Category: Racing

No Frills Racing – Race 1 – Solihull Circuit – Cats 2/3/4 – 7th May

No Frills Racing – Race 1 – Solihull Circuit – Cats 2/3/4 – 7th May

A relatively quick turn around between races this time and heading back to Solihull only a few days after racing there. This race in Solihullwas a new experience, racing with higher categories – around 40 riders raced across three different categories, I was very much the small-fry in this race with not many 4th Cats apparently giving this one a go. Solihull No Frill Race...

University of Birmingham Criterium Race – Solihull – 3rd May

University of Birmingham Criterium Race – Solihull – 3rd May

My first race since the Leamington Victoria Park Criterium 3 weeks before took place in Solihull on the Tudor Grange Park cycling circuit – another new track to learn! The race was a 40 minutes + 5 laps type and the track itself was quite interesting – there’s barely a straight line on the criterium circuit, lots of sweeping bends and little kinks to be...

Leamington Spa Victoria Park Criteriums #1 – 29th March 2014

Leamington Spa Victoria Park Criteriums #1 – 29th March 2014

It’s been a couple of months since I last raced, a combination of disappointment and destroying my bike at the last two race attempts affecting the confidence somewhat. Everyone’s reaction to being told I was racing at the Leamington Victoria Park crits was ‘there’s always a crash there’ and a more inspiring ‘you’ll do alright there’. The Criterium (or Crit) is held in a park...

Paris – Roubaix Challenge 2013 – An Experience and A Lesson – Part 2b – Raceday

Paris – Roubaix Challenge 2013 – An Experience and A Lesson – Part 2b – Raceday

Paris – Roubaix Raceday Right so, when we left the action I’d managed to do a somersault over my bike on some metal railings (something like this clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3q8OYuaf9M, only I was better and managed to unclip so didn’t do the extra roll on my back) and catch up with the rest of the group after the infamous Arenberg section. Lots of people were regrouping...

Paris – Roubaix Challenge 2013 – An Experience and a Lesson – Part 2a – Race Day

Paris – Roubaix Challenge 2013 – An Experience and a Lesson – Part 2a – Race Day

Paris – Roubaix Raceday I’ve already written about my fine Roubaix preparations, and there’s nothing more challenging than riding 170km with no water for the first 50km and no spare inner tubes… The start of the Paris Roubaix Challenge was a little underwhelming with small groups setting off whenever they wanted and no health and safety briefing that we Brits are used to at every...

Paris – Roubaix Challenge 2013 – An Experience and a Lesson… Part 1 – Preparation

Paris – Roubaix Challenge 2013 – An Experience and a Lesson… Part 1 – Preparation

I wrote a series of 3 posts onto my Facebook detailing my experiences of the Paris – Roubaix Challenge Sportive in 2013. By request and because it would give a good insight of what not to do for people attempting it this year (and onwards), I’m going to post the three parts in full over the next 3 days. We start with Preparation… How to...