At the Athens Olympics, GB won 2 gold medals - Sir Chris Hoy in the Kilo, and Sir Bradley Wiggins in the Individual Pursuit. Fast forward four years to Beijing, and Team GB won 8 cycling golds, with the first being a memorable win from Nicole Cooke in the Ladies Road Race. It was repeated … Continue reading Controlling the controllables
It's been great to get the season started - my first 'proper' race season since 2010.After a solid winter of racing 'cross and then slowly building up, the training camp in Lanzarote was a welcome break from the cold. After we got back, I continued to train well and before I knew it it was … Continue reading So the season has started….
I can't believe that it's now four weeks since we were in Lanzarote at training camp! After a few days of rest & recovery, it was back onto the training plan and Gary was increasing the intensity. Before Lanza it had been a block of tempo work, and most of the sessions I did out … Continue reading Building up nicely
The weather improved for the better after Sunday. It was wall-to-wall sunshine for the rest of the camp. Our rest day was an easy spin down to the Marina for coffee & cake, then back to the villa. I spent the rest of the day lying by the pool, stretching & snoozing. Lovely. The first … Continue reading Training Camp – block two
I can't believe how quickly the first 3 days of our training camp here in Lanzarote have gone! It's been a hard block. Day 1 was a 4 hour ride with a threshold effort up the climb at Tabayesco; Day 2 was 5 hours which included 2 x 40 min tempo efforts in small groups … Continue reading Training Camp – block one
So, I did my first cyclocross race at the weekend and it was everything I thought it would be and more! I arrived nice & early, in fact a couple of hours before my race - I wanted to soak in the atmosphere. After parking, I wandered down to sign on & found myself in … Continue reading Splosh at the Tosh!
For the first time since 2010 I'm genuinely excited about a bike race. In 2010 I beat all the goals I'd ever set myself on the bike. Since then I've been floating around, trying different things, hoping to find a new challenge to motivate me. I'm competitive, and I like to keep fit, so having … Continue reading Cross Baby!
I've noticed a shift in the way people in the UK view cycle racing over the past year as our sport has become 'mainstream' and it gives me cause for concern. I'm a relative newbie, only taking up road racing in 2006, but I have a passion for the history of the sport and spend … Continue reading Forget the new golf, is cycling in the UK the new football?
It was inevitable really. A love affair that started when I was a small boy, flying around Scone and its' surrounding hills on my Raleigh Racer, couldn't just stop overnight. Yes, I wanted to play some more golf - it's in my blood too - but I need the bike as well.And so it was … Continue reading Back on the bike….