• James Harvey Athlete Ambassador

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    James is a triathlete from New Zealand who first got into the sport at school. He talks to Sundried about training and motivation.

    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, the first sport which I pursued from primary and through part of high school was hockey.

    What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

    I started triathlon as a way to get fit for our school's elite team for a multi stage multi sport event, where as a team of 20 we raced over different legs for a week trying to beat the times set by the years before us. I made the team and fell in love with triathlon along the way

    What’s been your favourite race to date and why?

    The first race of the New Zealand season, 'Tinman' in Tauranga. An awesome course with really good moments and memories there.

    And your proudest achievement?

    My proudest achievement was competing as an Age Grouper at world level for the first time at the Duathlon World Championships in 2015. I was 18 at the time and came 15th in my age group. 

    Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?

    My first race disaster was a club duathlon race away from home and I got the bike course wrong. I was in second place out of the first run and had just passed first place very comfortably in the first km, to end up in the back of the pack by the end having done an extra 10km or so on the bike as well as the full course!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Take a stock take of everything that's good in life like family, relationships etc, and refocus on the bigger goal instead of getting fixated on the negatives, and of course surrounding yourself with like-minded people who are dedicated to helping me achieve my dreams

    What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?

    It's the small things done well, like hydration preparation, that makes everything go smoothly, take some deep breathes, relax and show off everything you've worked so hard for!

    What are your goals for 2019?

    For 2019, I'm getting my health and fitness back to a competitive level, returning to competition late November/December. Along with continuing to develop my holistic self, not just fitness.

    Who do you take your inspiration from?

    The greats: Cameron Brown, Jan Frodeno, Mark Allen, Dave Scott, Patrick Lange, and those who mentor me and their ability to always amaze me with great stories from great people who aren't the pros, but our general population just doing absolutely amazing things

    What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?

    I love that it's a quality brand at affordable prices so that up and comers who are on the grind can use good gear. The cycle kit is awesome and the touch screen gloves are perfect for running.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • David Rother Athlete Ambassador

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    David found a love for Ironman triathlon despite suffering during his first race. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.

    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, I've always been doing some sort of sport. Probably not that much some years ago compared with today but I've always felt the need to go out and be active.

    What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

    I used to do cycling races in the past but a time came when I wasn't able to train that much because of a new job. So, I decided that even with little time on my hands during the weeks that I could do some swimming and running sessions in the morning or evening. That plan didn't go too well too long until my passion for the sport grew and I started doing it more seriously and put more and more time into it!

    What’s been your favourite race to date and why?

    I loved doing my first Ironman 70.3 in Luxembourg. I suffered like hell in the end with stomach problems, but that's part of the game I suppose. The whole build up to the race, the whole place just 'being triathlon' for a couple of days was a great experience and it was when my journey really started. 

    And your proudest achievement?

    That has to be IM 70.3 Luxembourg, too! Finishing that race meant so much to me on that day. Proving a lot of people wrong certainly played a part here as well.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?

    Ironman 70.3 Rügen was a really difficult day. I realised on the bike course that it wouldn't be a good day but it all turned from bad to worse on the run. I got the nutrition horribly wrong that day and the days leading up to the race. 
    I thought about giving up that moment until I saw a woman crying because she knew she would make it to the finish line. That again showed how much just finishing the race can mean so I somehow made it. It turned out to be a long and hard day. 

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    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Normally I try to analyse what went wrong and how I can avoid it happening again. Getting advice from a coach can be a big help here, it certainly is for me. After that I just go again, not looking back but looking forward! 

    What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?

    I wish I had started to work with a coach earlier. I tend to train too hard too long in order to make quick progress. A proper training plan can really help and can show that sometimes a rest day can be the best day.

    What are your goals for 2019?

    Thankfully I've already got a sub 1.30 half marathon in the bag.  Finishing an Ironman 70.3 sub 5 hours is my next big target, maybe even getting that World Championship slot!  At the end of the year I want to be there and be sure to make a step to the next level. 

    Who do you take your inspiration from?

    Currently Jan Frodeno is an athlete I look up to. He's a great guy and his professional attitude is second to none in my opinion. 

    Also, Lance Armstrong. I know many people have completely changed their view on him but I wouldn't have ever started to race my bike without his influence, so he still has his place for me. 

    What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?

    Thinking about how much we damage our planet every day, it's great to see Sundried really being different and producing sustainable sports wear from recycled materials, that are of the very best quality! 

