The suns finally arrived! Makes riding the bike so much more enjoyable, plus you get a nice tan!
So May has been a busy month, leading up the last race which is my target for this month in Montenegro, the Trofej Kuci stage race. To prepare for this I’ve had a 3 week training block from my coach Roy Holmes with varying training sessions aswell as a couple of races added in.
One of which was the Jack Campbell memorial up in Scotland. Doing this race last year where I came 3rd I knew and liked the course so was hoping for the top step. Again it was 24 degrees and blue skies but with the course being in the open it was quite windy. Warmed up and ready to go I places myself right at the front ready to start in with action from the gun. A few attacks went but I knew that the climb coming up would be where something if anything would manage to get away. With a KOM cash prize I first of all set my sights on that, about 1/4 of the way up the climb o attacked bridging across to 3 riders and going straight past them for about another 2km to take the KOM. First goal achieved. Next I took a look behind and couldn’t see anyone apart from 2 of the 3 riders, so on the descent I waited for these and then we pushed on shortly being joined by another 4 riders. This ended up being the break of the day, on from this was another cash prize being the Sprint. Again I wanted this so placed myself okay but on the front slightly to early but I still managed to put enough power down to make sure no once could come past me, YES I WON A SPRINT, a rare occasion for me so i quite happy. Soon after that a neutral service car came into the gap between us and the bunch so we could relax a little. We pushed on working together until the decent after climb where some traffic was ahead, this really slowed us down with one rider over taking the lead car, Instant DQ. We sat up thinking we would get caught but still no site of the bunch, I thought to myself just my luck for this to happen but not this time. Anyway I came to last 4/5 mile and there were 6 of us left. People start to miss turns which left only of us still pushing through, we turned back toward the finish for the last 2 miles and we started to attack each other, I managed to close 2 down but instantly got counter attacked until I couldn’t close the gap, I kept fighting but rolled across the line in 4th place. Happy enough but wish I didn’t do as much work earlier on.
On from this I was ready for Montenegro! A country I’ve never been to but with a prize pot of €5000 I was more than happy to go, and supported my the Lewis Balyckyi Trust Fund was made even easier for me to take this opportunity up. I arrived yesterday Wednesday 30th to a lovely 30 degrees. A very scenic country with some mega climbs of which we will be going up during the race. A international field which our team does not know we are yet to see the competition, but with the prize money being good we know it’s going to be hard. A lot of climbing, sun and bike riding what could be better!
I’ve had a good month and good preparation with Holmescycling so I’m ready for this race. Another shorter update will follow this one about the race so keep your eyes out and thanks for reading.
Thanks to the Lewis Balyckyi Trust Fund for making things happen!
To my coach Roy Holmes of Holmescycling
To all the sponsors listed below
Find them all below
• The Lewis Balyckyi Trust Fund
• TBW Stuart Hall Cycling Gett Taxi Bottecchia
• Holmes Cycling
Stuart Hall Cycling. https://stuarthallcycling.co.uk/
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Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/
Prosport Distribution http://www.prosportdistribution.com/
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Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc/