Q&A: Alexander MacRae (Pro Vision)

Question and answer with Scotland’s Alexander MacRae of the Pro Vision Clothing racing team

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Q&A: Alexander MacRae (Pro Vision)

Alexander says the best thing about his team is that it enables him to ride with some of the best riders in Scotland.

1. How did you get into cycle racing …
Alexander: After watching Bradley Wiggins win the Tour De France in 2012. I was a golfer before that but a wrist injury put an end to that.

2. What’s your favourite discipline in cycling?
Alexander: The Track Team Pursuit.

3. What is the best thing about bike racing?
Alexander: Meeting new people and getting to travel around the country

4. What was the highlight of 2016 for you and why?
Alexander: I managed to get a PB in the Kilo in the Scottish Junior/British Junior and Scottish Senior Championships

5. What was your favourite/most fun race of 2016
Alexander: Winning my first Junior Road Race at my first attempt.

6. What was the toughest race of 2016 for you and why?
Alexander: The Spokes Kingdom Classic In Fife. I made a good start but and was going well in the second stage but fatigue set in quickly and I was never able to get back into it which was a big blow.

7. If there was one thing you learned most in 2016 to help you go faster/better, what was that?
Alexander: To go as fast as you can for as long as you can and never give up.

8. What is the best piece of equipment (clothing/bike/gadget) to do with racing you are proud of most?
Alexander: I Have a new set of Carbon Tubeless Wheels built by The legend Al Gow at wheelcraft.
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9. What is your warm up routine for races – rollers or turbo? Music or no music?
Alexander: Rollers for the Track and Road Races and Turbo for TT Racing and always with music.

10. Will you stay in the UK to prepare for next season during the winter or get in a training camp or two abroad to get in some serious miles?
Alexander: I am off to Spain in February with some of the North East Hitters but a lot of Track work will come before that.

11. When will you start training for 2017 and what comes first – long steady miles or a mix of miles and efforts?
Alexander: Mostly Track work doing Kilo and Team Pursuit practice combined with fairly long road rides and Roller Sprints.

12. What are the goals for 2017?
Alexander: To improve as a rider and capitalise on all the great coaching I have had. Early season will be the British Track Championships in Manchester at the end of January.

13. Does winter training consist only of riding the bike or running/swimming/gym work (cross training)
Alexander: Yes, only on the bike and sleeping a lot does you no harm either!

14. Finally, what have you learnt over the years to best deal with the winter months on a bike!
Alexander: Just make sure you do it and try and eat some hot Porridge before you go out and if you can afford it buy a Goretex Rain Jacket and Overshoes and mudguards are a must.



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