Last year we took on the superb and talented youth team Velocity GlobalBike, as we supported them through their 2015 season. We’re looking forward to continuing this partnership into next year, and with the off-season under way, we decided to catch up with one of the boys Matt Walls to see how his winter training is going. See this as a teaser if you like, as later in 2016 we’ll be giving you more insight, news and advice on reaching the top. Keep your eyes peeled folks!
My names Matt Walls aged 17, and I ride for Velocity GlobalBike Youth team. I am also fortunate enough to be a part of the GB Junior Academy squad for 2016. Riding both road and track, I have already reached some pretty momentous achievements for such a young age, and I have to say the highlights of my career so far are my four National titles in both Youth & Junior ranks.
Winter Training programme:
Here’a a little insight into my winter training. As a full time student, I have to be well organised when planning my training sessions to make sure I balance both training and academic needs into my weekly plan.
Each Sunday I map out the forthcoming week, and with one eye on the weather, I schedule in all of my training sessions in conjunction with my British Cycling coach, mixing both track and road sessions into each week.
I also aim to do two strength and conditioning sessions per week, one of which is a circuit training class at my local gym.
- Saturday 3.5 hour road ride
- Sunday 4 hour road ride
- Monday Rest day (circuit training)
- Tuesday Track league
- Wednesday 1 hour turbo / roller session
- Thursday 3 hour road ride
- Friday 1 hour turbo / roller session
In the mix
Although this is a weekly plan, it will vary immensely with intensity, ranging from a hard, medium to steady three week roster, allowing time for recovery and being fresh for my GB training camps which take place once a month.
Although the weather can be pretty grim, especially over the Pennines during the winter months, with some advanced planning I can fit in plenty of road miles and leg speed into my routine.
Plans for the year
This year I am going on a 6 day training camp in Tenerife which will give me a break from the winter treadmill and give me good prep for the season ahead.
More from Matt Walls:
We’re delighted to extend our partnership with Velocity Globalbike into the 2016 season. We will be keeping you posted on all things team related in our Velocity GlobalBike series, commencing February 1st. Watch this space.