Olly Moors – Racing and Riding in Belgium
We caught up with Velusso sponsored rider Olly Moors a few months into his race season over to chat shop on his season so far, and what he loves about riding and racing in Belgium.
How was your preparation for the season Olly?
Things in Belgium couldn’t be better! This is my third year living out here and it just gets better and easy everyday. For me, this is the best season I have had since I have been racing full time. I spent the main part of my winter In the Velusso Villa, Casa Roja in Mallorca which is a perfect location for getting away to focus on training. As a result I probably had the best period of training ever over there.
I was based from Casa Roja from the first week of January until the 1st March. Over the 7 weeks there I racked up just over 4,500km, 155 hours of training, burnt 101,677 calories, had a total elevation gain of 53,448 meters and a TSS of 8,728. This was a mix of long endurance rides, long threshold efforts and a lot of top end, high intensity efforts. It was fair to say that was a solid block under the belt there. The location is perfect and the weather was amazing most days. Mallorca is genuinely the best place to train as it has both mountains for long intervals and flat roads for easier and steadier rides.
And how’s your year been so far?
Coming off the back of a solid winter starting in November and ending in Mallorca, I was ready to race and found myself being in the front group of most of the big national cup races and starting my season campaign off with 12th at Omloop Mol Sluis IC1. This kept the ball rolling and have gained five top tens and one fifth place already. Out of all my race starts I have only finished outside the top 30 twice and most race starts have been in the breakaway. There is defiantly more to come though.
For me Belgium is the best place to race your bike. There are races literally everyday and they are within a maximum of one hour away. It is such an aggressive racing style and every race is raced from kilometre zero all the way to the finish. I love the history of the sport and past winners of some of the biggest races here. Johan Museeuw is a rider I still look towards and try to replicate his aggressive and classy ways of racing. It great to now have the Velusso Store in Bruges.
When I am at races wearing Velusso gear people always come up to me and tell me they have been there and seen Johan’s bikes in the window. The cafe offers a lot to all from racers like myself to the casual riders, from the best coffee in Belgium, tasty food, a great cycling atmosphere and some awesome, mixed group rides.