Chef HR Preview: 60 minutes of pain, Sean Fowler


The 49-year-old American chef Sean Fowler (Cannondale) will face tomorrow morning the great challenge for which has thoroughly been preparing himself during the past weeks. The Chef Hour Record attempt will take place tomorrow Saturday at 10.00 am (UTC+1) at Palma Arena Velodrome, Mallorca, at sea level.

Chef Hour Record Competition

It all started a few months ago when in the spur of the Hour Record Rush, a competition for chefs from the cycling peloton was launched. On November 2nd, Sean Fowler announced himself as the first contender for the new Peloton Chef Hour Record Challenge. This attempt will likely encourage other chefs from peloton and we will seen them shortly proving theirselves how badly they can suffer in order to set a new record.

Hour Record Contender

Having studied at The Culinary Institute of America and worked in restaurants both in the USA and all over Europe, Sean Fowler decided to pursue his dream: Becoming a pro cyclist? No, opening and operating his own restaurant. It was 19 years ago when he moved to Urús, Girona and opened his own establishment, El Racó d’Urús. Ten years ago he wouldn’t have even imagined that today he wouldn’t be operating, along with his lovely wife Olga, El Racó d’Urús. But there was somehow a turning point when he accepted and started collaborating with Slipstream Sports at the 2009 Tour de France edition, when he first switched his restaurant for a mobile kitchen for cyclists.

Sean, Dan y Olga
Sean Fowler, Dan Martin and Olga Fowler posing during their exhausting 2014 cycling season.

While it started as a part time collaboration, it become quite more time demanding so that Sean and Olga finally had to stop trying to juggle the two careers and sold the restaurant to focus on life on the road with Ride Argyle (Team Cannondale). By the end the 2015 season, Sean has completed 18 Grand Tours (including Ryder Hesjedal’s 2012 Giro d’Italia victory), 6 Paris-Nice, 6 Dauphiné Libere, 4 Paris Roubaix, 3 Tour de Flanders, 1 Volta de Catalunya and a few other collaborations such as World Championships with Cycling Ireland and training camps with Cinch Cycling Camps. Despite not being a professional cyclist, Sean is an avid road and mtb rider who has competed in several sportives including the Pirinexus360, a 347km multi-terrain cyclosportive.

Challenge preparation

Despite his several sportive participations and having both road and mountain biking experience Sean Fowler did not have any previous track experience prior to this challenge. Thus, In return of teaching Ireland Cycling in Mallorca this week healthy, nutritious dense, easy and delicate performance and recovery meals for track riders, he has been receiving their expertise and advices on track cycling.


Sean Fowler during several training rides both on the roads, gravel and on Palma Arena Velodrome track.

Sean Fowler will be running a 52×15 in his Dolan track bike. The bike has been provided by Cycling Ireland and it has a very especial legacy as it is the same bike Josie Knight used in her race to the silver at Junior European Championships. Sean will have to reach and maintain a comfortable position within 60 minutes of effort, without affecting significantly his aerodynamic drag and being able to cope mentally with the dehydration and other difficulties he may encounter during the effort.

Sean’s work load week has included several tests running at various speeds ranging from 41.5 to 44.2 kph. Those tests, between 10 to 20 minutes each, arose a maximum lactate measure of 12 mmol/L and suggested that an estimated speed around 43.5 kph could be maintained.

Sean Fowler posing with Joan Llaneras, Spanish track cyclist and Olympic legend.
Sean Fowler posing with Joan Llaneras, Spanish track cyclist and Olympic legend.
Sean Fowler with his friend Jeromo, posing in his Cannondale “speedsuit” inside Palma Arena Velodrome, where the HR attempt will take place.

Betting area

Earlier this week we have witnessed a few bets made on Twitter by fellow cycling staff and professional cyclist. Among those we have picked up this one:

Dan Martin, Irish pro cyclist at Etixx-Quickstep, betting 43.5 kilometres against Brian Nugent, Technical Director and Head Coach at Cycling Ireland High Performance Program.

What do you think? Do you agree Dan’s or Brian’s bet? Let us know at  @_RoadAndMud


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Diego Martín

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