We're entering our second year fuelling UCI Europe Tour team Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes. 2018 had so many highlights for the team, particularly the Tour de Yorkshire stage win & Sprints Jersey at the Tour of Britain. We caught up with some of the riders to find out a bit more about them.

Jacob Hennessy

Jacob is a new recruit this year joining from Mitchelton-BikeExchange. A previous winner of U23 Gent Wevelgem, Jacob has already proven himself on the big stage. With the sprints prize from a long day in the break at Challenge Mallorca already to his name this year, we are looking forward to seeing what else this young rider has in his locker this season. We asked him:

What has been your biggest nutritional fail in either racing or training? 

“I have had a lot. The first time I ever went for a bike ride with a club, I left with no water, no food and no money, I also hadn’t had breakfast. I was in world of hurt, and learnt a big lesson that day.”

Instagram: @jacobhennessy96

Robert McCarthy

Rob joins the team from JLT Condor (who were previously OTE Fuelled). A previous winner of stages of the RAS & Sun Tour, Rob is no stranger to getting his hands in the air. A frequent wearer of the Irish national kit, Rob was in action at last year European Championships in Glasgow. We’re looking forward to seeing his fast finish in Canyon dhb colours this season. We asked him:

If you’ve just finished a savage stage race, what food and/or drink do you most want to get your hands on?

“Large burger and a pint! But no in all seriousness an OTE Whey Recovery Shake with plenty of protein and carbohydrates is first priority after a hard stage/race. If there is no racing the next day then maybe I would get that burger for dinner.”

Instagram: @rdmnrob

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Alex Paton

It’s another year with the team in blue for Alex and another year using OTE products. One of our most memorable results of the whole season last year was watching Alex duke it out for the overall Sprint Jersey at the Tour of Britain in September. Some perfectly timed efforts on the streets of London saw him seal the victory on the final stage! Such an outstanding result for Alex and the whole team and surely something they will try match in 2019. We asked Alex:

Which OTE product do the riders want to get their hands on the most at races?

“The most fought for OTE products is a close call between Vanilla Duo Bars for their amazing taste and quality carbs (I wish I could have these all the time) and the 100mg caffeine gels. With most crits being in the evening and close to an hour, the guys are always after a big caffeine boost.”

Instagram: @alexpaton123

Stijn De Bock

One of two Belgian riders to join the team this year is Stijn De Bock. He brings with him a wealth of experience from racing in the motherland of cycling, and with the team also having more race days on the continent this season, he will certainly be an asset. He has previously been National Champion (Elite without contract) and has had a number of impressive podiums in high profile UCI races. We asked him:

When travelling to races, what snacks do you pack to stop you getting hungry?

“When I’m travelling I take with me a high carbohydrate meal to snack on. So something like a baguette with cheese and jam.”

Instagram: @bocksken

Rory Townsend

Rory has been a staple in previous reincarnations of the what we now know today as Canyon dhb, and has grown as a rider with this team. He is no stranger to getting himself in a breakaway and getting a jersey on his back to show for it. An integral part of the winning Tour Series Team in 2018 & the success at the Tour of Britain, Rory is a very diverse rider that will no doubt be a big contributor to the teams success this season.  We asked him:

If you were a contestant on Come Dine With Me, what could you cook to impress? And what would your party trick be to keep your guest entertained?

“I’d start with some seafood, prawn gambas is hard to get wrong, then a chilli con carne so I’ll have leftovers for when they leave! I’m not a big sweet guy so I’d probably do a cheese board to finish. Party trick I’d make cocktails, guaranteed good time.”

Instagram: @rory_townsend

Callum Macleod

Callum is a fresh, new face in the team this year & certainly has youth on this side. Over the past few years he has split his time between cyclo-cross and road racing. Summer 2018 saw Callum gain a bucket of international experience (and fantastic results). He backed this up with a very successful CX season with a 3rd place elite at Irvine National Trophy being a stand out moment. We’re in no doubt all this will set him up well for a great season ahead with Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes.

What is your go to pre race breakfast? Do you always have the same thing or do you mix it up?

“My pre race breakfast hasn’t changed for the last two years now. I always have porridge, around 600g. I do change what I have in it though. If I’m feeling healthy i’ll have blueberries, raspberries and honey. However sometimes I do love a big spoonful of chocolate spread in it.”

Instagram: @_callummacleod

Jacob Vaughan

Jacob has already opened the teams winning account for this year at the Perfs Pedal at the beginning of February. What a way to start with the team. After a year with Lotto Soudal U23 Development team Jacob has built on his success as British Junior National Champion. Young but hungry for success we’re excited to see what the rest of the season holds for Jacob as part of this team. We asked him:

When you’re riding do you prefer to use Energy Gels, Drinks or Bars/ Normal food to get your energy? Does it differ between training and racing?

“When I’m training I tend to use 2 bottles. One with a Hydro Tab for electrolytes and one with Energy Drink. Then I will have a Duo Bar or Protein Bar every hour of my ride. I will use a caffeine gel if I have a really hard session to complete.

When I’m racing I predominantly us Normal/Caffeine Gels and Duo Bars which I try eat every 45 minutes. This is followed by the new Super Carbs Energy Drink which provides me with plenty of fuel for the race. Post race I will have a Chocolate Whey Protein Shake followed by a protein bar on the way home.”

Instagram: @jacobvaughan14

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