Q&A: Bex Rimmington (Team WNT)

VeloUK’s Q & A with the expereinced Bex Rimmington who is part of the Women’s WNT pro cycling team for 2017

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Q&A: Bex Rimmington (Team WNT)

1. How did you get into cycle racing?
Bex: I was teaching swimming at the time when one of the BC Talent coaches suggested that I should consider giving cycling a go, I had a brief spell in triathlon (the kind of natural progression from being a swimmer) before turning to just cycling.

2. What’s your favourite discipline in cycling?
Bex: Road racing and time trialling

3. What is the best thing about bike racing?
Bex: Everything

4. What was the highlight of 2016 for you and why?
Bex: I think it would have to be winning the team award at the Ras na mBan at the end of the season. It had been a roller coaster of a year for me personally and to finish off the season standing on the podium with a great bunch of girls and a team of staff that worked tirelessly throughout the week to look after us was just fantastic.

5. What was your favourite/most fun race of 2016
Bex: Ironically this race was after my toughest race and that would have to be the Mossley CRT Memorial Crit at Tameside – after a shocker the day before (See below) I ended up riding off the front of the field and lapping the bunch. It was quite emotional as I was at rock bottom the day before but also this race was so special for a number of reasons and one being that my partner Simon is the Go-ride Coach for the club who the memorial races are for, so it was a real honour to win the Kirsty Saunders Memorial Trophy as the races were in memory of two of the riders who he had coached.

6. What was the toughest race of 2016 for you and why?
Bex: Last year was a bit of a rough year, unfortunately I ended up with pneumonia and had a few complications which meant I lost a lot of my season – I entered a time trial and it was possibly the worst race I’ve ever done, I climbed off the bike wondering whether I would ever be able to race back at my best again.

7. If there was one thing you learned most in 2016 to help you go faster/better, what was that?
Bex: As a wise coach once said to me – if you have your health then you can train and race at your best – I think 2016 proved that.

8. What is the best piece of equipment (clothing/bike/gadget) to do with racing you are proud of most?
Bex: I would have to say my Rotor Power Meter – its a great bit of kit for training and racing with.


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9. What is your warm up routine for races – rollers or turbo? Music or no music?
Bex: Either rollers or turbo 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?
Bex: I will be staying in the UK for winter miles but we head off for our team camp at the end of February in Spain, so hopefully we will get some sunshine there.

11. When will you start training for 2017 and what comes first – long steady miles or a mix of miles and efforts?
Bex: Training has already started, this year I’m mixing things up a little bit with miles and efforts.

12. What are the goals for 2017?
Bex: To learn, develop and progress as a rider racing in UK & Europe – although the calendar is still to be confirmed hopefully I will be able to support the team and their objectives as well as get a few wins along the way as well.

13. Does winter training consist only of riding the bike or running/swimming/gym work (cross training)
Bex: I normally take a month off the bike at the end of the season and spend a couple of weeks cross training before starting back on the bike again.

14. Finally, what have you learnt over the years to best deal with the winter months on a bike!
Bex: Lots of layers and neoprene gloves!



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