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Competition winners cycle with Ed Clancy

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Posted by Cags R under Cycling on 20 August 2013 at 11:00 PM

This year's Tour de Tribesports was a fiercely fought battle of the sexes - with over 40,000km cycled over 3 weeks, we had to make sure the prizes were as epic as your efforts!

That's why 2 of the boys who logged some very impressive kilometres during the Tour were sent on a once in a lifetime opportunity to cycle with Olympic gold medal winner Ed Clancy. Meet Johnny and Pete!

Pete C with Ed Clancy

Johnny H and Ed Clancy

Johnny's based near London, he's known for his bright yellow cleats and Boardman road bike. Pete is based up in Stockport where he's fortunate enough to have the Peak District close enough to go for training rides.

The Peak District, much as its name would imply, is one of the best areas in the UK to get some hill training in. So when we sent Johnny and Pete off to go on a ride with Ed Clancy, we knew they'd be coming back with some great stories! 

First off, did you pick up any tips riding with an Olympic gold medalist?

Johnny: Yes - no matter what the weather app and everyone else says, still pack a waterproof jacket!! Ed did, I didn't. It poured, He got wet. I got wetter.

As per usual, the Great British weather was there to give the boys a 10 minute downpour to ensure they had soggy feet for the rest of the ride!

The 34 mile route was tackled at around 15mph pace with Ed Clancy floating about amonst the riders to have a chat. 

Ed Clancy Ride - courtesy of 9bar

What was your highlight of the ride for you?

Ed Clancy ridePete: Mam Torr was pretty cool & the downhill of Winnats Pass - very fast. 

Johnny: Highlight of the ride was really just the relaxed & informal nature of the event and the ride itself. Everyone who came along was friendly and I left with a couple of invites to go and ride with people which was lovely.

The day had been organised by 9Bar, a race nutrition company who were some of the sponsors of Tour de Tribesports. Naturally Pete and Johnny were supplied with some goodies to try - so what are they like?

Pete: 9Bars are really good, been hard to save them for my rides! Keep on eating them in the house. 

Johnny: Really like the 9Bar stuff. Felt & tasted much more natural than the Mule bars I've stocked up on. Will be buying more!

Ed Clancy Ride

Last question: who would win in a race, Pete or Johnny?

Pete: Up hill Pete, on the flat unsure! Johnny seemed a tad shocked with the hills "up North", whereas I ride on them regularly.

Johnny: I'm probably going to have to say Pete! He's a bit good! But I have a pretty awesome beard. It's a tough call ;)

A huge thank you to Johnny and Pete for spending their Saturday pedalling in the rain - can't wait for Tour de Tribesports 2014 and more prizes in store!

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