Racing Team Rider Profile: Mark Ollerenshaw

Mark Ollerenshaw

  • Name: Mark Ollerenshaw
  • DOB: 20th January, 1972
  • Height: 6′ 1 1/2″ (188cm)
  • Racing Weight: 13st 1lb (83kg)
  • Speciality: Criteriums and circuit races

And you are:

Hi, I’m Olley. I’m returning to the racing scene after a few years away due to work and family commitments. I last raced in 2011 and managed to get my 2nd Category licence and my first victory winning the Sheffrec Road Race. As a big rider I tend to do better in flat or undulating races. My main strength are criteriums and circuit races. I absolutely hate TTs. People have always said I would be good at it if I applied myself but I dislike racing alone against the clock. I have the utmost respect for TT riders. They have unbelievable mental strength. I’ve just discovered cyclo-cross which absolutely love. CX racing will be a key part of my 2016 programme.

Bikes you currently ride:

  • Ribble 872 – Race bike
  • Planet X XLS – CX bike
  • Eddy Merckx Alu Sprint – Winter bike

Average miles covered in a week:

  • Depends on what I’m preparing for. With a busy job and a family my turbo gets plenty of use.

Goals for this season:

  • Help the team and get some results on the road.
  • Develop my CX riding

Favourite Rider:

  • Roger de Vlaeminck

Best place you’ve ever ridden:

  • Flanders, Belgium

Favourite thing about cycling:

  • Getting out in the fresh air, challenging myself and getting muddy.

Most embarrassing moment on a bike:

  • Falling into hole in a road that the Gas board had dug up.

Memorable achievements:

  • First top ten at an ER RR League event.
  • Gaining 2nd Cat license.
  • Winning Sheffrec Road Race.

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