Interview with Holly Seear
How would you rate your current level of fitness?
Hummm, tricky! Ok for winter, but frustratingly I have missed some training having broken my arm at the end of November mountain biking in Spain! I had surgery just before Christmas and now have a titanium plated bionic arm. Not quite the start to my new training plan I had hoped for! However at least it is winter so I haven’t minded quite so much being stuck inside on the turbo trainer. This also means I have been doing specific sessions instead of just riding my bike, which I hope will pay dividends in the long term.
Are you training for anything at the moment and if so what are your goals for the season?
I am training for Transalp 2017, a 7 day mountain bike stage race across the alps starting in Mayrhofen in Austria and finishing at Lake Garda in Italy. It is around 540km, predominantly off road, over technical terrain with around 19,000m of climbing! It takes place every year in July and this is my third time! I race as a mixed pair with my husband.
How did you find cycing in the French Alps in terms of difficulty?
This varies depending on the day, the group and the route! The area has such a variety of options for rides that there is something for everyone. Riding Mont Chery was super tough, I think I probably tripled Contador’s time from the Dauphine TT and then some! Other climbs are steadier and you can settle in a rhythm and enjoy the scenery.
What was it like staying with 45 Degrees North?
Fantastic! We have stayed with Chris, Anna and Mike 3 times and are going again this year! The luxury chalet is perfect; great facilities including a hot tub and yummy food from a professional chef. Mike’s complimentary massage is certainly worth having after a couple of days riding! The routes are stunning and the team keep the days flexible to cater for all abilities. A support van stocked with flapjack is always on hand for supplies or a lift if needed.
How likely would you be to recommend 45 Degrees North to others and why?
I would certainly recommend 45 Degrees North and have done so many times. I like the relaxed, friendly style of the trips, the fabulous riding and the opportunity to get a good week of mountain riding in my legs; you just cant replicate that in the UK.