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...

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.

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.

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.

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