Fat Lad At The Back

  • MEET THE FLAMBASSADORS 2017: Theresa Peacock

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    NAME:  Theresa Peacock

    WHERE WILL YOU BE ORGANISING SOCIAL RIDES? 'm aiming to organise rides all over the Nottingham area, the first one will either be from oxton to gunthorpe (cake stop) and back it from spoke and co ( great cakes and sausage rolls) out for 15-20 miles and back ( cakes at the end )

    FLAB social rides Newark/Nottingham

    WHY DID YOU APPLY TO BE A FLAMBASSADOR? I love what FLAB stands for getting people out cycling. All shapes, sizes and abilities. I'm not the fastest cyclist and you don't have to be to be out on a bike.Plus I love the clothing......

    FAVOURITE CAKE AT THE TEA STOP?

    My fave cake Rocky road, yum yum

    WHO IS YOUR DREAM CYCLING BUDDY?

    My dream cycling buddy has to be Mark Cavendish.... Very nice

    BEST TIP OR PIECE OF CYCLING ADVICE?

    When riding on the road, be strong and ride confidently- you have as much right to be on the roads as the cars.

    Clip pedals - love em or hate em - my first experience - not good - fell off, oops and yes it hurt. It's taken me a while to get back in them. Gradually I'm getting there. Flat areas / great, Hills - not so confident. Practicing in trainers, but I plan on swapping over permanently by the end of the year.

    Gears - I've always struggled to get my head around gears, to the other halves despair. I now understand them better, more able to get up those hills although hills and I aren't the best of friends but I plan on taming them............ If I can do it anyone can!!

    I love a banana sarnie before a ride or porridge and a banana before a sportive ..... yep I like banana ?

     

     

  • MEET THE FLAMBASSADORS 2017: Andrew Richley

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    NAME:  Andrew Richley

    WHERE WILL YOU BE ORGANISING SOCIAL RIDES? Grantham and the surrounding area. FLAB social rides Newark/Nottingham

    WHY DID YOU APPLY TO BE A FLAMBASSADOR?

    A lot of larger people are put off road cycling because it can be a bit impenetrable. Talk of cadences, tyre pressures, cranks, hubs and other technical jargon can leave people behind. Coupled with trying to buy kit if you're a 'normal' person.
    I remember buying my first pair of XXXL cycling shorts online. Turned out a XXXL cyclist has a 40" waist.
    Then I found FLAB. Not only did they do comfy kit that fitted. They make me friends! Whether it's commuting back from the office, out on a ride or taking part in a sportive, if I'm cycling in FLAB kit I never fail to fall into cheerful conversation with people out on the road.
    I want to share that love of cycling and being sociable with people in and around my hometown.

    FAVOURITE CAKE AT THE TEA STOP?

    Coffee and Walnut.I'm compiling a book rating the Coffee and Walnut cakes of the British Isles.

    WHO IS YOUR DREAM CYCLING BUDDY?

    in my dreams? Peter Sagan. He just seems ludicrously laidback and fun to be around. And if I could keep up with him I'd obviously be one hell of a cyclist!
    In reality, my dream cycling buddy is anyone who's happy to natter on the flat and wait for me at the top of next hill!

    BEST TIP OR PIECE OF CYCLING ADVICE?

    If you've done any amount of cycling you'll have been given loads of advice, from how to tackle hills to fuelling properly and everything in between. Personally, just make sure you're enjoying it! That doesn't mean it shouldn't hurt sometimes - especially when there's a hill involved - but it's supposed to be fun!

  • MEET THE FLAMBASSADORS 2017: Andrew Saxby

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    NAME:  Andrew Saxby

    WHERE WILL YOU BE ORGANISING SOCIAL RIDES? Newark and surrounding area FLAB social rides Newark/Notingham

    WHY DID YOU APPLY TO BE A FLAMBASSADOR? I applied because I love cycling and wanted to help others get into cycling in general and also socially. I only started cycling in the last 3 years myself so can relate to the newer riders and any worries they may have.

    FAVOURITE CAKE AT THE TEA STOP? Got to be coffee and walnut cake!

    WHO IS YOUR DREAM CYCLING BUDDY? Mark Cavendish, the man is a machine and is a genuine nice guy.

    BEST TIP OR PIECE OF CYCLING ADVICE? Don't give up!

     

  • MEET THE FLAMBASSADORS 2017: ALAN ATKINS

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    NAME: Alan Atkins

    WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED ?

    I am the international FLambassador for the USA and live in Texas

    WHY DID YOU APPLY TO BE A FLAMBASSADOR?

