Q & A: Clare Ross (The 5th Floor CC)

Clare Ross of the womens team, the 5th Floor CC, reveals that cyclo-cross is her favourite discipline and in 2017 some adventures lie ahead …

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Q & A: Clare Ross (The 5th Floor CC)

1. How did you get into cycle racing …
Clare: I’m not exactly sure how I worked up the courage to start racing. I think probably a lot of support/hassle from friends at Brixton cycles and the awesome facilities at Herne Hill velodrome where I did my first track and cross race, within a week of each other.

2. What’s your favourite discipline in cycling?
Clare: Cyclocross

3. What is the best thing about bike racing?
Clare: Heckling the mens race after, team mates, adrenaline and post-race pizza.

4. What was the highlight of 2016 for you and why?
Clare: I cycled through Malawi with some friends who were on a mammoth trip to support cricket without boundaries. The cycling and company were awesome and Malawi gin is surprisingly delicious.

5. What was your favourite/most fun race of 2016
Clare: London x league team champs was ace – smashing round a course with loads of team mates all shouting encouragement at each other.

6. What was the toughest race of 2016 for you and why?
Clare: I did 3 Peaks for the first time this year. It was a spectacularly beautiful, bleak and brutal five hours.
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7. If there was one thing you learned most in 2016 to help you go faster/better, what was that?
Clare: This might sound stupid but REST.

8. What is the best piece of equipment (clothing/bike/gadget) to do with racing you are proud of most?
Clare: No competition: My Mercredi cx bike made by my teammate Ads with wheels hand built by Charlie at Seabass.

9. What is your warm up routine for races – rollers or turbo? Music or no music?
Clare: I’m not pro enough for any of that…normally three trains and some peanut butter sandwiches.

10. How do you manage your sport and working?
Clare: Not very well: I find it’s a balance/struggle of trying not to do too much mid week, so you’re not broken for Sunday’s cx race.

11. Finally, what are the goals for 2017 and when will you start racing?
Clare: I think my plans for 2017 involve being taken to big school in some national cx races and going on some adventures with friends.



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