Rowe relishing return to the bike

18 Dec 2017

Rowe relishing return to the bike

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Luke Rowe is happy to be feeling like a ‘bike rider’ again - even if he doesn’t quite yet feel like a ‘bike racer’.

The Welshman was back on a bike just three months after having surgery on his broken leg and is now training with the rest of the team at December Camp in Majorca.
 
And although he’s back in the mix and ‘loving’ it, Rowe is still taking it day-by-day, despite his impressive recovery thus far.
 
“So far it’s been fairly plain sailing,” explained Rowe on Sunday, relaxing after another three hours on the bike. “Every date or goal I’ve been given I’ve managed to beat, so that results in me being back on the bike way ahead of schedule.”
Luke Rowe

Luke Rowe

Being out here with all the lads, I love it. It makes you feel like a piece of the puzzle, rather than a piece of furniture.
And the 27 year old is relishing being back amongst his team-mates: “Being out here with all the lads, getting back to it - I love it. I’m obviously not training as hard as them or doing the same hours they are, but doing a bit of what they’re doing and being a part of the whole scene here is sweet. It makes you feel a bit more like a piece of the puzzle, as opposed to a piece of furniture. 
 
“I never thought I’d be back on a bike this soon. Maybe I feel like a bike rider again, but not a bike racer! I haven’t got full strength in my leg yet and I’m pretty unfit to say the least, as expected. My main priority now is training on my bike rather than in the gym.”
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The last time we caught up with Luke, in the midst of October Camp, he was throwing himself into his gym work as he ramped up his rehabilitation.
 
“Some guys are in to it, some guys aren’t, and I wasn’t prior to the accident,” he continued. “But it helps you work on your weaknesses; my core and back were slightly weak, but now I’ve had time to flip that on its head. Hopefully that will help me long term - that’s a big piece of the puzzle.
 
“But if I could get back to where I was before I’d be happy - anything else is just a bonus. It’s all about getting back to that level, which seems like a blooming long way away at the moment! But things move quickly, and when you get back on the bike and back doing the things you love, it should start to move pretty quick. It’s about trying to be consistent day in, day out.”

Having cleared every hurdle put in front of him thus far, Luke and the team remained relaxed about putting a date on his return to action.
 
“There’s no real return date. We’ll just take it day-by-day, week-by-week. As soon as I can be back I’ll be back and whether that’s in two, four, six or eight months, when the date’s right the date is right. 
 
“You’ve also got to be careful not to rush these things. I want to come back as soon as possible, but at a half decent level. I don’t want to go to races as cannon fodder - it’s about finding that balance.
 
“There’ll be a point when I go out on the bike and I’ll think, ‘You know what? I think I’m ready.’”
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