All posts by Emil Rosenberg

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Do you have a favourite training session?
I really like riding fast and I like to be stuck in that „TT flow“. I do intervalls 98% of my training time on my TT bike. I would say I like the 2 x (2 +8) training session the most.

It starts with 2 minutes at 120% of your FTP and then continous at FTP. Powerwise and speedwise this pretty much simulates a race. I also like the bloody hard 3 minute efforts, but when I do these I don’t feel „yeah, this is great“ more like „here comes the pain“ (like that Slayer song) (laughs).

What’s your warm up like? Always the same procedure or different for different courses?
My warm up is always on the trainer. It´s mostly about 15 – 20 minutes long. I don’t really have a certain plan that I stick to. For me it is important to sit on the trainer and get In the mood.

I start easy, go up to L5 and then some bursts. Almost every warm-up looks like this but I am not super strict about the time I spend in the power zones. I try to listen to my legs when they are ready. So yes, it is always the same.

What goes on in your head during a TT?
Most times, my thoughts are about the pacing, my position, the wind and how I feel in general. I try to keep calm and remind myself to keep the head down, shoulders narrow and to pedal smoothly.

I always split my TT’s into small pieces. I think this makes it easier to stay focused.

Easiest mistakes to do in a time trial?
Ha that’s easy: Of course starting way to fast and blow off midway. I guess this is something that happend to all of us in the beginning.

What are your top 3 training tips?
– First, in my opinion it is important to train and spend time on the TT bike.

– Second, train that kind of intensity that you need for your most important race and simulate a race situation from time to time.

– And the third one is not really a training tip, but for me it was important to have the datafields I need on my Garmin. It took me a little bit to figure it out.

And with this the next one goes hand in hand: I have a field with the normalized power of the current lap. It was important for my pacing to lap during a race.

Can you describe the thinking behind your current aero position?
There is not so much thinking about it. Of course I had a bike fitting to find my most eficient position, but since then I didn’t change it.

The good thing about it was that at the beginning of the year I knew I had a good position and don’t need to play around with it. Sometimes I think another helmet would fit better, but I need I helmet where I can hide my hair, so this one’s the best coice (laugh).

What are your next races and big goals?
With the victory at the amatuer national TT I achived something, I had in my head over the last few months. It was my biggest sucess and a big relief. So it’s hard to say. Of course I want to be as fast as I can at the last couple of TT races that are left this season. We do have a great race here in Austria by the end of Semptember. It’s around a lake in Upper Austria and it’s 47km long.

I had a blast there last year and it would be great to finish it under the magic 1 hour mark, but we’ll see. And something new I want to try is the 4000m pursuit national race on the track. This discipline fascinates me and I think it could fit me quite well, but I don’t really have any experience and so my ambitions are just showing up and going as fast as I can.

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Who are Curbar, and how was the brand born?
Curbar Cycling is run by artists James Clarkson and David McLeavy. The brand was born from our shared passion for cycling and the fashion and culture that surrounds it.

We are both from a contemporary art background and felt our experience in that field would stand us in a good position to make some interesting cycling apparel. We began designing our kit around 6 months ago and following a few months of hard testing we are now in the position to offer it out to our customers.

The name Curbar – does it mean anything?
Curbar is the name of a small village in the Peak District that we regularly visit whilst riding. The village of Curbar is located half way up one of the areas most difficult climbs; the climb is used regularly by local cyclists and in competition during the national hill climb series. For us it’s often been a benchmark to test our levels of fitness.

The name Curbar is recognizable enough for people who regularly ride around that area, however it holds less significance for people further afield, and we like that ambiguity.

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What about the logotype? What was the idea behind that?
The logo features a series of elements, which individually relate to certain aspects of the brands identity and meaning. At the centre is a large letter C, which obviously represents the name Curbar, it also takes on the form of a wheel with the spokes spreading out into the distance like a road disappearing into the horizon. This is surrounded by a triangular shape, a nod to our base next to the Peak District and our love of climbing hills.

Many new brands instantly take the route of minimalism, while you seem to go the other way – what are your thoughts behind the design of your pieces?
We spent a long time looking at the cycling market, and we realised that we wanted to bring our own design elements to the table.

We have tried to draw from our interests as artists and used that to present what we feel are interesting items, without necessarily worrying about whether something was particularly minimal or outrageously patterned. Our current collection is a careful balance between pattern and simplicity.

What or who have influenced you the most?
As previously mentioned we spent a long time researching the market and the idea to start making cycling kit came out of our love of the boutique cycling scene in America, which has grown massively over the last five years.

Aside from this, which perhaps influenced us more in terms of making kit rather than design, our influences have come from a diverse range of places. As artists our knowledge of contemporary art and design has really driven the creative side of things, we looked at a lot of mid 20th century painting and textile design while designing our current range.

We’ve also looked to the fashion industry in terms of our use of colour and the styling of our products. We’re also massive cycling fans and we regularly look at trends from both the current pro peloton and also cycling history, when your making cycling kit it seems important to not overlook this.

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Where do you want to be in five years time?
Right now we are concentrating on making the best products that we can and having fun with it. The goal for the next few years would be to grow the business in a way that allows us to produce more designs and to get our kit out there to more customers across the world.

This may be through collaborations with boutique cycling stores that stock cycling apparel from similar brands to us or through other retail avenues. As we previously mentioned, we are still testing out our designs and constantly looking at ways in which we can develop the products.

Our current focus is our winter range and our research is aimed at sourcing the best fabrics we can for cold and wet days in the saddle. For us our kit is the most important thing.

What’s your take on environmental-friendly production and fabric sourcing?
When looking for a manufacturer it was very important that we were not only working with people we could trust and that could carry out our designs to a high standard, but also that the materials that they were using were sourced cleanly and ethically.

The lycra we use is sourced from a company which prides itself on being environmentally friendly and uses non polluting dyes to ensure it operates in the cleanest way possible. We also manufacture in central Europe, therefore our carbon footprint is vastly reduced compared to other companies who manufacture in the far east.

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In what ways have Sheffield inspired you? Are there any other places that lies closely to your hearts?
Sheffield has a unique location, being less than 10 miles from the Peak District (one of the largest green spaces in the UK), this makes cycling in a beautiful and challenging environment very easy for us.

The idea to do something creative that was cycling based was born out of conversations whilst riding in the Peaks. Sheffield is also a really creative place, there are a lot of artists and independent businesses. When you have these kinds of people surrounding you getting the motivation to do something yourself is really easy.

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Where’s the best place to ride?
We would have to say the Peak District, but if we had to pick somewhere else then it would be Mallorca. We recently returned from a trip out there with some friends and had the pleasure of exploring the island on two wheels.

What’s great about Mallorca is that in a relatively short space of time you can experience extraordinary mountain roads that weave in and out of the clouds, then you can descend onto some of the most beautiful flat roads through rural villages. It seems to have everything in a fairly small area, and the weather is usually warmer than the north of England.

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What’s next for you? Any interesting products or collaborations in the binoculars?
We are currently developing our winter range and looking at sourcing the best fabrics to withstand all that winter can throw at us. With winter kit we understand the importance of getting the correct balance of warmth, breathability and water resistant materials and it’s been great looking through our sample fabrics with the idea that they will form our winter collection later on in the year.

We hope to be able to bring some unique styling to these fabrics, allowing our winter range to be both performance and style focused.

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