Winter Update - 53x11 Mckay

After enjoying a week or two off the bike, I kicked off the winter training back at University. It makes a nice change to guiltlessly go off mile-munching and get back in the gym. I’ve started doing a lot more core work and yoga this year as well. Hopefully I’m building the foundations for a great 2017 season.

However, its not all serious training; this time of year you can afford to have a bit of fun too. I’ve thrown in a reliability (smash) ride, a bike touring weekend to Whitby and even an attempt to ride London-York in a grippy headwind (ended badly in an oily get-down). I do enjoy the odd adventure, but sadly these things aren’t so easy to put in mid-season when trying to train hard, recover and target races. Perhaps its riding up in God’s own country but I’ve been finding joy in simply riding my bike lately.

I’ve also got some news looking towards next year. I’m delighted to announce that I’ve signed for Wigmore Bottechia TBW (, an U23 development team. I’m really looking forward to racing with other young guys and keen to step things up to the next level. I’m hoping to ride some prems, race on the continent and even a UCI or two if I’m lucky (or unlucky if you look at it that way…).

Cracking first team ride with some of the Northern lads on the Wigmore setup

Frustratingly, the past week’s training has been a bit of a write off as I’ve caught a cold. Instead of the big end-of-term block that I’d planned, I’ve been taking it easy. However it’s still early doors in the season. I’m off to Calp for 12 days mid December, so its key to arrive in Spain, healthy and ready to go. Anyway, that’s all from me. In a bit.