Monthly Archives: June 2017

  • MEET THE FLAMBASSADORS 2017:Karen Wheeler

    Karen Wheeler - 1NAME:  Karen Wheeler

    WHERE WILL YOU BE ORGANISING SOCIAL RIDES?

    I'll be riding in Chichester, Bognor Regis FLAB social rides West Sussex

    WHY DID YOU APPLY TO BE A FLAMBASSADOR?

    I love cycling, love the brand and it's inclusive ethos, but mostly I want to get all the other potential FLABs out on their bikes because it's fun and FLabulous!

    FAVOURITE CAKE AT THE TEA STOP?

    Cream tea - pot of tea, scone (rhymes with gone), jam and cream - so civilised darling!! Failing that, especially if a morning ride - it's gotta be a bacon butty.

    WHO IS YOUR DREAM CYCLING BUDDY?

    hmm only the one?? Aside from my cycling besties (they know who they are...) it's got to be my cycling crushes Chris Boardman & Ned Boulting, I always loved their antics on the Tour de France show. (Brad & Cav and the Kenny”s are way too fast for me, but I so love watching them).

    BEST TIP OR PIECE OF CYCLING ADVICE?

    Remember which foot you've unclipped - saves many an embarrassing slide to the ground. Seat height - correct height = comfy bottom and protected knees.  And hills - I hate them, but don't be afraid of them,my mantra is ... just keep spinning (sung in the style of Dory the fish).

     

     

  • Emma's road to happiness.

     

     

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    The road to happiness by FLambassador Emma-

    My name is Emma Dickson from Loughborough and I’m a FLambassador for Fat Lad At The Back.

    When I saw the FLambassador roles advertised I decided to apply because I am a keen cyclist and have been helping my friends to get on their bikes for the last year or so as we needed the extra training because we’d signed up for a night ride around London.

    I was so excited when I was successful because I can now help more people of any size, age or ability to get out and ride. It's great having the FLAB community behind (and in         front) of you for support. Actually I did a little dance when I got the Email!

    Over the course of the next few months I am going to be writing a monthly blog about cycling and being a FLambassador and I’ll also be sharing some of my favourite recipes with you. I hope I may even inspire some of you to get on your bikes and to get cooking!

    So getting out on my bike is not just about keeping fit, it's for a healthy mind too. After a good ride on my bicycle, I am a better, happier person and can cope with the world.

    Eleven years ago things where a lot different, I was struggling with my mental health and was diagnosed with cyclothmia a form of bipolar. I was so miserable and down I wanted to end it all.

    I didn't really realise the benefits of cycling and often turned to alcohol for comfort. This was probably how I landed a job as a cook at the Red Lion pub in Kegworth. I live in the next village two and a half miles away and because I needed to get to work and it was cheaper, I decided to buy a second hand bike.

    The first week at work was hard as I had a big hill to conquer and I was a big lass. I just got off and walked up. My bum was a little sore too, but I needed to work, so kept at it. After a couple of weeks my bum felt better and I was getting a little further up the hill until one morning I made it all the way up! I was on top of the world. I felt good.

    So then I just kept going, cycling faster and getting fitter, but the biggest change was me. I was happy more than I was depressed. I don't think I even noticed it at the time myself, but everything went right for a change and the cloud had lifted. I was smiling.

    It's the little steps you take sometimes that lead to where you’re going.

    Emma 2                                         Broken Biscuit Rocky Road 

    Ingredients:
    200g broken Biscuits. I used rich tea and biscotti.
    1 tube of smarties.
    125g Butter.
    300g Chocolate. I used dark and milk.
    3 tablespoons Golden syrup.
    100g mini marshmallows.
     

    Method: 
    1. melt butter, chocolate and the syrup. You can use the microwave (1 minute at a time, check, continue till melted) or a saucepan over a low heat. Stir well.  emma 3
    2. Bash the biscuits in a bag. They should be small prices and crumbs.
    3. Mix all ingredients together till covered in chocolate.
    4. Put in a foil tray and push down with clingfilm
    5. Refrigerate 2 hours or more.
    6. Cut and serve

     

     

  • MEET THE FLAMBASSADORS 2017: Jamie Robertson

    Jamie RobertsonNAME:     Jamie Robertson

    WHERE WILL YOU BE ORGANISING SOCIAL RIDES?

    In the EAST - Great Yarmouth/Lowestoft area FLAB social rides Norfolk

    WHY DID YOU APPLY TO BE A FLAMBASSADOR?

    I have been helping people get into cycling for a while now through the local cycling club “Great Yarmouth Cycling Club” and it’s always a great buzz to help people start out cycling.

    I come across a lot of people who find it daunting joining clubs etc.FLAB is a great brand I personally have used now for a year. Love The clobber.  It seems only right to help others through FLAB especially those who feel intimidated because of size.

    I’m a big lad 6 foot 2. I clearly won’t ever be a small geezer as I have a larger bone structure (So they say) and being tall normal cycling gear just does not fit properly. Ride up me backside tops etc…So this is why I wear FLAB bits, Why should we not be larger than life and have a great time out on the road?

    I’ve actually dropped a lot of weight since I started but I’ll always be tall. I was 26 stone when I started in 2013 dropped to 18 stone, put a bit back on after my father died but it’s gradually going down. Just I have a larger muscle mass so FLAB has helped with that too.

    FAVOURITE CAKE AT THE TEA STOP?

    Coffee and Walnut (Or honey cake if I ever find it again, coffee stop I used to go to closed never had since)

    WHO IS YOUR DREAM CYCLING BUDDY?

    Would love to cycle with Geraint Thomas, I bet he’s hilarious.

    BEST TIP OR PIECE OF CYCLING ADVICE?

    Planning a sportive. try and ride 75 percent the distance before the event and use the fuel/drinks you plan on using on the day to see if it works.

    Also - Work on your terrains and every bike and rider is different, you will have what I call your “SWEET” gear which you can ride up gentle hills and down them and on flats without changing gear,find that and you’ll have a better longer distance ride.

     

     

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