It’s been almost six months since we last had a chat with Superdry-sponsored cyclist, James ‘Hank’ Lowsley-Williams, so we hopped on our Superdry 10-Speed and tried to track him down! With a schedule that includes rigorous training, being an ambassador for Team UK Youth and competing in a whole host of races, we managed to grab five minutes with James to ask what he’s been up to.
“The start of this year was eventful to say the least! After meeting the full new Team UK Youth 2012 pro team, I was flying out to Florida to stay with Formula One legend Nigel Mansell for a fun yet extremely hard-working, three-week training camp; it certainly wasn’t a holiday. Shortly after that we were back on the road again, only this time we were heading to Gran Canaria.
The team and I were involved in two gruelling training camps to increase our base fitness. Every day was spent on the bike and that included a lot of mountain climbing! Despite it being my first experience of a proper structured training camp, it was a great chance to spend time with the new team and prepare for our upcoming races.
We swapped the sun for Southampton where it was time for the first of our two races, called the Perfs Pedal road race. All of Team UK Youth came out of the blocks guns blazing and the team managed to set our sprinter up for a great first win of the season.
Next it was time for my first UCI PRO RACE over in Holland, called the ‘Ster van Zwolle’. With over 200 competitors and 170 km to cover, we knew the race was going to be tough. The crosswinds meant groups of cyclists were scattered all over the road, but we didn’t let that put us off. We were averaging over 48 kph.
This is going to be a great year for myself and Team UK Youth and I’m glad that Superdry are there to share it with me!”
We certainly are, James and we’re behind you every step of the way!
Photographs copyright Adam Tranter