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Alex Haines

Sport:
Cycling
Level:
GO GOLD Athlete
NGB:
British Cycling
District:
Charnwood
School:
Humphrey Perkins
Achievements from Application:
  • East Midlands Road Cycling Champion
  • Great Britain Cycling Team Olympic Apprentice Rider
  • National Madison Champion

This athlete also receives free leisure facility access from: Charnwood Borough Council & Fusion Lifestyle

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Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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Training with others.

I am lucky to be in Mallorca enjoying the last of the sunshine. I am here training with friends Alfie and Charlotte. Alfie rides a lot! His weekly mileage is easily double mine. I do the minimum training for the maximum gain. So its all efforts effort efforts with me - not so much Alfie. So this week I am doing something different - I am putting in the Kms - hundreds of them and its going to be super hard. I am hoping to do a 200km ride on one of the days - completely unknown territory for me.

20th Oct, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

Disappointment and re-focus

Well, no junior academy for 2018. Despite a great Inter-areas I did not make the selection for the GB Academy. I have known for a couple of weeks. I have to re-focus and move on from this disappointment. My coach and I have made some short, medium and long term goals that are really exciting. The short term goal is the Future Stars Revs at London and Glasgow. This is going to be awesome and I cannot wait. Training starts at half term with a big endurance block - then its speed speed speed.

11th Oct, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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2017 season Done!

Inter area champs at Glasgow. I am still in the confirmation phase of the Junior Academy. A good weekend here and I could be in - a rubbish one and I will be out. Points race up first. I was well up for this race and won it convincingly. This is good for the academy. The only other individual event was the Devil. I came 4th. I just ran out of gas but I got through the hectic bit. Overall 7th for East Mids. I am now waiting to find out on GB, waiting...

20th Sep, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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Junior Academy confirmation camp.

Tough weekend. Day 1, a time trial recce, a watt bike test and time trial. All OK. Cyclists are pretty lucky to be able to measure performance in watts per kilo. Over a 3 minute test, my watts per kilo was 6.9. But, whatever your w/kg are if you cannot suffer it doesn't matter. Day 2 tested this with a 120 km hilly road ride aiming to average 32kph, (20mph). 3 power bars, 3 gels and 4 hours of "pressing on" later and we were all wrecked. Next weekend Inter-Area track champs. Last race of a long season.

11th Sep, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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School Games day 3

60 km Road Race. Hard with a tough 8 climbs. My race was going really well and I was feeling really good. At the front on the climbs and then the break went. It was going to be the move of the day and I bridged over to it. Unfortunately I didn't last long in it and dropped back. Massive stomach cramps set in and I had to stop and was helped by the ambulance. Really disappointing, but I have the strength I just need to use it better. A great weekend thank you to UKSG and GoGold.

5th Sep, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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School Games day 2

Day 2. East mids leading at the start. 50 m standing starts and 12km Team Time Trial on Zwift. Zwift is basically being on a turbo but as a team racing other teams. The 50 m standing starts were great for us with all 4 riders getting in the top 15. The turbo effort was so hard, we just ripped it up and got 3rd place by just 1 second. Great fun and East Mids leading at the end of the day.

5th Sep, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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School Games day 1

Day 1 - short scratch races in teams and skills relay. The short races were 6 kms and were fantastic. teams had to work together to deliver their chosen rider to the line in as best place possible. This meant some really close racing. East Mids managed a 3rd place, 2nd place and a win. The skills relay: put a cape on - take it off - take a bottle (left and right) take a wheel out and put it back in. East Mids 1st place

5th Sep, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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School Games Part 1

Done! now back at school. What a great weekend. It was fantastic to experience 3 days of racing. I had some ups and some downs. The East Midlands team were leading the team competition until the last day and had to settle for 4th place on count back - only 2 points off 2nd place. Well done to Wales for their win.

5th Sep, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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School Games

Opening Ceremony tonight. I am out for a spin this morning to loosen up after the Alps with my good friend Alec Gregory. We have ridden together since we were 8 years old and are both going to the Games and are both Go Gold athletes. The legs feel OK after France and should see me through the next 6 weeks or so. You can follow all the Games on @_SchoolGames. Good Luck to all Leicestershire Go Gold athletes at the Games.

31st Aug, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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In the final 8 for GB Junior Academy

I have received an invite to the GB Junior Academy selection weekend in September. I am so pleased to have made the selection phase as it confirms that the GB coaches have seen that I have some real potential. 8 U16 riders are going to the 3 day selection camp. Fortunately I am not holidaying on a beach in Ibiza, I am undergoing a big block of training in the French Alps so all going well by mid September I should be flying.

20th Aug, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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National Track Champs Prt 5

Final day - 10km scratch race - first across the line wins. Unless the endurance riders rip it apart these are usually won by a sprinter. The Madison showed that my top speed was ripping quick so my tactic was just to follow and then go for it with 5 laps left. The time came and I put the hammer down taking one other rider with me, we rinsed it and held the lead until 1/2 a lap out but the bunch was too fast and overtook us both, me in 6th. The Champs have gone from bad to fantastic.

7th Aug, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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National Track Champs Prt 4

YESSS!! National Champion! A 50 lap qualification and then an 80 lap final. A pretty easy qualification set the final for a ripping race. Madison is a relay points race where you change with your partner by grabbing his hand and slinging him into the race (all at 50 kph with 11 other teams on the track). Lewis and I won. The race was so fast and frantic with all the best U16 track riders smashing lumps out of each other. I was right to miss the points race. A National title means a National Champs jersey.