    I love the Olperer T-Shirt! It's just so comfortable to wear and dries so quickly. 

    For the future I really look forward to wearing the new aero trisuit.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Grant Dyer Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, since I was 5 years old.

    What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

    A family friend competes in Ironman so I was inspired to give it a go.

    What’s been your favourite race to date and why?

    Winning the open British motocross championship and it meant so much as I suffered an injury during the season but never gave up and managed to still clinch the championship 

    And your proudest achievement?

    Representing some of the biggest brands when competing and being able to give a little back

    Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?

    Broken bones when competing and my first crit race in the elite/1/2/3 category was tough 

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    You have to stay mentally strong and it has to be mind over body every time.

    What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?

    Enjoy the ride and savour the moment a little longer.

    What are your goals for 2019?

    To become an elite rider and earn a national title in mountain bike cross country.

    Who do you take your inspiration from?

    The bad injuries over the years and other athletes who have overcome the same.

    What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?

    I love the fact that it’s been started by an athlete and the brand has awesome values and not forgetting the two eco-friendly ranges.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Sam Jarrett Athlete Ambassador

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    Sam is a triathlete who finished top 5 in his first ever race. He talks to Sundried about life as a triathlete. 

    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes! Before I got into cycling, I was a cross-country and 800/1500m track runner.

    What made you decide to enter the world of cycling?

    I thought I needed a big change from running when I fell out of love with it, and cycling just gave me that new kick which I no longer had for running.

    What’s been your favourite race to date and why?

    My favourite race so far has probably been the Fakenham Town Centre Crit this year - the circuit was fast, technical and really bumpy which made for a really fast and hard race - finishing in the Top 10 was also a bonus!

    And your proudest achievement?

    A top 5 finish in my first ever race was definitely a big one for me, but I'm also happy with my performance at National ITT last year.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?

    We all have our crashes on the bike... It happens, and I think it's important to accept the risk.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    After races where things didn't quite go to plan, or a bad training session, I'll often get my cyclocross bike out and just have a good whip around!

    What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?

    Just go for it! Don't keep saying "I'll do this next month". Just turn up, have a go, and enjoy!

    What are your goals for 2019?

    In June I have the TTT National Championships, shortly followed by the qualifiers for ITT National Championships in July - all being well I'll qualify for Nationals, and I'll have races around the country scattered in between so that I can get enough British Cycling points to get to Cat 3 next season.

    Who do you take your inspiration from?

    I definitely take inspiration from guys like Mathieu van der Poel - he is such a crazy and powerful rider, and really revolutionising the sport - guys like Peter Sagan are also a great reminder of what our sport is really about.

    What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?

    I really love the Cadence cycling kit range - I think the aero fabric kit used looks really cool (and aero gains!) plus the colour and styling makes for a really pro look.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Dan Benford Athlete Ambassador

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    Dan is a keen cyclist who soon got the bug for triathlon after getting back into swimming. He talks to Sundried about challenges and training.

    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes, always! I used to mountain bike as a kid, play football and all the rest!

    What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

    I started swimming again for fitness alongside my cycling at the leisure centre I work at and thought I'd consider triathlon. I went for a few runs as well and got the bug for multi-sport.

    What’s been your favourite race to date and why?

    I'd have to say going back to my road race days on the bike for the tour of Witheridge Moor in 2017. It was an absolute gruelling morning on the bike where the course was so lumpy.

    And your proudest achievement?

    My proudest moment is riding an Everest on my bike on Boscastle Hill (riding to 8848m on one hill continuously in 15 hours!) I did it in memory of my Grandfather who passed away. Read more about Everesting in cycling here.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?

    I've had many an unfortunate crash in criteruim races (not due to my fault or to the point I need stabilisers) so many carbon frames and kit have been destroyed! Not a race but my Everesting was the hardest thing I ever did!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    Keep head strong, be positive and always see that there will be light at the end of the tunnel. Never give up on what you love to do.

    What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?

    Look into coaching further and don't just leap straight in. I went through a spell of bad over-training where training wasn't being analysed properly.

    What are your goals for 2019?

    Stay fit, well, and healthy. Enjoy my new job I am just about to start at Clive Mitchell cycles here in Cornwall (May 2019) and enjoy the upcoming summer getting plenty of events in!

    Who do you take your inspiration from?

    I take inspiration from my family of course but if I had to say an athlete I'd have to say Chris Froome!

    What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?

    The men's skinsuit for cycling! It looks amazing and I'll be ordering one pretty promptly!

    Posted by Alexandra Parren