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Team howies: Leif Lampeter Q&A

  • Posted by alex
  • 14 November 2011

Leif Lampeter rides for team howies

Following our success in the Madison TT at Revolution Round 1, we thought you might enjoy a quick 1 to 5 with Team howies' Leif Lampater.

Why the lairy shorts? Well, normally German Six-day man Leif is found training in his hometown of Rosenheim and rides for RSV Irschenberg.

Putting our first track team together meant picking from a list of riders. Leif was an obvious choice and stood out when you look at his many successes in German and European championships. The guy lives to race track and was more than happy to fly to Manchester and pull on the howies jersey to lend his experience to our track team.

Despite all the wins he is very grounded and easy-going.
You might find you have a few things in common...

1. How did you get started in cycling?
I started cycling as I was absolutely unable to do any kind of ball sports properly!

2. Where do you ride when you just want to ride for fun?
I just take my about 20year old steel race bike to ride into the city.

3. If you could ride in any event in the world, what would it be?
I'd like to take part in any races happening in all areas of the world - I don't know yet.

4. What do you do to relax before a race?
I just like lying in bed.

5. What do you like to do off the bike?
Trying to get all my computer stuff sorted and working.

Image ©British Cycling

If you've got any other questions for our team, just leave a comment below.

They're dancing in the office

  • Posted by alex
  • 2 November 2011

mark cavendish rides for howies

More on Revolution Round 2 here. #goteamhowies.

Go Team howies

  • Posted by alex
  • 31 October 2011

howies revolution cycling

The first event in the Revolution track series took place on the weekend at Manchester velodrome with the howies team making their track debut.

Team riders Leif Lampater, Jon Mould and Adam Duggleby brought their experience together with future stars, Elli Coster, Amy Hill, Rebecca Hunt, Zac May, Matt Cross and Owen James. The team did us proud against some of the biggest names in track cycling.

They placed really well across all the events, with Leif Lampater and Jon Mould taking the win in the Madison TT, over favourites Team Sky. Good work folks.

1km Madison TT
1. howies – Leif Lampater and Jon Mould 58.980
2. Rapha Condor Sharp
3. Sky Pro Cycling

FS Boys Scratch
1. Chep UK – Jacob Scott
2. howies – Zac May
3. Maxgear – Jake Ragen

Future Stars Girls Scratch 5km
1. Cunga Bikes – Emily Kay
2. howies – Ellie Coster
3. Maxgear Racing – Megan Boyd

Future Stars Girls Points
1. Cunga – Emily Kay 11 pts
2. Maxgear – Megan Boyd 5 pts
3. howies – Ellie Coster 5 pts

After the weekend's race, Team howies are sitting in 5th position overall with 3 events to go. A full write up of the weekend's race can be found here.

Catch highlights of Revolution tonight on ITV4 at 7pm and you can follow Team howies on twitter with @howies and @RevolutionUK using the hashtag #goteamhowies.

Recap with words from team rider Leif Lampater - straight from the horses mouth coming soon on brainfood...

Winning Microadventurers

  • Posted by alex
  • 28 October 2011

After much deliberation, the long-awaited winners from our Microadventure competition are named and famed below.

A huge thanks to everyone who took part and we hope you had as much fun as we did.

Microadventures let anyone plunge into a world of cheap Credit Crunch adventures. Adventures that are close to home, which are fun, affordable, easy to organise and designed to get you doing and experiencing things that would normally pass you by.

This competition was a great reason for howies to invite Alastair Humphreys up for a Microadventure of our own and if you missed it, the video is here.

We asked you to get out there and do your own Microavdenture and send us your story. For us, these four stories really captured the spirit of Adventure and we've thrown in an honorable mention to the good folk in Japan for their unique video approach.

Enjoy - in no particular order:


Tom Allen - Zone 1 Microadventure


Luke & Brooke - London to Lewes


Simon Edwards - South Downs


Ariel & Emma - Belfast

Runner Up

Rob Thomson & Co - Sapporo, Japan

If you're one of our winners, please drop us a line on info@howies.co.uk to claim your prize.

howies Join the Revolution

  • Posted by alex
  • 26 October 2011

revolution

Track cycling has been around a while. Since at least 1870.

Back then, it was all about the bikes and the thrill of speed – things we at howies know and love.

Since then, the bikes may have gotten lighter and the outfits a bit tighter, but there at the heart of it all, it's still about pedal power and the pursuit of speed.

That’s why this winter, howies is supporting British cycling and making our debut in the Revolution Track Series at the National Cycling Centre Velodrome in Manchester.

With big names like David Millar riding in a howies jersey and races broadcasting on ITV4, we can't wait to get started and see the howies track team in the middle of it all, on their bikes, going fast.

The Revolution series starts this weekend at 19:00 on Saturday 29th October.

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

  • Posted by alex
  • 6 October 2011

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Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

A great loss...

Merino in the field

  • Posted by alex
  • 18 August 2011



My friend Tim just got back from an expedition to Greenland. He's often off to the remote reaches of the fjords to take photos of calving fronts. Sometimes he camps with colleagues, sometimes they stay in a research station.

Despite what you might think, the temperature is mid teens in the day time but gets down close to zero at night. So he wears our merino. He swears to me he wore his yellow NBL for the full three week trip and only washed it once. Hopefully the pants (no photos of those) did him proud too... I won't ask if he wore them for 3 weeks straight! "Amazing" was the word he used most.

Sometimes, we're all so busy running and riding in our merino, I forget it's a good thermal layer too!

Thanks for the debug Tim.


Kayaking Around Wales

  • Posted by alex
  • 17 August 2011



Next month, a few of our friends will be setting off on a 650 mile adventure to circumnavigate Wales by sea kayak.

This back-to-basics trip using only will-power, kayaks and tents is to help support the work of the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre. We've got onboard and sent them some merino to keep them warm at night and cool when battling the tide. You can get involved by donating to the cause and helping everybody downstream by supporting the great work of CBMWC.

They will be leaving Newport, Pembrokshire next month and heading North to the wild waters of Anglesey. When they reach Chester, the route heads inland using the canal systems to make their way down past Gloucester and back to the sea. Their journey back to Newport concludes through the tidal races of Pembrokeshire and a well earned pat on the back!

Spread the word and watch out for updates from the boats via podcasts on brainfood soon.

Cardigan Skate Jam

  • Posted by alex
  • 16 August 2011


In town this weekend? Show your support for your local skate park and riders and head down to the skate park between 2-6pm this Saturday. BMX and skaters will be demonstrating their flow and style with music, a BBQ and soft drinks on sale.

Entries are £2.50, with all proceeds going towards Genesis Research Trust.

There're a couple of howies tees and other great prizes up for grabs for the winners and runners-up.

Fancy entering? Competition categories are: Under 13's / 13 - 16 / 16 - 20 & 20+.

Download the competition poster here.

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