Well it was a late start to the season for me due to illness in the winter but I was mega excited to get the chance to race in the Velotik RT kit for the first time courtesy of No Pinz and, more importantly, on my new TT bike (Giant Trinity Advanced). The chosen race was Wrexham RCs Hilly Time Trial of which I came 4th in a very talented field of riders, including UCI full time Pro Ryan Mullen from Cannondale Pro Cycling.
My main goals of the season were to achieve a credible result in the Tour of Cambridgeshire Chrono and to get PBs for my 10 and 25 mile TTs.
I aimed to peak for the Tour of Cambridgeshire and my form didnt disappoint. I was 4th in my age category (34-39), which tends to be the strongest of the fields, and was only edged out of a podium place by one of the later riders by 12 secs. Disappointed I was that close to a podium spot but mega happy with my efforts.
My other targets for the year were to get a 10 mile PB. I’m pleased to say that this happened more quickly and surprisingly to me than expected. During the Rhos on Sea 10 mile TT I was not on top form and had to borrow my brother’s TT bike, which is too small for me, but conjured up a time of 19.45, a whole 11 seconds faster than my PB. However, own bike returned and peak form reached I went to Hull’s V718 Team Swift’s open 10 and recorded a dream time for me, something I never thought I’d achieve: 18.57. To say I was chuffed is an understatement.
An unfortunate mechanical scuppered my chances of a 25 mile TT PB but the form was there and I know I can do it, so bring on next year.
My other achievement during the year – which really made my season complete – was solo victory in the Weaver Valley Road Race. I also wanted to win a Road Race, and by a Steve Cummings style attempt, and couldn’t believe I managed it with 6 miles left.
I also tried my chances in Mountain Biking for a change and surprisingly took victory in the Masters 30-39 age group in the Llandegla Firemans MTB race.
It has been a great first season for Velotik and next year promises to be even better.
Big thanks to all the sponsors for making this possible, for the kit, the session at Aerocoach, race at Thruxton Circuit Champs and everything else, so thanks to Potter Rees Dolan, DC Legal, Oruro Consulting Ltd and RW Hough & Sons.