full chat – slang for ‘full throttle’.
(at) full chat
with maximum energy or force; at top speed.
synonyms: (at) full speed, (at) full pelt, as fast as one’s legs can carry one, at a gallop, helter-skelter, headlong, hotfoot, post-haste, hurriedly, hastily, wildly, pell-mell, impetuously, recklessly, rashly.
With the race season in full swing we thought it was high time we (re)introduced some of our sponsored riders and caught up with how things are going with them at the mo.
In the second part of this chat series, we talk to 17 year old Alex Sheehan about her racing and riding.
What’s your favourite ride?
My favourite ride is with the “Saturday Boys”. It’s a great social ride with a bit of competition as well; a race to the coffee stop (this is of the upmost importance, as it determines your position in the queue for coffee!) and a race up the hill and back into town.
What bike are you riding most at the moment?
My BeOne Diablo of course!
What’s been your best race so far?
12th place in the Junior National Road Race Championships in Rydale.
Favourite piece of cycling clothing?
My signature pink Oakleys. I joke that they are my “focus glasses” that help me to get in “the zone”.
Do you Strava?
Nooo, if I was on strava, things would get way too competitive. There would never be such a thing as a recovery ride ever again!
Do you ride road, MTB, ‘cross?
I am predominately a road rider, in the past I have raced on the track, also I have dabbled in cyclo-cross as it is great for building legs of steel.
How long have you been cycling?
I have been cycling competitively around four years now. I started as a youth B rider at the age of 13.
How often do you ride a week?
In the winter when I am in a big block of training it can be seven days a week.
However in the summer, when the racing kicks in, sessions are more about maintenance; recovering well and preparing for the next race, so the training load is reduced.
Do you do any other sports?
Previously I have done a range of sport, to name a few: cross country, hockey, judo, netball, cricket and triathlon.
After falling in love with cycling though, these sports fell by the way side. I now focus purely on cycling.
What do you take with you on a ride?
Essentials to take with me are: a saddle bag containing, an inner tube, tyre levers and a multi tool.
In the back of my jersey I carry a race cape, mini pump, phone, emergency/coffee money and a range of bars and gels depending on the ride I plan to do.
Are you a tyre freak? Do you have any favourite tyres?
Yes, I may be a tiny bit of a tyre freak. For me it’s Continental all the way. I was really pleased when my Merlin Team bike arrived that it was speced with Continental Grand Prix 4000s. Bonus!
Why do you ride?
I ride because I love it. My Dad is always amazed at how excited I get when I receive my training plan from my coach. The more pain the better.