New Kit Day !!

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.

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Let’s Get 2020 Started!!

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!!”

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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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”