2010 was my first proper season for MTB racing where I achieved some pretty good results.
Following a recovery training programme after winter illnesses, I entered the 8 hour as a pair with Keith Reed. It was Keith’s first big MTB race where we came 4th out of 21 pairs.
The mud made Set2Rise a difficult race in May. After the 12 hours I was still buzzing finishing 9th out of 48.
Storming along the South Downs Way, I knocked 1:30 hours of my personal best, taking just 9:48 hours for the 100 miles. With about 100 other participants, I came 2nd.
Big Dog in August was a mud bath. Ending the 6 hours with a sprint finish I managed 6th out of 18.
Squeezing in a 9 mile road time trial, I achieved 1st place in the MTB category. There were only 4 seconds dividing the first 3 riders.
Torq in your Sleep was another great ride where I finished 8th out of 38 after the 12 hours.
I certainly have the bug for long distance racing and can’t wait to do more. A structured training programme is in place for this winter where I want to be stronger and fitter for 2011. My goal is to reach the podium for a major race.