With just days to go until the first round of the 2016 Pearl Izumi Tour Series gets underway we’ll be continuing to give you an insight into the personal lives of some of your favourite riders.

With our 'Meet the Riders' series you'll get to know what makes the athletes tick, from their guilty pleasure to their choice of superpower as well as some of their cycling tips and secrets.

Next up in the series is Velo Schils rider Louise Bates and you can find her fact-file below:

General Questions 

Full name: Louise Bates""
Nickname: Lou
Date of birth: 19/03/1981
Place of birth: Ashford Middlesex 
First Bike: Bluebird tricycle
Current Bike: Canyon Ultimate AL SLX
First Race: First road race was a Pedal pusher’s circuit race
First Win: Still haven’t got a win on the road – if Hill climbs and TTs count then Beeley Moor hill climb.
Best moment in cycling: Too many to pick from – I love cycling in the mountains so most of my best moments have been whilst riding with Alpcycles.
Worst moment in cycling: Not being able to race at all for three and a half months during the middle of 2015 due to a pulmonary embolism – not being able to ride/train is never good!
Pre-race meal: Bounce energy balls 
Post-race meal: I normally feel too sick to eat much but a cup of tea always goes down well
Who do you train with? I do a lot on my own but also ride with my husband and team mates when I can. I also do gym classes and yoga with friends.
If you weren’t a cyclist what would you be? I would probably end up working even longer hours in my proper job which is project management! I would like to train to be a yoga teacher eventually.
What advice would you give to anyone who wants to become a professional cyclist? Get a good support network of people around you that you trust. Sport is full of ups and downs –people will always be around you to celebrate the ups but you need people to help support you through the times when things are not going so well.
Biggest Inspiration? My family 
Hobbies outside cycling? Yoga, food, wine  
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Being able to teleport myself – no more sitting in the car in traffic!
Guilty pleasure? Red wine/ dark chocolate

Either or…

Facebook or Twitter
Fry up or Continental
Bath or Shower
Astronaut or Deep sea diver
Football or Rugby
Cinema or Theatre
Batman or Superman
Dress up or Dress down
Cats or Dogs
Long socks or Short socks


Professional Cyclist: Dame Sarah Storey
Race to ride: Monsal hill climb
Race to watch: Critérium du Dauphiné because I was at the road side at the finish in 2014
Sport other than cycling: Running 
Film: Shawshank Redemption
Actor/Actress: Sofia Helin
Holiday Destination: Alps
All time sportsperson: Steve Redgrave