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2015 has been a big year for Steven Lampier, one he will remember for a long time. This year Steven fulfil a long term ambition by winning the 2015 Premier Calendar Series which is the leading elite road racing series in the UK. Riding for the Professional Team Raleigh-GAC, the 30 year old ended the series on the top step of the podium beating all the leading UK based professionals and elite amateurs. His consistency throughout the year enabled him to maintain performances and balance the demands of international racing along with Premier Calendar events.
Steven has been working with the coaching team at Dig Deep Coaching since December 2013. During this time he has made steady progress up the rankings which included some stand out performances in UCI registered events. Over the past 2 seasons Steven has performed against the world elite at the Ride London UCI 1.1 race, where he was crowned King of the Mountains, along with high placings on UCI stage races such as Tour of Britain and Tour de Yorkshire were his climbing powers seen him fight it out with many World Tour riders and Grand Tour Champions.
Steven works closely with Stephen Gallagher, Dig Deep Coaching Director, developing his training and performance for focussed events. We sat down with Steven and asked him about his training, goals, performances and how he has seen benefits working with the Dig Deep Coaching team.
Q1 – Well done on your recent Premier Calendar series win, tell us how the last 2 years training has been different to what you have undertaken in the past and the major differences you have seen?
Thank you! Constant feedback from Stephen, and to be honest not wanting to let him down, given he has taken the time to write the training! No, I feel the way we have looked at things - aims, strengths etc and used them to the max. I personally don’t think training in itself is different as there is only so much that you can do on a bike, but what can be changed is the application of how it’s done, when it’s done, looking long term at training blocks or goals or rest periods. There are times when I’m cursing Stephen under my breath on my 4th sweetspot in the rain but I realise that it’s adding to the great picture.
Q2 – How did you approach the 2015 season and did the focus on targeted races bring around the desired results?
2015 season was a completely different way for me to see training and the affects. I spoke with Stephen and said I want to be going well for the 1st 2 premiers (Chorley GP, Tour of the Reservoir) and Tour of Yorkshire at the end of that month (April) and then the nationals end of June and the Tour of Britain in September. It all went to plan really, few tactical errors but that’s road racing! Unfortunately I got ill in the build up to the Tour of Britain which was my main focus after the last 2 seasons. But that’s life, we still did a good job, and this I feel is where a coach comes into their own with changing stuff nearly daily and speaking often. But unfortunately during the race due to a lowered immune system I caught a throat infection.
Q3 – Over the past 2 years what do you feel are the biggest stand out performances and why?
My ability to understand if Stephen talking on the phone is angry or excited in his Northern Irish drawl hahaha.
No seriously I would say 18th in tour of Britain with 13th on the summit finish of the Tumble in 2014, against world tour guys, and my 18th in the tour of Yorkshire, a tactical error on day 1 meant it wasn’t higher, but good legs!
The races that are harder excite me and suit my riding style so working as goals to them I was in top shape.
Q4 – Has the different approach to your training brought around a change in the way you approach racing?
No, I’m purely a racer who trains by power, so will ride hard or easy when needed, but the training has made me able to do more in races
Q5 – What is the one thing you have learnt in the last 2 years that you wish you knew in the past?
Get a good relationship with the coach, work closely, tell them everything, no point trying to be the hardest guy in the world and crash and burn.
Q6 – What are your aims for 2016 and beyond?
Finish a rubix cube, and grow noddy holder style sideburns!
Win a round of the Premier Calendar and continue to improve results in big UK UCI races.