7th Aug, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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National Track Champs Prt 3

Points race qualification in the morning. 3 heats and I was in the first heat. On paper I should qualify but my lungs feel rubbish after yesterdays pursuit. I have to make a decision. Tomorrow is the Madison - the best race we do and I have a great chance of winning. I pulled out of the points race and I just hope that I can recover in time for tomorrow - the craziest race on the track - the Madison!

7th Aug, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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National Track Champs Prt 2.

First event the 2km individual pursuit. This is 8 laps going as fast as you possibly can. I was feeling better but my chest felt sooo tight. My plan was to have a decent warm up and just go as hard as possible and hope that I kept it together for as many laps as possible. My PB is a 2:22:5 and I managed a 2:20:5, so a massive PB but only for 13th place! Clearly everyone else has brought some serious form to these champs. Points race tomorrow.

7th Aug, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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National Track Championships Prt 1.

1 week to go until the focus of the whole year and I am ill. I still have 1 week to go so I have my fingers crossed that I will be OK. Every athletes nightmare - illness or injury potentially ruining a season's goal. I am now counting the days and checking how I feel. I can leave training until the day before and maybe some very gentle training leading up - just turning the legs. Fingers crossed!

5th Aug, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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Road Nationals

Milton Keynes city centre - closed roads and some wicked dead turns meant this was going to be a hard and fast race, and it was. The bunch was strong out from the start and I made a big effort to be near the front and to really take part on the race. Unfortunately the doors completely fell off with about 4 laps to go and that was my race over. I have to be happy with my process as I rode myself to a stand still but not so much with the result.

12th Jul, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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What a devil!

National Omnium finals at the stunning Herne Hill velodrome. I qualified along with the top 24 under 16 track riders from regions all across the country. A pretty standard kilo started me in 10th place and then a terrible devil - left me quite a way down. It was now project salvage the day! 5th in the scratch and then 8th in the Kerin gave a hope of a 7th overall with a decent points race. I did get 7th overall which I was happy with. Next blog will be about the road Nationals.

12th Jul, 2017

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Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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Belgium 3

3rd racing trip to Belgium and an evening criterium on Saturday followed by a classic 70km race on Sunday at Kluisbergen. The photo shows me just losing 2nd place despite my crazy lunge. This was after 70 kms of hard racing and so I was pleased to even be able to contest the sprint. The winner - Netherlands national TT champ. That is it for Belgium as an under 16. I have raced 6 tough races and not been lower than 5th - I have got to be pleased with that!

28th Jun, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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Stepping up

I am always looking for new sessions and new challenges. On Thursday I raced with the men at Mallory Park. Cyclists often race to train and I rode out to Mallory to add some kms to my night. In the race I bridged over to the winning break and got to work. As an under 16 I am not allowed to up my gears and so the final sprint was going to be hard - very pleased with 4th. Riding home meant a 100 km night. I was wrecked at the end but a great session was in the bank.

17th Jun, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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Flowers and Frites

A steaming hot weekend of racing in Belgium. Day 1 at Oostnieuwkerke. 4th place after chasing the break of 3 riders with some help from another Brit. These races have Primes - sprints for money on certain laps. Winning 2 primes meant a few euros in prize money. The main event of the weekend was a stage race at Kruishoutem, with a 6 km time trial in the morning and 66kms road race in the afternoon. 11th in the TT and winning the bunch sprint for 3rd place was a great result and made the Frites taste even better.

29th May, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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Exams and Efforts

Like many I have started my exams and trying to balance revision and racing. This month I qualified for the National track Omnium finals - a season goal. I also won a criterium in Lincoln and a mid week race at mallory. Mallory was a good win as the Irish national team were there and I won the time trial and also the road race. Riding to the race and back made for a 50 mile night - so great training. Coming up next - back to Belgium for a weekend of racing (and some exams).

19th May, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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Racing Abroad

After a couple of weeks of racing in Britain with some wins and other great results I went for a weekend away to Belgium where I did 2 races. The races here are almost another world with narrow roads and attacking racing making the races seem frantic and exciting. the length of the races are also longer with 1 and a half hour long races. Highlight of the weekend was winning the second day, got a bouquet of flowers and some euros to spend as well as one of my season goals ticked off.

2nd May, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

An ODA day in a nutshell

We start early at about 8 am and head out on a road ride, this could be a ride with lead out efforts in or even a ride focused on hill efforts. Then we return and have a workshop. Previous workshops have been about anti-doping, tactics and healthy eating. We then start a 3-4 hour track session including some starts, team pursuit, team sprint, kerin and maybe some bunch riding like points and a bit of Madison to finish off. These days are super hard yet one of my favorite things about being on this program.

30th Mar, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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First Races

Had a really promising month with PB's on the track in both the Flying 200 and the 2K pursuit and also a really strong national race on the road. A strong showing here shows I've had a great winter of training and gives me lots of motivation for the future. The Go Gold evening was really inspiring and shows Olympic success is attainable.

30th Mar, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

January

January is always a hard month to get through, with races few and far between, cold winter miles become boring. However, I've been lucky to have a good structured day out at the track once a week to stop me from losing my mind. Really looking forward to testing out how well my training has gone in some actual races in the coming months.

31st Jan, 2017

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Partners

  • East Midlands Platform
    Equality Standard
  • Sport England
    Rutland County Council
  • Safeguarding
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    Loughborough University
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Melton Borough Council
    Age UK L&R
  • Harborough District Council
    British Heart Foundation
  • Leicester City Council
    County Sport Network
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • QUEST