Current National Criterium Champion Anna Henderson is looking to build on an incredibly successful 2018 which saw her represent Great Britain at both the European & World Road Race Championships, as well as tally up many victories along the way. Hard to believe it’s only her 2nd year in competitive cycling, but her years of competitive downhill skiing means she already knows what it takes to be a champion. At the tender age of 19, the sky’s are the limit for Henderson and we’re excited to fuel her this year. So we asked her:
If you were a contestant on Come Dine With Me, what could you cook to impress? What would your evening entertainment be?
“I’m feeling the stress to impress with this answer but I think I would go for:
Starter- Pesto & Goats Cheese Risotto
Main- Lamb with Parsnip and Sweet Potato Mash with Tender Stem Broccoli
Dessert- Homemade Sticky Toffee Pudding with extra sauce (because everyone needs extra sauce!)
And for entertainment, I’d get everyone playing the After Eights Game. You know the one where you have to get the chocolate from forehead to mouth without touching it.”
Abbie joins the team from the Team GB Academy programme and with that brings a wealth of experience in both international track and road racing. Previous National Champion on the Track, Abbie has already been to Australia for the Melbourne Six Day this year and with a few more international Track meets coming up, she will no doubt start the road season with some great form. Our question for Abbie was:
What has been your biggest nutritional fail during training and/or racing?
“My biggest nutrition fail is just generally not eating or drinking enough on the bike. Over the years I have had many moments in training and racing where I have under fuelled and made it a lot harder for myself. I particularly remember doing this at the Tour de Yorkshire last year. I rode myself into the ground and had nothing left up the last climb.”
Despite being young Emily has already had some fantastic experiences that she will no doubt build upon this year. Originally from an off-road back ground and previously a rider on the GB U23 MTB Academy, Emily has already raced both nationally & internationally at the highest level. This winter she switched her focus to Cyclocross and has been racing for TP Racing alongside U23 World Champion Tom Pidcock, a team we’re also proud to fuel. So OTE products will already be norm for Emily this season as we watch her adapt and grow as a road racer. We asked Emily:
Which OTE products the team most want to get their hands on at a race?
“For me the product the team will want to get their hands on would have to be the OTE Energy Drink. In races it’s always difficult to get the carbs in fast enough so being able to drink it and combine it with hydration is absolutely ideal. And the OTE natural flavouring and pH neutral nature means that it’s easy on the tummy in stage races.”
Charmaine began her cycling career out in Germany when stationed there with the British Army, where she volunteered for a race. Since then she hasn’t looked back! She still works for the British Army and splits her training around this. 2018 saw her win the Inter-service Road Race Championships and show herself as bit of a dark horse in the Tour Series, particularly her 3rd place at Wembley in treacherous conditions. With her eyes on the crits this year Charmaine promises to continue her development in the sport & be a key player in the On Form team. We asked her:
What is your go to pre-race breakfast?
“My pre race breakfast is generally porridge or overnight oats if it’s an early start. I usually make it up with milk and top with pecans, Pip & Nut peanut butter and raspberries. If I want a bit of a change I’ll use a different favour peanut butter or change the milk to apple juice. O and I have a cup of tea of course!
Yorkshire based Gaby Shaw (pretty local to us here at OTE) joins the team with a wealth of experience. From racing at UCI level to being a prominent figure at the front of the National Series races, Gaby rarely misses a move and will be strong addition the Brother UK Tifosi p/b On Form team this year. Road race or Crit, flat or hilly it doesn’t seem to matter, Gaby really is an all rounder. We asked Gaby:
What is your top nutrition tip for anyone new to cycling?
My top tip would be to make sure you eat breakfast before cycling. Porridge make a perfect pre-rider breakfast because it contain slow-release carbohydrates. Then remember to take on additional food regularly, even before you think you might need it as you need to keep your energy stores topped up. There’s nothing worse than running out of energy and “bonking” as most cyclists say. Not fuelling correctly will affect your performance so eat every hour and stay hydrated to get the most out of your cycling!”
We know Becks from her previous two years on the UCI Drops Cycling Team, and we also know that she is an absolute Pocket Rocket! A relatively late starter in the world of cycling but you wouldn’t know it! She has already racked up some very impressive results, sprinting against the worlds best on the international stage as well as taking many memorable victories domestically. A bunch sprint and crit specialist, we wouldn’t want to be racing Becks to the line but we’re really chuffed to have her OTE Fuelled for another season. We asked her:
You’ve just finished a savage stage race -What food do you most want to get your hands on immediately after?
“After a savage stage race my go to food is the OTE Soya Strawberry Recovery Drink as soon as I’m over the line. It’s such an easy way to get in those much needed calories before I begin the post race routine of getting changed and on the road. Stage racing leaves you feeling ravenous so I always have a Chocolate Orange Protein Bar stashed in my kit bag as a tasty snack for the way home. Then I love a good savoury meal such as a pasta or rice dish, or if it’s the end of the season, a huge pizza!!”
Leah is still relatively new to the world of cycling, but her progression has been quick. From local racing in 2016 to Tour de Yorkshire racing the best in the world in 2018. That’s quite a step up but she has more than taken it in her stride! Previously a competitive runner, Leah will no doubt take another step up again this year and continue to soak up the advice & experience of her team mates. Just back from a training block in Calpe she is eager to get the season underway. We asked her:
When travelling to races, what snacks to you pack for on the way?
“I tend to snack on things like overnight oats, bananas and cereal bars when travelling around my races. Not the most interesting of answers but I think it’s important to stick to what you know works, especially around racing.”
Illi has quietly been making a name for herself nationally and internationally. A string of very classy results in 2018 confirmed Illi as a young talent and certainly one to watch. 5th at Ryedale GP & 5th on GC at Tour de Femini UCI stage race in the Czech Republic suggests that Illi is particularly good when the terrain is hilly. Another year older and another year stronger, we think 2019 could be the year Illi gets on that top step of the podium. We asked her:
When racing & training; whats your preference when it comes to bars, gels and drinks to get your energy?
“I usually stick with normal food an bars when training and save the energy gels for when I’m racing. It’s quite hard to eats solids during racing but I try to start with bars at the beginning when it’s a little easier and then save the gels for when it’s really tough at the end.”
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