It’s always more difficult to write a blog when things don’t go as planned. But life tends to be like that. Not everyone can win. Not everyone can perform as they want to.
Back in 2011, when Fort William was announced as the venue for the 2014 WEMBO World Champs 24hr solo event, countless racers have made it their goal, myself included. I travelled to Australia last year to give the 2013 Champs a crack and although I was doing well, that didn’t work out. Fast forward a year, it was time for another crack. I announced before the event that WEMBO would be my final competitive 24hr solo event. The reason being that I no longer have the time needed to train to a standard that I would be happy with and the form I had in 2011/2012 is something I can only dream of achieving these days. Even so, I thought I had a chance despite a real lack of long rides, the figures and times on routes were looking good. Read more
The end of the 2014 season is here and it has arrived all of a sudden. WEMBO was always going to be the main race of my year, but even though I entered in July, it was only recently that I decided that we were 100% going to go for it.
The reason for the doubt is that a 24hr solo race is not a simple undertaking. Not if you want to do well anyway. I absolutely want to do well. I want to win and this will be my final competitive 24hr solo race, so I want it to be a good one.
This year has been a whirlwind and I have certainly not made things easy for myself in the run up to WEMBO and by that I mean allowing time to train! In fact all year, my hours and miles on the bike have been massively lower than the previous years. Will it make a difference? I honestly don’t know, but Swiss Epic instilled some confidence in me as my endurance at the end of each day seemed strong. Strava is a great tool for comparing performance and my times up local hills seem on par, or better than previous years. Read more
The biggest race of the year is almost upon me, yet just a few weeks ago I was doubting weather or not I would be taking part.
After returning from Canada feeling a little despondent after a mixed trip I lost my mojo for riding, so took a few weeks off training and was ready to pack the racing in, once and for all. Organising events of my own is starting to take up a great deal of time and training was becoming a chore, which is never a good thing.
Roll on a few weeks and although I had been riding in the mean time, no proper training had been done in August, which a massive drop in my hours riding compared to a “normal” month. The events I organised, “The Monster” and the “Grimpee Mynydd Ddu” which were on subsequent days came and went and were heralded a success, which was a big relief! The idea of a killer sportive has been in my head for years, so to finally get it done was great. 2015 is set to be enough tougher, so watch out! Read more
58km, 1400m climbing
After a great day yesterday we were treated to another days racing in Golden. Despite 2 days here we haven’t even touched the surface of the riding on offer as there are over 150km of singletrack on offer around the town, it really is a special place for Mountain Biking and yet I had never heard of it.
Yesterday we were on the new trails around Mount 7, although it is a classic venue for MTB and today was on the same hill as the Kicking Horse ski resort, all be it a bit lower down than the pistes. Read more
Read the reports from Stages 1 & 2
Radium Hot Springs
48km, 1000m climbing (official stats)
Today was pretty much a disaster. It started well enough, a fast start that disappeared into singeltrack fairly quickly. I was doing OK, but not brilliantly. After 23km I missed a trail marker – no idea how as I was following a pair of riders, but I got back on track and had lost 6 places. Soon after we hit a gravel road climb – the first of the race. I pushed hard and after 1km or so to the top I had regained all the lost places. Read more