Did they enjoy it?
“NO” they chime in unison,
“Don’t like hills but it was good fun” says Alex
Are they better riders than they were twelve months ago?
“Definitely” again in unison!
Both are clearly more confident, Alex in that upfront, alpha male way you would expect from a sprinter, Becs in a more relaxed, measured, thought out style, the XX chromosone perhaps. Both are growing!
“Just to get everyone back on to the programme, a little bit of road, a little bit of track, a bit of gym, last year i did two gym sessions a week now I am up to three, the big focus this year for me is to get big and strong, a lot more powerful. Typically we do an hour, there is quite big focus on squats to get power in the legs and more explosive in the bigger gears”
The training over the winter for Becs is more road focussed:
“More long road rides, it’s not my favourite training but I am getting better, it’s about transferring that stamina onto the track.”
Mention of Rio, Tokyo or beyond is dismissed; these two 17 year olds have their feet on the ground and are looking no further than next week, next year maybe;
“The big aim for next year is to get onto the senior academy, If I meet my targets hopefully I will stand a chance of getting on” says Jolliffe.
“ Its hard to juggle school work and training commitments Its pretty tough at the moment after the holidays getting back into revising, you don’t want to fall behind, we travel to Manchester a lot on training camps its can be hard to keep on top of everything”
Both Alex & Rebecca got their first track experience on a taster session with their school at Bournemouth track. Partly funded by British Cycling the Bournemouth facility played a big part in their progression.
“ It definitely helped us to start, If Bournemouth track was not there we would not be doing it, we would not be in the sport at all, I would not even thought of getting into track cycling without Bournemouth and Calshot, it’s as simple as that”
The Bournemouth Track has struggled to attract riders to is summer racing league but local coaches are nurturing promising youngsters and Alex is well aware of the talent coming through:
“Ali Fielding definitely, he is going to be a strong boy, he is definitely going to be up there I reckon, Charly Calvert again he has had some decent results at nationals this year and Tom Temple is starting to progress, coming through the ranks, hopefully will see him more at national level racing”
Just two more questions before they set off for a few more miles:
“Could not do it without them”
Is it still good fun?
“Of course it is”
*Rebecca will be riding the Revolution Track series this winter, Alex will, if selected.
British Cycling Academy Riders 2015/16
Blaine Ridge Davis