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.
Kicking off the series, we talked to Laura Morgan and fired her a quick Twenty Questions kinda thing. She’s only been riding seriously for less than two years but is already putting in some fine results.
26. I’ll be 27 at the end of the month though!
2. Do you ride road, MTB, ‘cross?
I ride road & TT mainly, but this winter I’ll be dabbling in MTB racing.
3. How long have you been cycling?
Since March 2012.
4. How did you first get into cycling?
Originally my employer at my old company in London wanted to gather a team together for a charity run at the HotChillee Alpine Challenge. I’d never done anything like that before and really wanted to do something that would change my lifestyle for the better… so here I am!
5. Do you do any other sports?
No, I follow some motorsports. I’m slightly tempted to do an XC duathlon here later in the year.
6. Where do you ride most?
The Isle of Man. Apart from that, my racing is normally centralised around Lancashire and Yorkshire. I’ve a whole second home there and love seeing all my buddies from “abroad” at races.
7. What’s your favourite ride?
Anything here on the Isle of Man, especially if it involves a climb with a view.
8. What bike are you riding most at the moment?
The stunning Sensa Guilia that Merlin has kindly provided!
9. What was the last bike you got?
The Sensa Giulia.
10. What’s been your best race so far?
I recently came in as 1st lady in a local 25 mile TT, so that has to be the best so far.
I’d probably also say the last event at Pimbo organised by CDNW racing. It was the first road race where I’ve been able to really stick at the front and put in some big efforts. It felt great to finally be able to ride aggressively rather than just sitting in or holding on.
11. What are your strengths?
Power on the flat, sustained accelerations & timetrialy type efforts.
12. Any weaknesses?
Climbing! I can be a bit timid in the bunch sometimes too; I need to harden up a bit.
13. How often do you ride a week?
On average around six days per week. If there’s loads of racing on sometimes that drops to five to get recovery in.
14. How do you set your bike up? Is there anything you like to have ‘just so’?
Every bike I own has to be fitted properly. I’ve been badly injured in the past so I always take my bike to our local bike fitter here. I also have to do my own bar-tape – I’m a bit OCD about that.
15. What do you take with you on a ride?
It depends on the ride. If it’s a short training session: just my phone – so I can call my other half to pick me up if either myself or my tyres blow!
If it’s a leisure ride then usually a bit of food, my phone, a tube, levers and pump plus any extra clothing I might need if it’s due to rain.
16. Are you a tyre freak?
Michelin Pro 4’s. I actually use them all year round.
17. Favourite piece of cycling clothing?
I have a Buff with the three legs of Mann on it. That’s probably my favourite!
18. Do you Strava?
19. Are you a fervent Social Media user?
20. Why do you ride?
Because I love it!