Xmas Feature – Edward Hatfield (Primera RT)


Junior Edward Hatfield of the primera-sports.com racing team takes on the VeloUK Q&A Xmas Feature challenge

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Xmas Feature – Edward Hatfield (Primera RT)


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1. What was the highlight of 2015?
Edward: My highlight of the 2015 season was winning stage 2 of the Richmond two day classic and the Southdown Velo Goodwood series where I was unbeaten for over 12 rounds. The ‘Ride Moreton’ series near Dorchester provided fantastic opposition in which I regularly finished among the leaders.

2. What races in 2016 do you look forward most?
Edward: The races I am most looking forward to next season are the Junior National Championships because I will be able to measure my progress against my rivals. Also, I look forward to, with eager anticipation, to any competitive race that I can become involved with.

3. What race was the most fun in 2015 and why?
Edward: My most interesting race in 2015 was the Richmond two day classic, which was the most painful and eye opening, yet, rewarding experience to date. This was because I attacked with three miles left and found myself, unexpectedly, in a solo breakaway. To my astonishment, I could see no rivals in the last two hundred meters up the climb to the finish.

4. Best piece of advice you have had?
Edward: My best piece of cycling related advice comes from my Dad. Son “Focus on your training, girls are great to look at but never become involved with one and remember alcohol is for party animals!”

5. Tell us about your winter training bike, what is different about it compared to your race bike?
Edward: My winter training bike is an old alloy entry level bike that my father did the LEJOG on. The drive train is a considerable downgrade to the S-Works Tarmac coupled with Ultegra DI2. Obviously working harder during the winter mouths on the training bike with winter tyres and inferior group set, I must work harder to achieve my objectives.

6. How will you spend December on the bike?
Edward: Winter training will be excellent for me and from last year this is where I managed to improve the most. I love being in the ‘pain cave’ as it were, however the turbo can be a hard task master.

I train to power which means I can train to my functional threshold and anaerobic threshold, to help my body prepare for the suffering and hardship.

My school leAF Elite Athlete Academy has many facilities which include access to watt bikes, cycling coaches, physio therapists, phycologists and strength and conditioning coaches. I believe that I’m in the right place to balance my academic studies along with training. A typical week would consist of the following…

Monday: REST

Tuesday: Strength and conditioning, flexibility routine, functional threshold session, strength and Foam roll routine.

Wednesday: Pyramid interval session and stretching and flexibility routine.

Thursday: Aerobic cycling session, stretching and flexibility routine, strength routine and foam roll.

Friday: Stretching and flexibility routine and cadence session.

Saturday: Base endurance, stretching and flexibility routine, strength routine and foam roll.

Sunday: Base endurance, yoga, walking and stretching and flexibility routine.

I train over seventeen hours a week and use Training peaks to ensure the organisation of my training. In conclusion, I feel that my inclusion into Primera-Team Jobs will benefit both parties and hopefully give me the impetus to propel me onto greater things aided by their expert advice and technical backup.



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