Q&A: Becky Longthorp (Team Boompods)

Quiz time with new signing at Team Boompods, Becky Longthorpe, a second category rider who is hoping to do all of the Tour Series

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Q&A: Becky Longthorp (Team Boompods)

VeloUK: How did you get into the sport of cycling?
Becky: When some gym friends suggested we all did a sponsored bike ride, I dusted off my dads old racer off and I was hooked!

VeloUK: Full time rider, student or working?
Becky: I run my own Sports Massage business.

VeloUK: Best result for you in 2018?
Becky: I won the Brownlee Summer Crit.

VeloUK: Best organised/fun race you did in 2018?
Becky: Women’s Masters RR at Oakenclough

VeloUK: Toughest race of 2018?
Becky: Ras Na Ban
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VeloUK: Best moment in a race in 2018?
Becky: Competing the final stage of the Ras!

VeloUK: Do you train alone or have others to help you get through the ride
Becky: I like to mix it up. If I’m doing lots of short efforts, I tend to do these solo and for longer efforts, I like to get friends out for the race ride

VeloUK: In the winter, training on the road or indoors?
Becky: Both. Last year I mostly trained on the roads but this year I have a better turbo set up. It’s great to jump on the bike so quickly and been able to play my music loud (sorry neighbours!)

VeloUK: How many hours on the bike can you fit in during an average winter training week?
Becky: 8-15hrs

VeloUK: Is there any off the bike training (running/swimming/gym etc)?
Becky: Core, stretching, gym and swimming

VeloUK: Do you train with any gadgets (Heart rate/power) or just go on ‘feel’ of the ride?
Becky: I’m a gadget queen! Loveeee my Vector pedals. I always use a HR strap too.
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VeloUK: What bike do you train on?
Becky: Cervelo S5

VeloUK: What are your key goals for 2019
Becky: I’d like to get stuck into as many stage races and hope to do all the Tour Series

VeloUK: Favourite pre race meal?
Becky: Porridge with peanut butter, banana and honey

VeloUK: Favourite race drink?
Becky: Torq Energy – Grapefruit

VeloUK: Best one thing you learned about racing in 2018?
Becky: To stay super focused at all times as things can happen quickly!

VeloUK: Favourite professional to watch on tele (male or female) and favourite race(s) you like to watch and inspire you?
Becky: I love watching the Tour of Britain and watching Lizzie Deignan racing the Tour De Yorkshire in 2017 was awesome!


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