Feature: Jamie Lowden Q & A


Jamie Lowden of Team ASL360 takes VeloUK’s Question and Answer challenge

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Feature: Jamie Lowden Q & A

1. When will you start your road season and what will be the first race?
Jamie: 2016 is looking like it will be a bit complicated with a January move to SW France so not really sure when the first race will be. Would be great if I could get back for Perf’s Pedal in February though as it was a great event last year.

2. What races will be your targets for 2016 and why?
Jamie: The main target for 2016 will be the National Hill Climb in October so plenty of time to prepare LoL. The course this year suits me better than Jackson Bridge so a podium is the big goal. I’ll also be aiming for at least one other “big” TT but I’ve not really decided which one yet, possibly the national 10 or 50, maybe the BCC National Time Trial. I know the team would like to win the BEC CC Road Race, so if I’m around, I’ll be keen to go well there.

3. How will you spend the time on the bike between now and your first race in training?
Jamie: Having raced the two UCI 2.2 stage races in the Middle East in December, my plan is to take it easy for most of January then start building up again in February. Obviously the training will depend on what I finally decide to target in the first half of the year.

4. What was your favourite Xmas present?
Jamie: New TT bike wheels thanks to Upgrade Components and Reynolds.

5. When it rains, which its doing a lot right now, is it turbo time or wrap up and get wet?
Jamie: I’ve been taking it easy after plenty of racing in December so it’s been easy enough to find an excuse not to bother doing anything. If I’ve got some training planned, though I’ll almost always manage to get out eventually, I might just take a bit longer over my breakfast than if it was warm and sunny. Best tip I’ve got for getting out the door is get all your kit on then do 15 minutes on the turbo. At least you’ll start your ride nice and warm.


6. If you could do any race in the world including the best ones in the world etc, what would it be and why?
Jamie: It’s got to be the Tour hasn’t it? I lived in Pau for 5 years and every year the Tour would come and visit. It was a great atmosphere for a few days then it was gone. It would be amazing to be in the middle of it all for 3 weeks. A more realistic race would be the Taiwan KOM challenge – a 100km race from sea-level to 3300m. That sounds pretty sweet.

7. What piece of food can you not do without where ever you are on the road during the season!
Jamie: After a long race or a tough training session there’s nothing quite like a Subway sandwich …

8. What is your favourite music track when warming up for a race or on the turbo?
Jamie: I’ve got a few playlists I switch around but I keep coming back to American Idiot by the Chillis.

9. If given the option, would you prefer normal brakes or disc brakes on your road bike?
Jamie: I’ve done a bit of mountain biking and discs are sweet, except if they get a bit of grit on the pads and start rubbing, then they’re a ‘PITA’. I’d rather stick with rim brakes I think.

10. What’s the spec of your race bike for 2016 and your favourite bits on it?
Jamie: ASL360 has kindly fixed me up with a Kinesis Aithein. So far I’m loving it. I raced it in Dubai and Qatar in December and had riders coming up to me in the peloton asking about it. It’s surprised me a little bit at first being aluminium but it’s a great material for frame building when it’s done well.


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