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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.

The pursuit of speed

  • Posted by alex
  • 8 December 2011

Andy Fenn & Mark Cavendish ride the Madison TT

It's been a while since our long drive to Manchester for Revolution, but the reminder of a signed rainbow jersey in the office keeps the evening's entertainment at the NCC on our minds.

We arrived to a lot of excitement and from the team atmosphere in the pit, you could tell it was going to be a special night.

Mark Cavendish arrived to join Jon Mould, Andy Fenn and Team howies' future stars, Elli Coster, Amy Hill, Rebecca Hunt, Zac May, Matt Cross and Owen James where the theme for the night would be smiles and speed.

The pace throughout the night was unimaginable - you almost forget they're riding fixed wheeled bikes as they fly over the boards, narrowly dodging the wheel of the bike in front.

Owen comes off

Despite a nasty off in the first boys Scratch, Owen rode on through the night with bruised thighs and hips on display through his Welsh shorts.

Team Elimination
1. Rapha Condor Sharp
2. Rouleur
3. howies

1km Madison TT
1. Rapha Condor Sharp
2. Sky Procycling
3. howies

15km Scratch
1. howies – Mark Cavendish
2. UK Youth – Steven Burke
3. Maxgear – Luke Rowe

Jumping 2 places from round 1, Team howies now sit in 3rd place.

There's a good write-up on British Cycling as well as a few days left to catch Team howies in action on ITV Player .

Check list

  • Posted by alex
  • 18 November 2011

revolution round 2

This weekend's Revolution is set to be epic and we're off to Manchester to watch our team do what they do best - ride fast.

Checklist for the weekend :

✓ Tickets
✓ Camera
✓ Sat-Nav
✓ Custom team t-shirts
✓ World Road Champion

You may have caught the excitement here in the office a few weeks ago when we got the news. And now we're faced with a rare thrill of watching the World Road Race Champion, not only racing back on the track, but doing it for howies.

Bringing his experience to the team, Mark is riding with our Academy riders Andy Fenn and Jon Mould (who won the Madison TT at the last meet with Leif Lampater).

With so much talent on display, it is little surprise that demand for tickets has exceeded supply. If you didn't get any, don't worry, we'll report back from the event and you can cheer on the team on twitter with #goteamhowies.

Plus, ITV4 have you covered with hour-long highlights of Cav and the team on Monday 21st at 19.00 and on ITV Player shortly after.

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.

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.

Jonathan Cherry Photography

  • Posted by aron
  • 3 October 2011

Our good friend Chez has been busy recently. He's just added a bunch of new photos to his site, which is certainly worth a good look through.

http://www.jonathancherry.net/

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