What does he remember about his first race? “My first race was a undulating 5 mile time trial which I did when I was 15 years old. It took me over 18 minutes! I remember that some of the other riders had the most fabulous bikes compared with mine. The first pack race was a handicap near High Wycombe, I set of in the first group and kept dropping my companion but slowed knowing that being in a group was important. I won the prime on the 1st lap then on the 2nd lap I punctured!”
The national Veterans Championship is up there with Brooks’s best results, some 25 victories on the road include beating Professional riders “Which is always nice”
What about training ?
“It’s Very much more scientific. It used to be based on time on the bike, then heart rate monitors came in and now power monitors. I work in IT and love technology so tend to adopt technology that can help me earlier than most.”
And what next ?
“The vets championship was my big target - I can be very single minded. I plan to race through to October, but no single objective.”
National Veterans Championship LVRC 45-49 yrs
1. Simon Brooks
2. Simon Alexander