    I applied to be a FLambassador because I love the message from FLAB! I think cycling is the best for of exercise there is. I feel strongly that I can be an example for thise who are scared to get out there. I love the fact that FLAB can laugh at itself, as I do about how I look. Life is too short. Maybe I can inspire someone to get outside. Maybe we can make people see how amazing they can feel with a place of inclusion. Body shame is not just a thing for females. FLAB is doing wonderful things to change that. I can't think of a better way to spread the word, than to be a FLambassador.

    FAVOURITE CAKE AT THE TEA STOP?

    I am a Texan, so I like my tea in a tall glass with a ton of ice. My favorite snack on a coffee stop is a double espresso and a chocolate croissant!

    WHO IS YOUR DREAM CYCLING BUDDY?

    Robin Williams-Can you imagine spending a few hours in the saddle next to Mrs. Doubtfire? He was a truly gifted man and a huge cycling fan. He met tragedy far too soon.

    BEST TIP OR PIECE OF CYCLING ADVICE?

    I have two:

    First-Do not use headphones/speakers on the bike. The loud music keeps you from hearing traffic around you. This puts you in unnecessary danger.

    The second-If you are just starting out, get a bike that fits. You will not get out and ride on a bike that isn't comfortable. A bike that is too large, or too stretched out will never be comfortable. The pros slam their stems. Fat Lads don't have too. Get a bike that fits and go ride it.It doesn't matter if you ride 2 miles, 20 miles, or 4 hours. You rode that much and that is a good day! Now go have some pie!

  • MEET THE FLAMBASSADORS 2017: STEVE WADEY

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     NAME:   Steve Wadey

    WHERE WILL YOU BE ORGANISING SOCIAL RIDES?  

    Derby and Derbyshire FLAB social rides Derbyshire

    WHY DID YOU APPLY TO BE A FLAMBASSADOR?

    I started cycling 14 years ago when my son was born. Even as I've ridden more, got fitter and lost 2 stone in weight, I know how hard it can be to pluck up the courage to find and join a group to ride with, knowing that you are likely to be the Fat Lad/Lass At the Back that they have to wait for going up hills. Going down hills. Going along the flat bits. I've also seen lots more people cycling locally since the boom in the sport, and wanted to find a way to get some of them together, to help them find a group that meets their needs, regardless of gender, size or fitness, but just never seen the opportunity. Until I saw the chance to apply to be a FLambassador.

    FAVOURITE CAKE AT THE TEA STOP?

    What do you mean just one? It would have to be either chocolate brownie, Victoria sponge or carrot cake. One (or two) of those three gives you an excellent baseline to compare one café against another. And I've done a lot of comparing over the years...

    WHO IS YOUR DREAM CYCLING BUDDY?

    Sir Dave Brailsford. He used to live locally and every time I saw a British Cycling team car go past I would put in a big effort. I'd like to ride with him and get him to explain how he missed the chance to snap up the middle aged overweight talent that was right under his nose all those years.

    BEST TIP OR PIECE OF CYCLING ADVICE?

    Enjoy it. Don't worry about how fast you can ride, how far you can ride, how much your bike did or didn't cost. Get out in the fresh air and ride. You will feel better for it, mentally and physically.

     

     

  • MEET THE FLAMBASSADORS 2017: BILL AND LOUISE SHAW

     

     

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    Bill and Louise Shaw

    WHERE WILL YOU BE ORGANISING SOCIAL RIDES?

    Our rides will be around the Fylde coast and Preston area also taking in the Trough of Bowland. FLAB social rides Preston

    WHY DID YOU APPLY TO BE A FLAMBASSADOR?

    To inspire others to cycle and show it's a sport that can be enjoyed by all shapes and sizes. Ooohhh and of course the Flabulous cycling clothing just gives the finishing touch, and a brand to be proud of.

    FAVOURITE CAKE AT THE TEA STOP?

    Louise loves any cake to be honest, I'm rather partial to a nice carrot cake!

    WHO IS YOUR DREAM CYCLING BUDDY?

    Louise says " Tom Hardy" Clearly for all the wrong reasons, Me it would have to be Sir Bradley Wiggins.

    BEST TIP OR PIECE OF CYCLING ADVICE?

    Louise says " have a bike fit " and I'd say do a basic bike maintenance course, you'd be surprised how many simple quick tips and fixes you can pick up!

  • Meet the FLambassadors 2017: Emma Dickson

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    NAME:Emma Dickson

    WHERE WILL YOU BE ORGANISING SOCIAL RIDES? Loughborough area FLAB social rides Loughborough

    WHY DID YOU APPLY TO BE A FLAMBASSADOR? I applied to be a FLambassador because I wanted to encourage more people to take up cycling and I love the Fat Lasses gear it makes me smile

    FAVOURITE CAKE AT THE TEA STOP? I love chocolate brownies.

