Xmas Feature – Q&A with Jack Rees


Yet another (more to come) Q & A Xmas Feature, this time with Jack Rees (Achieve Cycling Team)

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Xmas Feature – Q&A with Jack Rees

1. What races are you looking forward to most next season?
Jack: The usual races on the British Calendar; the Rutland, Beaumont Trophy, the Chorley GP which was an excellent event this year. Combined with some good hard racing up in Scotland, the Anderside Classic and the Drummond Trophy.

You know you’re getting a good hard race in Scotland. This year we have a much broader calendar comparable with some of the UCI teams I would say with a range of races in Europe, Africa and Asia to compliment what we do in the UK and provide opportunities and life experiences for our young riders to try to take it to the next step.

2. What were your highlights in 2015?
Jack: We ended the season with a stage race in China then an International criterium in Hong Kong, which certainly ended the year on a high. But throughout, the team gelled really well and won some good races as well as increasing the level of performance at a National A level.



3. What race was the most fun in 2015 and why?
Jack: Most, there was a really good atmosphere on the team, more relaxed potentially than in other teams but that’s something that works for us. In my opinion you’re more likely to buy into something if you’re doing it with people you like and respect.

If I was forced to choose I would say the Milk Race/GA Bennett weekend with the Saturday night involving a questionable nightspot in Grantham but the team still delivering in the race on the Sunday!

4. What’s the best piece of advice you have been given?
Jack: Look after your bike, make easy sessions easy and hard sessions hard, do other things to supplement your cycling.

5. How will you spend December on the bike – at home or abroad, long miles only or a mixture of intervals and miles and bike only or gym/cross training too?
Jack: Its fairly quiet from the end of the season, which for us was mid-October. A gradual restart in training with a bit of specific work but predominantly just hours on the bike.

Six riders are heading to Qatar to do a four-day race there from December 16th so they have been doing a bit more race specific work. From January, we have a villa in Calpe for 8 weeks so most of the team will drop in and out to ensure we can get some quality work done ahead of the season.

7. If you could have any cycling related Xmas present – what would it be!
Jack: Some settled weather, for the group to gel in a similar way to last year and of course wins on the bike!

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