as too little in this game. It’s all about correct application and timing.” Have you noticed the step up in standards after moving from the juniors to the seniors? “Of course, there is a huge step up. Races go from a maximum of 130 kilometres (in the juniors) to over 230 kilometres in the seniors. Not to mention the standard of the racing itself – you go...

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From a Bridge to Personal Success

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Marlow Riders | 0 comments

It is the coldest autumnal morning so far and, post-rush hour, the frost is still glistening on the final blades of summer grass. Dr John Nixon, known affectionately by many in Marlow as “The Doc”, is preparing to go out on one of his three regular bike rides in a week. At 75 ‘The Doc’ has discovered a new sporting passion – on two wheels. A few miles away in Oxford, Charlotte Hussein, a 34 year-old HR Manager, is grappling away with her day’s tasks at a big publishing company. The age difference maybe marked but both are members of the rapidly growing cycling community at Marlow Riders. And they have a shared story. Recently they both completed their own personal goals for the year by cycling the 125 miles from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol to Marlow over a glorious autumnal weekend. “It was the longest ride I’ve done since I was 16, “ admits ‘The Doc’. “I knew the distance but I wasn’t really prepared for all the hills. It was immensely enjoyable but I was really tired on day two.” John has always espoused the virtues of taking exercise to keep healthy. During his days in General Practice he regularly lectured on the subject in London and until 2011 was an active runner having completed five marathons – the last one when he was in his early 50s. But at 72, and with knees feeling the strain of a lifetime of pounding streets, hills, fields and the other features of the Chilterns, he decided to take up a new sport and joined Marlow Riders. “I was riding with the slowest groups and had my big heavy hybrid bike. Mens Calvin Klein Swim Shorts But I was enjoying it so much and found everyone in the club so encouraging that I bought a modern bike – a carbon Trek road bike – It’s so light that I can pick it up with one finger!” adds ‘The Doc’. Calvin Klein Boxer Briefs UK “Last year I cycled the Red Kite Ride – that was 50 miles. But I’d never attempted 75 miles in a day – not since I was very young.” Charlotte, meanwhile, only discovered the joys of two wheel socialising a year ago. “I bought a bike from Saddle Safari but I didn’t feel safe on the road and had to have a lesson!” she admits. “But then I joined Marlow Riders and their philosophy of ‘Cycling for All’ is so true. I didn’t want to join a club and go time trialling. I wanted something else. Everyone makes you feel so welcome here. I’ve had lots of pieces of advice from more experienced riders and I’ve really improved my cycling.” Charlotte rode from London to Brighton in the summer and then signed up for one of the club’s many trips away. Trips that have...

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Marlow Riders expect 600 entrants at their biggest event of the year…

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Marlow Riders, News | 0 comments

Marlow Riders biggest event of the year, the Marlow Red Kite Ride is upon us and they are expecting a huge turnout of 600 entrants. This year’s event on Sunday 31 August will raise money for Cyclists Fighting Caner (CFC) – a hugely important cause to a number of club members who have recently been touched by cancer. This is the third year of the Red Kite Ride and the club has been hugely encouraged by so much positive feedback from the riders that they will strive to do their best to provide all those taking part with a truly memorable day out. A message from the organisers… “The feedback from participants last year emphasised how welcome the helpers made them feel, and we want to make sure that we match that welcome this year. We need you all to volunteer your time during the day, and maybe also in preparation the day before. Calvin Klein Womens Underwear Set There are a lot of roles that need doing, such as helping with parking and registration, running the feed stations, marshalling at key points, managing the start and finish zones, and catering before and after the event as well as the clean-up and packing away of the day’s events. Please can you send me an email at to let me know whether you can help, ideally all day but also if you can only help for a limited time (e.g. Calvin Klein Briefs Sale in morning or afternoon only). Tommy Hilfiger Underwear If you have a preference for roles, or had a role last year and want to do the same again this year, please let me know that as well. If you could reply with the time and duration available and give me as much info about when you are available and what you can do, it will make my life much easier in trying to sort out who does what! As part of the uniform for the day, we are looking to get Marlow Riders Red Kite Ride T-Shirts made up and distributed to all helpers, so we also need to know your T-Shirt size. Cheap Tommy Hilfiger Underwear Mens These will be provided to all volunteers (who volunteer by Sunday 10th August) free of charge. The sizes are: Small 35/37, Medium 38/40, Large 41/43, Ex-Large 44/46, Ex-Ex-Large 47/49 and finally 3XL 50/52. The T-Shirt style is a simple rib crew neck cotton t-shirt. Please include your t-shirt size in your email. “Finally if you are First Aid qualified or have received First Aid Training and would be prepared to help out with any injuries presented during the day, prior to seeking formal medical assistance, please also let me...

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Naomi Riches takes on the Marlow Red Kite Ride

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Marlow Riders, Marlow Sports Club Events, News, Sports Club | 0 comments

Paralympic gold medallist Naomi Riches didn’t quite know what to expect when she entered her first Cyclo Sportive at the weekend. “It was quite a journey, got through two pilots but only managed 80 miles. Next year I’ll manage the 100!”, she wrote on her Twitter feed later. The London Paralympic Rowing gold medallist was this time last year winning her sixth world championships in a nine year career. The 31 year-old from Marlow hung up her blades and has hardly trained since, but this summer she had a burning desire to get fit again and take part in a cycling challenge. Naomi was invited to enter her local club’s annual event, the Marlow Red Kite ride, which attracted a sold out entry of 600 riders on August 31st. “We were very excited to meet Naomi and learn of her interest in Cycling and have tried to encourage her but the problem was trying to find a bike for her,” said Red Kite Ride spokesman Jamie Baker The partially sighted Paralympian had been searching for a tandem for a while after her agent, former British athlete Eric Shirley offered to ride with her. “ I got a call only on Wednesday to say that a tandem had been found so there wasn’t much time to think about it,” said Riches. Cyclists Fighting Cancer, the charity who the organisers this year chose as their charity for the event, came up with the solution after a chat with bike manufacturer Dawes. “I wanted to get fit again and bumped into Steve Tolmie (Event Director of the Red Kite Ride). We had a ride together to Benson from Marlow at Easter and I really enjoyed it, “ she added. Cheap Calvin Klein Briefs “I’ve enjoyed my retirement from Rowing but I need to feel happy again in my own skin. And the great thing is I’m doing it because I’m enjoying it and not because I’m being told I have to do it!” “I really think the tandem suits me anyway because I’m a team player, and as a team player you have to have a rapport with your partner or partners.” Her partner on the tandem was Eric Shirley, whose father, also Eric, competed in two Olympic Games in the 3,000 metres steeplechase. Eric junior is an experienced sportive participant and recently finished the Ride London event. All the more surprising that after 30 miles Shirley had to stop as he was suffering severe cramp. “I’ve never had anything like that before. I was so embarrassed, he said. Calvin Klein Underwear Wholesale “We were sitting on the side of the road in a spot of bother. But the attitude and spirit of willingness to help us was incredible and I’ll definitely be back to try again.” While organisers, Marlow Riders, provided trained therapists on hand with massaging and stretching, they also...

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