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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Vuelta Pamplona

La Vuelta Pamplona in Spain was the greatest most fun race I have ever done, and I want to thank HMT cycling team for the opportunity. Safe to say I absolutely loved racing a different style of racing and a new challenge which I felt like I needed to show my worth, which, I feel I have done. So much so I was called back to race La Philippe Gilbert classic with them on Sunday 2nd September, and again a chance to show my worth as a team player and a strong rider… (if you want to see how that played out click here).

After we arrived after a full day of travelling, the team went out for a little spin, that was meant to be easy, Continue reading “Vuelta Pamplona”

Assen Junior Tour

Where do I start? Pretty frustrating week all round really in Assen. The prologue was a good start leaving me in 19th and 8 seconds down, however, the criterium stage was a bit like ying and yang. Let me start with saying I love criteriums they are really ME, meaning they suit me rather well, with the sustained power and constant accelerations, so I was doing rather well in the first part of the race. Racking up a few Green Jersey Points with a second and 5 place in 2 sprints before the race went to pieces. A rider, who will remain nameless (partly because I don’t actually know who it was), managed to collide with Continue reading “Assen Junior Tour”

My Working Week

Ideally the week with trainSharp would have allowed me to see how they carry out their bike fits, aero testing and fitness testing. However, staff holidays and last minute appointments outside of the HQ for Jon meant that my week at trainSharp was not as busy and energy sapping as I had prepared myself for.  

That is life and it has opened my eyes to how the working week can be like riding a bike. One week it can be all out, with not much time to think about much else, then comes a rest week and you almost have too much time on your hands.

Despite this, the week with trainSharp was thoroughly enjoyable and has allowed me to ponder over what my future work environment could potentially be. Although I haven’t done much, the environment in which the employees of trainSharp work really equates to my ideal work environment. Relaxed, friendly and very productive.

I don’t want to list out the days like other ‘bloggers’ might do as I feel that is very boring to read and can potentially turn off readers if done wrongly, so I will do my best to write about this week without making it into a list of “this is what I did…”

So here we go…

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Back To It

Catchphrase from the weekend: ‘You know it is going to be a bloody hard race when the Belgian Champ Turns Up.’

Last Weekend, following my final GCSE examination, we finally headed out to Belgium after a long period away from what has become my second home. Throughout the exams, there were a few occasions where I couldn’t think of anything but racing in Belgium, due to the fantastic weather we experienced in Britain.

On Saturday, unfortunately the week before, (or longer as I had not checked the Cycling Vlaanderen website for a while), the race had been cancelled. Instead we went on a Pre-Race ride suggested by Trainsharp. Continue reading “Back To It”

The Wonders of Coffee

Recently, I went on a training camp in Spain, with the “Hitty ‘n’ Gritty” gang (see last blog post). It was on a long 6 hr ride of 140km where I discovered how/what a good coffee (and a good lunch) can do wonders.

We had done a good 3 and ½ hours on the bike when we reached a little town called Castells, where we stopped at a café to have some much needed lunch. Josh, one of the guys staying out in Calpe for a lengthy 2 months, was told to sit down and wait by the waitress. Oh how he was pissed about that and kept reminding us for days after. Continue reading “The Wonders of Coffee”

Mixing Training with GCSEs #hard

So, I thought I would tell you how my winter training has gone with Trainsharp ahead of my first race of the season.

This was my 2nd winter on the inspire talent programme at Trainsharp and I must say this is the most training I have done in my 3 years of being coached, and it has gone rather well, if I do say so myself. I recently got a new coach, just after Christmas and I was, I do admit, slightly cautious, as I have experienced in the past, new coaches being very different. But I think it has been for the best as my previous coach had been offered a contract as a Sport Scientist at U23 Dimension Data! Which will increase the links that Trainsharp already have and widening their circle even further. Continue reading “Mixing Training with GCSEs #hard”

Summary of Season – 2017

This season has gone very well, I have done a real mixture of races in Britain and Belgium. Thanks to the coaching input and training plans from my coaches at TrainSharp, and the work I had put in over the winter, I had a really good start to the season, winning my first race solo at Hillingdon in January. This was important as it gave me a lot of confidence and belief, especially as I had some early season targets in Europe coming up. Continue reading “Summary of Season – 2017”