The final stage of the 2nd stage race of the 2021 season, took the riders 162.5km around the city of Salon-De-Provence. There were 3x 3rd category climbs to contend with, so the bunch sprint was all but inevitable. A breakaway quartet escaped to have a maximum of 3m30s, the bunch do like this number to keep a small, doomed breakaway in check. The 4 riders included the breakaway specialist and two-time tour stage winner, Tony Gallopin [AG2R-Citroen]. Young Norwegian time trial specialist Andreas Luknessund [Team DSM]. Spaniard Luis Mas, no not the brother of the more well-known Mas in the pro peloton. Finally, 3rd division team Xeliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole, represented by Jérémy Leveau.
Well this sprung up on us didn’t it?
It feels like ages ago when, we were told A levels weren’t taking place and school was over. I’ll tell you that hit hard, like really hard. The first thought I had was the effort I have put in over these past two years! The feeling of a loss of gratification from never being able to take those final exams that give so much closure to the whole process. Continue reading “Lockdown, it has its difficulties”
Urbano Team Training #1
Well, what a day to start off my time at Urbano Cycling Team!! The weather was pristine after worries that bad weather and rain would dampen our day, and my first outing with the team. It was quite the opposite. A beautifully sunny day, with a stiff westerly breeze with the added touch of chill. Overall, not too bad a day for mid-January on the continent.
Believe it or not this was my first time in Gran Canaria actually riding a bike for the majority of the trip. We had planned to do it around 7 years ago but I was too young and the hills were far too steep for me to be riding every day. However, being older and stronger now than I was then, I was excited to get this training period under way and get some solid training in the bag for the 2020 season with Urbano Cycling Team! Continue reading “Let’s Get 2020 Started!!”
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”