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.

Revolution Recap: Leif Lampeter

  • Posted by howies
  • 2 November 2011

team howies revolution 33

I was racing Revolution 33 in Manchester last Saturday. The racing started with a very fast devil scratch as usual. Somehow it started too fast and too hectic for me and I was out after only a few laps.

The next discipline was the 1k Madison time trial - a discipline I know well from Six-day Racing. Jon Mould and myself took off as the second team setting 0:58.89 as the fastest time so far. After waiting for 6 more teams to finish we were still the fastest taking a prestigious win for the Team in the discipline.

The points races at the Revolution are always a team discipline with 3 riders in a team. Adam Duggelby of our team managed to be in a group of three to make up one lap on the peloton soI worked hard to get him in the position for the sprint. He made up some distance, but finished just behind Russel Downing of Sky.

It was a very fast night of racing with a very good crowd in Manchester. I hope to have another chance to race for Team howies at the next Revolution on the 19th of November. With Sky gearing up for the next race with Geraint Thomas, the pace is set to be very hard.

Words: Leif Lampeter
Images: ©British Cycling

Event hightlights available online on the ITV Player.

Who's that girl?

  • Posted by ade
  • 1 November 2011

Hazel started work at howies today helping Louise in our garment technical division.

We first got to know her when she sent us a hand embroidered letter.

Then she raced in our Strath Puffer 24 hour team with Ruben, Hicksey and Alastair Humphreys. She rode the fastest lap and was just beaten to most laps by Alastair.

She's a biker, surfer and snorkler. And has designed her own tech range after graduating form the performance sportswear design course at Falmouth.

I think she will put us to shame at next years bike races. Check out her cross bike.

So when a zip just works, a pocket feels right, a base layer hugs not rubs, a dress dresses you as it should and a loved shirt goes unnoticed on your back day in day out, it's because Lou and Hazel did their work well.

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.

weather warning

  • Posted by ade
  • 24 October 2011

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country bump'kin hell

  • Posted by ade
  • 19 October 2011

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Our ride to work has a 180 degree hair pin bend on a 20% hill.

It's tricky in the dry, slippery with leaves and moss grows in the cracks. It's even hard to make it round in a vehicle.

This morning with leaves, moss, rain and a fresh 10mm layer of mud laid down by tractors Ruben lost the rear end and landed his best bike face down on the tarmac. And cut his leg.

Took him a while to smile afterwards.

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