    WHO IS YOUR DREAM CYCLING BUDDY? I would love to cycle with Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters. He is well fit. I can imagine folks just looking at me calling him "Dave".

    BEST TIP OR PIECE OF CYCLING ADVICE? Cycling advice should be taken with a pinch of salt. Just keep trying and enjoy! I find if I am in a bad mood or had a bad day it helps to clear my head and put a smile on my face.

  • Meet the FLambassadors 2017: Garry Ingham

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    NAME:  Garry Ingham

    WHERE WILL YOU BE ORGANISING SOCIAL RIDES? Portsmouth ,Hampshire

    FLAB social rides Hampshire

    WHY DID YOU APPLY TO BE A FLAMBASSADOR?

    I applied because I have seen first hand how cycling can help body and mind.  I want to encourage people get out and about on their bike no matter what size or fitness level.

    FAVOURITE CAKE AT THE TEA STOP?

    Red velvet cake is a must. Or if it's cold a bacon butty with brown sauce.

    WHO IS YOUR DREAM CYCLING BUDDY?

    Famous would be Jenson button. He's just started triathlon and follow him on strava. Non famous person would be Nigel my current cycling buddy. We've had some great times and some bad times and he's always been there to help, on and off the bike

    BEST TIP OR PIECE OF CYCLING ADVICE? Get a seat designed for your bum. Nothing worse then going for a long ride and it's rock hard seat is giving you a numb bum. Tip 2. This is by far my favourite. Get a top tub bag and fill it with harribo sweets. You have sugar on demand and who doesn't love harribo.

     

     

  • Review - Ultra-Distance Cycling: An Expert Guide to Endurance Cycling

    The beauty of this book is that you learn a great deal more about every day cycling than the title suggests. It's not only about Ultra Distance Cycling but covers many of the things that you need when nipping out for your Sunday jaunt. Nutrition, Hydration, power vs HR training, bike fit, etc, so many chapters full of useful tit-bits to help the novice cyclist as much as the Ultra Distance nut-case!

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    A really great read that inspires you to find the time (one of the chapters) regardless of your schedule and leaves no stone unturned in understanding everything about man/woman and bike. Simon and Dominic have done a great job.

    "To break a cycling record at the age of 47 meant Dominic Irvine had to challenge the accepted wisdom of the day in order to achieve what many thought impossible. As his coach, Simon Jobson left no stone unturned in his quest to hep Dominic and his tandem riding partner Charlie Mitchell reach the level of performance needed to set a new cycling record. Helping ordinary people achieve extraordinary results is a core philosophy of my team’s approach to cycling."

    Buy the book here!

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  • Reza Pakravan - Kapp To Cape

    I’ve been very lucky, because over the last couple of years I’ve had my share of little adventures. In 2015 I rode from Lands End to John O’Groats, and in 2016 I cycled across France from Caen to Nice; and as much as I loved my cycling trips, I’m always happy to come home after my little adventures and know that two weeks is about as much as I like to do in one hit. So I leave the epic trips to the hardy adventurers, and love to read about their trips from the comfort of my sofa with a nice cup of tea.

    I frequently have the bike channel (Sky 464) on while I’m pottering about. Last year a documentary came on called “Kapp to Cape” and it followed Reza Pakravan as he set about cycling 11,000 miles from Nordkapp to Cape Town at the other end of the planet. Reza was accompanied by his friend Steve and their trip became a world record attempt to complete the ride, self-supported in 100 days. I enjoyed the programme immensely and was happy to find that Reza had also written a book about the trip which was published last month.

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    Although I already knew the story as I’d seen the documentary, I found it an absolute page turner. Reza’a extraordinary way of telling his story was so beautifully honest, funny and thrilling. It took such guts to undertake such an epic adventure which was nearly over before it had begun and his revelation on London Bridge one morning brought a lump to my throat, as I had a very similar experience last year and walked away from my job in the NHS that was making me utterly miserable.

    There were so many moments in this book when I wish I could have reached through the pages and given Reza a huge hug, as the story is about so much more than a bike ride and world record attempt; it’s about a personal journey which all of us, as cyclists and human beings, will be able to identify with. I’m trying not to give too much away, as I don’t want to ruin the story for you.cape

    Although many people worry about the dangers of undertaking such a big adventure and all the what ifs, what will stay with me from this book is the kindness of strangers he met along the way, who had so little yet shared so much with Reza on his trip. Kindness is free, and I’m going to try and be a bit more generous…

    “This book is the intensely personal story of one man’s mission to create a more positive, purposeful life, and the compelling journey he took to get there.”

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