>I haven't ridden the Winter Series at Hillingdon this year. This has given me a decent Winter break for the first time in three years, but I've missed the rhythm of having a weekly crit to ride. I didn't commit this season because I thought we were moving house before Christmas. The latest guesstimate of … Continue reading >Imperial Winter Series
>Apologies for the lack of recent posts. We've been busy with preparing for our move to the South Coast. It's all been a bit stressful with lots of last minute dashes South to see places and deals falling through. This week, though, promises to be a bit calmer *touches wood*.Bike-wise it's all been a bit … Continue reading >Moving out of town
>The season always seems to go up a gear in May, so I thought it would be useful to review November '09 to the end of April '10.November is usually a resting month - there are no races unless you ride cyclo-cross - but last year I kept the training mileage up and maintained my … Continue reading >2009/10 Season part 1 review
>I did not get into the first half of the field in the last Winter Series event - 26th out of 39 finishers. Work to do on the sprint. Alex Murray's write up is here and Martin Porter makes a great case for riding the series here.My sister Marie (left) has added a Southland region Bronze … Continue reading >A brief update
>Another (my third) Winter Series done. Race #12 was fairly uneventful. The bunch moved quickly to start with, had a forced deceleration for a few laps when the 3rd cats caught us, and then finished at some speed.At five laps to go I should have started to move up (Alex Murray even offered to guide … Continue reading >Imperial Winter Series 2010 finale
>Photo by Lucy CollinsI enjoyed today's race. Conditions were cool with a headwind blowing down the finish straight.This week I managed to start in the top ten and stay there for several laps - it makes the pace more even if you can do this. Mid-race I had a few minutes of fighting to close … Continue reading >Imperial Winter Series, race 11.
>Don't go looking for my reports on races 2 to 9 - this is the first one I've ridden since the opener in December. A cold, a holiday and then low fitness led to an involuntary Winter break. I didn't want to race today, but since when has that been a decent excuse? I headed … Continue reading >Imperial Winter Series, race 10.
>The last time I rode the bike out of doors was in the Winter Series circuit race on 5th December. Since then I've had a mild cold, time away for Christmas in the Yorkshire snow and several days of looking at rain. I have ridden on the turbo trainer a few times - I even … Continue reading >Time off the road
>I am, at the moment, enjoying the last bit of my traditional Winter cold. It's been a mild affair but goodness it's dragged on. I've managed two zone 2 turbo sessions in the past ten days. It feels like all of the good work of keeping the miles going through November has been lost.I've been … Continue reading >A Winter Tradition
>And so it begins again.It's only been a few weeks since the last race of last season, but I felt very rusty preparing for today's race. Training seems to be draining me even though the miles are down and the big efforts are off the schedule. I suspect the cold weather is hitting everyone hard. … Continue reading >Imperial Winter Series, race 1.