We would like to introduce you to OTE supported rider Niamh Lewis.
Niamh actually started off her sporting life playing hockey and horse riding. She didn’t cycle but her parents dragged her along to numerous sportives and she reluctantly took part. She would go as far as to say she didn’t enjoy cycling especially after memorable rides like the 2012 Cumbrian Cracker- 65 miles of hills with a bike that was too small for her on one of the coldest, wettest and windiest days in winter. Still she didn’t give up and it was at the Manchester 100 mile where something finally clicked. Despite it being one the longest and most exhausting days of Niamh’s life, she actually realised her enjoyment for cycling. In the space of one year, Niamh got into the world of triathlon and her cycling improved massively as a result of this. She returned in 2013 to Manchester for the 100 miles and completed it at ease and three hours quicker! Her current club is COLT (City of Lancaster Triathlon) and her next two goals are to swim the length of Coniston (5.25 miles) and qualify for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. Niamh recently came a fantastic 2nd at the U20 European Middle Distance Triathlon Champs in Mallorca!
1. What is your favourite OTE product and why?
Vanilla duo bar, I have to avoid putting these in my bag as a mid-afternoon snack and save them for my cycling.
2. What would your pre-race meal be? How long before?
A big bowl of porridge with loads of chia seeds, dried fruit, nuts and a big spoon full of honey. I would usually have it about 2 hours before the off, or if it’s an early start, whenever I get up!
3. In a race, what’s your fuelling strategy? Gels or Bars?
For me it’s got to be OTE energy gels. They are much easier to think about and administer in a race, and I really don’t have an appetite for solid food whilst racing, but I’ll always take a duo bar just in case.
4. What is your favourite training camp destination?
Club La Santa, Lanzarote. One of my all-time favourite places and I always try and fit a week out there in every year. It has so many different sports and classes, and whether you want an intense or easy week training, it has everything, so you’ll never be bored.
5. What’s your favourite café for a café stop and what would you have from their menu?
I don’t often stop at café’s because I’m usually a lone rider! Wallings Farm in Cockerham is always a favourite; it does the best berry cheesecake ice cream, but I recently tried a cherry and almond scone at The Barn in Scorton which has to win the prize.
Thank you for your time Niamh and we hope you enjoy your off season before building up again for next season!
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