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.
For this instalment of Full Chat we talk to Rebecca “Bex” Rimmington. Bex is Merlin Cycles’ customer services ninja and all-round road racing demon. Time trials, crits, track, tours… you name it, she’ll race it.
Do you ride road, MTB, ‘cross?
I’m a roadie – although I have dabbled in a bit of track racing and cyclo-cross in the past.
How long have you been cycling?
7 years now.
How did you first get into cycling?
I got talent-spotted when I was a swimming teacher in 2006. I was a swimmer originally and I was teaching the British Cycling Talent Team Managers daughter to swim, he said he would like to see how I went on a bike.
Since that day I’ve never looked back. Within nine months of jumping on the bike I was representing Great Britain.
Do you do any other sports?
I was a swimmer originally, medalling at Nationals and representing England in the World Schools relays.
I did a brief stint in triathlon winning European Age Group Triathlon Championships before turning my attention fully to cycling.
A few years ago I started rowing with Nottingham High Performance Centre but went back to two-wheels in the end.
Basically I was doing some physiological testing for rowing at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and one of the cycling physiologists saw me on the machine and sat down to have a talk with me about going back to cycling
Where do you ride most?
During the summer months, mostly out on the roads. We have some of the best roads in Lancashire for training – Pendle Hill, Waddington Fell, Trough of Bowland – on our doorstep.
However in the winter months I’m mostly locked away in the dungeon on a turbo trainer.
What’s your favourite ride?
Somewhere hot and sunny with a great big climb with lots of hairpins.
What bike are you riding most at the moment?
I’m currently racing on my Merlin Cycles team bike Sensa Giulia.
What was the last bike you got?
My team bike.
Although working in the Merlin Cycles shop I’ve got my eye on several at the moment! Although I think I’m banned from having anymore.
What’s been your best race so far?
There’s been so many and all for different reasons, I’ll pick my three:
My first win – I was lucky enough to be mentored on the track by Trinidad sprinter Elisha Greene. He taught me all about track racing in a few weeks. At the last Scunthorpe track league I came out the final exit to sprint past all the men and win. That was a cool moment.
Winning bronze at the World Paracycling Road Race Championships – Lora and I had been riding together for six weeks and when we crossed that line and realised what we did we were overcome with emotion. Even our coach at the time tried to remain composed but couldn’t. Standing on the podium wearing your national colours watching the flag fly for your country – I can’t describe how that feels.
RideLondon GP – this last weekend racing outside Buckingham Palace, I truly got goose bumps. A couple of times I did double takes and looked at the Palace then told myself to knuckle down. This weekend possibly proved how much I want to race at this level.
Ooooo one more please – Tour of Islamabad, racing up a mountain whilst the roads were being built with camels at the side of the road… that was one amazing race!
What are your strengths?
Organisation, determination and I love what I do.
I can’t tell you that – people are reading, its like Superman’s kryptonite.
How often do you ride a week?
How do you set your bike up? Is there anything you like to have ‘just so’?
I’ve had a couple of bike fits on my road and time trial bike. I always have to race with a clean bike – I’m convinced the people on our street think we have OCD as we’re forever outside cleaning them with our Fenwicks cleaner.
What do you take with you on a ride?
Middle jersey pocket has waterproof and mini pump. Left pocket – food supplies. Right pocket – mobile and keys.
Then I have my saddle pack on my bike with inner tubes, tyre levers, multi-tool and chain links.
During the winter I always take a second pair of gloves with me.
Are you a tyre freak?
I’m a big fan of Continental tyres. Love my Gators for winter training. Force/Attack for racing on clinchers and competition tubulars.
Favourite piece of cycling clothing?
Do you Strava?
Nah – I don’t have enough time to chase best times on climbs, that’s why I race.
Are you a fervent Social Media user?
Why do you ride?
I love seeing the views from places that most people will never see.
To get to the top of a mountain and stand above the clouds, to find different paths and trails when you ride off road, to meet such a different array of people from all over the world but all who have the same passion.
Also to drink coffee and eat cake at the café.