Sunday 10 October 2010

The Bug for Racing

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.

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