Posted on 27th May 2019 17:21:33
Turbo sessions can be great training but boring, zwift races are fun but not as targeted. This winter I tried to incorporate approximate training sessions such as low cadence drills or 5 min efforts into races. I'm not sure whether it worked or was the most efficient training but it certainly kept me motivated and I won the TFC Winter and Spring Series as a bonus.
Posted on 26th May 2019 19:28:31
In 2019 I'm working with Colten Care to promote cycling for all ages in residential care homes.
Posted on 26th May 2019 17:53:16
I was proud to be awarded the Peter Washington Memorial Trophy for my Moreton 2018 Series win before the first race of the 2019 series by race organiser Steve Dring.
Posted on 12th Feb 2019 21:09:42
On a hot day in July, 10 guys from the NFCC got up early for a 7.00am start on a hilly ride around South Wales. The Velothon Wales is a popular mass participation event and pro race which includes challenging hills such as Caerphilly and The Tumble. I managed to nurse a puncture to the finish from around 5km out and post the fastest finishing time but it was a good performance from all and the NFCC came in as the 6th fastest team.
Posted on 11th Feb 2019 22:46:46
A lot of people want to visit the USA to see Disney land or Las Vegas or Broadway etc. I've always wanted to see Yosemite, The Grand Canyon, The Giant Sequoias, Crater Lake and all the other natural wonders. Well in September I travelled to California on a cycling trip to ride around some of those places and a few others too. The remainder will have to wait until next time. Read the full report here.
Posted on 16th Jan 2019 00:09:14
August 2018 saw me travel to Yorkshire for the finale of the East Yorkshire Road Race League and the TLI RR. A 2nd place was the only reward but it was an enjoyable trip and there is some great cycling to be had in the Ripponden area. I even treated myself to fish and chips and a pint in the 13th century coaching inn at the bottom of Col de Ripponden Bank.
Posted on 15th Dec 2018 22:35:18
Friendly people, lots of wide cycle lanes and great weather for December sum it up fairly well. My first foray out into the countryside around Marrakesh headed into the foothills of the Atlas mountains. However the highlight was probably the return into town when a few mopeds offered themselves up as durneys and we covered the last 25 miles in around a hour!
Posted on 26th Nov 2018 07:57:38
I'm behind with my 2018 season updates but they will be coming soon. Highlights include..... Moreton Series Winner, NFCC RR retained, GDW RR, Velothon Wales and my rides around California. Check back in a week or so.
Posted on 8th Oct 2018 21:53:23
This year I found myself driving to the 2018 Downton 2 Day Road Race in heavy rain hoping it would be postponed. I took on the hill climb without enthusiasm and nearly froze during the road race. I then realised I was in danger of losing my NFCC Road Race trophy. Therefore I had to man up, get up early on Sunday and put in a decent effort on the TT bike when I'd only finished 2 all season.
Posted on 24th Apr 2018 23:06:51
For my birthday ride, I set out with a group of friends hopeful of a sunny day ahead. Once around the Salisbury, the skies cleared and the countryside became particularly beautiful. After coffee, bacon sandwiches and cake at Bishopstone, we took on Howgate Hill and then enjoyed a quick ride back to home in time to watch the last third of Liege Bastogne Leige.
Posted on 11th Feb 2018 21:35:14
Making the most of a rare sunny day, Phil G and I rode out to watch the Perfs Pedal Race. The strong westerly aided the riders on Boarhunt Hill but the finishing stretch on Lodge Hill was described as "savage" and the sprints started in the final 100m. The race was won by Canyon Eisberg's Alex Paton from a two man sprint. Then our battle began with a 3 hour ride into a 23mph headwind which stung the legs at times and we hung on for no score draw.
Posted on 5th Feb 2018 22:45:48
My winter season has included riding all the local reliability trials including the GDW, Arrows, and BJW series.The shorter 50 mile events are ridden at a brisk 19-20mph and the longer events a little slower. This year both the 75 mile and 100 mile rides were accompanied by a brisk northerly wind which made them a ride of attrition but even so, they were completed at nearly 18mph. All the rides are quite doable for most keen cyclists but actually getting up at 6.30am on a freezing cold Sunday morning and doing them is another thing.