Train Like A: Cyclist

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An independent British UCI track team, Huub Wattbike started as four ambitious riders from Derby with the desire to compete on the world stage. After a breakthrough season where they won World Championships, a World Cup, Commonwealth Games medals and National Titles; they are back, bigger and more ambitious than ever. Renowned for their innovative techniques and pragmatic approach, Huub Wattbike aim to go fast and further establish themselves at the top of world cycling. 

The team addressed the need for speed by introducing American world record holder, Ashton Lambie, to the HUUB Wattbike test team last year in their quest for Track World Cup success. Lambie, 18, has made the move from the rolling plains of Kansas, to the East Midlands. And, as you’d expect from a member of the HUUB Wattbike test team, his path to stardom has been less than conventional. In just two years, he went from gravel rider to 4km individual pursuit world record holder. 

Here we talk to Ashton about his training and his goals for this year:

What does an average training day / week look like for you?

I do a variety of workouts! Usually a mix of longer road rides, some structured interval training indoors mixed in with some gym sessions. On average, I’m training for around 20 hours a week.

What’s the most important aspect of training for a cyclist?

Consistency! Doing 5, quality 30 minutes riders per weeks is better than going out for 3 hours on a Saturday, slogging it out but doing nothing the other 6 days of the week. It’s also key to try and get some level of indoor workout at least 3-4 times a week, this is where the Wattbike becomes a great training tool for us. Wattbike sessions can be quick, but effective and performance driven meaning we don’t need to spend hours in the gym to get the most out of the training time. 

How does Wattbike training benefit your performance?

Being able to complete quick, effective workouts indoors without the distractions of planning a route, cold weather kit, fuelling, traffic etc is a huge benefit. You can just get on and ride, knowing that the real-time data is still going to push you to deliver an efficient workout.  The bike also has real ride technology so simulates the feel of riding out on the roads and the accuracy and pedalling dynamic metric on the Wattbike make for an incredibly high-quality training session in a short period of time. 

Does it get competitive in training amongst the Huub Wattbike team?

Absolutely! We are all competitive by nature and having more metrics to analyse our performance with means more things to compare against each other and work on improving. Especially if that means the person with the lowest numbers has to do the washing up…. 

Is there any form of training that you would avoid as it would negatively impact your cycling?

I try not to get too crazy about cross training. I don’t run or do any real structured cross training during the off season. I just tend to focus then on doing physical activities that I enjoy. Manual labour around the farm is always good through the winter, that wood isn’t going to chop itself! 

How does your training ensure you peak at the right time to compete?

I follow my coaches training plans to the exact detail. Peaking in performance in time for competition is one of the most difficult aspects to get right but most of it is working with a coach that I trust. That way I can just focus on what I need to do within my training and he can be the one ensuring it works out in time for competition. He writes the workouts, I make them happen! 

What goals are you training towards this year?

After winning in London with the team (which for them was their home crowd) being such a highlight for us all, I’ll now be setting my sights on racing the World Championships in March and then going for several World Records with the Huub Wattbike team in Bolivia in April!


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