August – A Month Full of Racing

What a Month it has been!! A Month packed with racing from start to end, and some great results along the way.

It started off slow with a strong performance at Johan Museeuw, but no result to show the hard work put into that race. However, the team did come away with 5th on the day with Axel Van Der Tuuk. On that same weekend, I decided to get back into the swing of things with a kermesse on the Sunday at Torhout. I managed a 5th  place out of a little, Continue reading “August – A Month Full of Racing”

July – the Month of Criteriums

July was a tough month for me with one big crash which I am still recovering from, unfortunately. The other hurdle was a mental one, which has been hard at times. There have been times this month that I have wanted to climb off the bike, there were more of these than I would have hoped for. Thankfully I only climbed off my bike twice as these were two days that just didn’t go my way, really. Continue reading “July – the Month of Criteriums”

Regional Champs and CiCLE Classic

 

My first race in June was the Regional Championships in Colchester. That Sunday I had the aim of riding my socks off for my close friend, Andreas who had tragically passed away the previous morning. I was devastated when I heard the news and after the pain had subsided a bit I knew I had to go and win for him. My parents said you don’t have to race if you don’t want to, I understand where they were coming from about not being able to think clearly, but it had to be done!

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Ster Van Zuid Limburg

Prologue

So my first stage race of the season started off well with a 5 km time trial with an elevation gain of 35m so not exactly flat. Due to the importance of course reconnaissance I actually rode 3 times the distance of the race on the ‘recon.’ The ride was tough and always was going to be due to the short time period that you would be racing for. On the menu was a short maximal effort of around 6 minutes, depending on the wind direction. It was just that, I managed a 10th place with some time leaked on parts of the course. Usually 10th would mean I would be anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute behind, but this time I was only 9 seconds behind the American National Team, and become the first Brit a couple of seconds ahead of Ben Tulett. Continue reading “Ster Van Zuid Limburg”

Oliva Nova Team Training Camp

Day / Dag 1 – Tuesday

Day one of our training camp – where to start? So much has gone on … as I am writing this it is 16:10 so I have nearly been awake for 14 hours, my normal school day hours. Yes if you are a mathematician you can work out the waking time, but those of you who are not quick with their calculations, I woke up at 2:30 in the morning in order to get to the airport at 4:30 (reminds me of my Swimming days). This combined with rare Spanish rain did not bode well for the coming ride. The pace started steady but quickly got really fast on the smooth, slick Spanish roads. Then came the rain, and as many of you see on the roundabouts in races like the Vuelta a Espana, it is like riding on ice when the rain sweeps standing dirt and grease onto the roads. Continue reading “Oliva Nova Team Training Camp”

Team Training Weekends

Over the early months of 2019, we, as team Spiderking Soenens have been going to team training camps in both Belgium and Netherlands to get some race pace in the legs before the much awaited classics which come in just a few weeks’ time. There have been 3 team weekends: Waregem, Geraardsbergen and Assen. Unfortunately, but understandably, I could not go to the training camp in Assen due to the vast travelling distance, and not to mention the time required out of school to ensure I travel from Great Britain to Assen, Netherlands. We made a collective decision to forego the training weekend deciding that it would be more beneficial for me to train at home.

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2018 Season

What a season it has been!! After a slow start, being ill, having my exams and getting a new coach, I got back on track and had a long season of intense racing throughout the extended summer, due to my exams finishing my school term early. In fact, immediately after my exams I headed straight out to Belgium for a weekend’s racing, where to my dismay the, now, world champion had turned up to race. But we will get into the details of the season later. But I have to say I couldn’t have done it without the help of Trainsharp and Alex, my coach. Click Read More to find the season in numbers. Continue reading “2018 Season”

Team-Building Weekend

So a few weekends ago, on the weekend of the 24th November 2018 I went to Belgium for the penultimate time this year. Now I know I am in the winter’s training regime and I am still travelling to Belgium, crazy. But this time it was for different reason other than racing. Almost a more important reason than the racing itself. A time to get to know my new team mates for the 2019 season… 

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Update

Quick Announcement

Now I know the website has been quiet for a while, and will continue to be so for at least another month. This is because I am rounding up my data, whilst, recapping my season at the end of the year, as briefly as I can. So it should be released on my website around mid-way through December. It could be earlier, but my A levels are taking priority along with intense training as I build to my major spring goals next year with the new team!!

Cheers,

Tom