Category: Racing

This is the easiest place to find all my posts about my racing exploits. I raced mainly in 2014 and definitely learnt things from the experience…chief of which is that crashes are way too common! I raced mainly in the Midlands so they can provide some help to those who haven’t raced on certain courses before.

All my personal racing posts can be found below – can certainly help pass on some experience and knowledge.

My Time Trial Season – 2018

I finally got myself into time trials in 2017 after years of putting it off due to knowing I’d have to invest in a whole set of new kit and a fancy new bike. I started with some club TTs and some of the Open TTs that were easy to get to from my then home of Birmingham. I put off doing time trials longer...

VTTA Open TT April 2018 – K48/10

The third Open TT of my 2018┬áseason took place last weekend. Hosted by the VTTA, it used the K48/10 circuit which I’d raced on a year ago in another Open TT. Definitely not a circuit to set a PB on, it’s lumpy and has two half-decent climbs to get over. The wind wasn’t hugely kind on the day either, a big tailwind on the way...

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Stratford Open TT April 2018 – K33/10D

Last weekend I took part in my second Open TT of the year. The first one, in Coalville, was hilly and definitely didn’t suit me but gave me a chance to test out my new time trial bike in anger. Having had chance to set the seat to something close to the right height and riding a course that I rode last year on my...

Civil Service Cycling Championship 2017

One of the perks of working in the Civil Service (for non-UK people, think employee of the state) is that they have a sports club for members. They run a lot of days for various experiences, like my recent venture onto the velodrome. One of those is also a National Championships run on the cycle circuit at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. Civil...

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Zwift Review – A New Way of Indoor Training

So what is Zwift? Well, traditionally Winter cycling saw people putting on layer after layer, braving the cold and wet on a club ride or having to resort to riding indoors on a turbo trainer. The latter was always dull, staring at the four walls out of your mind bored. Some people found relief in watching films whilst riding, I generally had to resort to...

The Gannets ‘How Hard Can It Be?’ Circuit Race – Stourport – 13th May

The Gannets ‘How Hard Can It Be?’ Circuit Race – Stourport – 13th May

I headed over to Stourport on Severn after work for the Gannets circuit race and to go back to where my season began when I destroyed the back end of my bike warming up, way back in January now. This race was following the full purpose built circuit, anti clockwise as usual (well for me anyway) and a nice change from the tight courses at...