Team howies: Andy Fenn

  • Posted by alex
  • 19 December 2011

Andy-Fenn

Another 1 to 5 from the howies pit at Revolution. Team rider Andy Fenn gives us a quick insight into riding.

Andy was an obvious choice for the team with his winning record across track and road disciplines, the most impressive we think is his U23 UCI World Championships Bronze medal win.

Riding in the elite category for Round 2, Andy teamed up with Cav for the Madison TT and joined Jon Mould to help bring howies the Rainbow victory in the 15km scratch last month.

Andy's skipped the winter weather on a training camp in Spain and left us a few words before he disappears off Down Under next month on tour...

1. How did you get started in cycling?
I started mountain biking first, my dad got me into that, but there isnt cycling in the family. When I moved to Welwyn I joined the Welwyn Wheelers, and slowly took it more seriously from there, progressing through the British Cycling Programs.

2. Where do you ride when you just want to ride for fun?
I dont really have a favorite route, as you can get bored of the same thing, but its always more fun when you go out with a good group of people you know to a nice cafe on a easy day.

3. If you could ride in any event in the world, what would it be?
Paris-Roubaix.

4. What do you do to relax before a race?
I just try to keep my mind off the race until its time to get ready. When we were in the camper van you can always have a laugh with the other guys so that helps.

5. What do you like to do off the bike?
Meeting up with friends, going out to eat, and just relaxing. Normal things.

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

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.

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.

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.

Coed-y-Brenin

  • Posted by ruben
  • 12 October 2011


Thanks to @maiamedia for sharing this recap of Coed-y-Brenin on twitter.

Things have been so busy here, I almost forgot that I'd ridden the Coed y Brenin enduro a week or so ago. It was a new enduro from the people who brought us the legendary Dyfi Enduro which celebrated it's 10th year in May. 60 & 30k options for riders of all sanity levels.

I turned up to join the 500 or so other riders at the start line for CyB having not touched my mountain bike since Mountain Mayhem in June, so I was only planning to have some fun. I found that I only had a 1.75 ultra-light spare innertube that probably would have served better as a prophylactic than a spare for my 2.1s rolling over what I'd heard was a hell of rock shards (terrain that will sound familiar to anyone who'd ridden Dyfi).

So I set off with the intention of riding smooth and saving my wheels. That didn't go to plan entirely, as I managed to hit a tree stump at about 20k leaving me with a bleeding shoulder and bars akimbo for the next few km til the feed station, where I spent a minute or two recovering.

The rest of the 60k route passed fairly uneventfully for me, with a mixture of big hills, epic views, soggy bits, cliffy bits, and rocky downhills, raising and lowering my spirits in turn until all too soon I realised the car park and the finish line were in sight and the ride was done.

I had thoroughly enjoyed it. Even the bits I cursed. There had been terror, exhilaration, despair, pain, awe, joy and triumph along the way and things got even better when I found I'd finished inside the top 40... I certainly hadn't expected that kind of result when I set out!

Thanks to Joe and all involved in organising such a great event.

If you missed it, there's always the Dyfi next Spring, and I've heard that planning for CyB 2012 is already underway.

Free – Advice Posters

  • Posted by ruben
  • 11 October 2011

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John at Advice to Sink in Slowly has just dropped us a line to say that their free poster scheme is now fully up and running.

If you're a first year student studying in the UK, you can now request a free poster through the Advice website.

We're also happy to announce that the free posters are funded by the proceeds made from the sales of the howies sponsored 'Find Some Place' design by Lizzy Stewart.

The Guardian has posted a gallery of the designs this morning and it's certainly worth a look at the Advice to Sink in Slowly website if you haven't already.

Keep your eyes peeled for more great howies/Advice collaborations...

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.

SAS Raffle - Update

  • Posted by alex
  • 15 August 2011

SAS Thermometer Week 1
A big thank you to everyone who bought tickets in the SAS raffle last week, we're off to a great start.

This week you've raised £1300 towards fighting great causes for our coastline - nice one!

With 17 weeks to go, we need to keep up the pace to hit the £25,000 target by December. If you've bought a ticket or two, you're in the running for £2000 of howies clothes (obviously), so let your friends know tonight over a drink, now with a tweet or on your ride home and let's smash the target.

If you haven't got involved yet, there's a book of tickets going out in every order, or you can get them directly from SAS.

Start building your howies wish list, 'cause £2000 is pretty much a wardrobe full!

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