Good Times ! photo: Graham Watson

Victory !

It was great to win stage 5 of the Tour of the Basque country. I will have a full update on the site very soon, thanks for all the continued support guys!

Ben

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Podium at La Primavera

It was a very long, very hard and very wet day in the saddle but placing on the podium at the historical Milan – San Remo race this weekend was no doubt my highlight of the season so far. Lasting the rain and hail and being able to keep my concentration and focus throughout the brutal but beautiful race has continued to boost my confidence. I’m really happy with the fact I was there in the mix at the end of the race for a rider type like myself that’s what its all about. Thanks to the team who rode superbly all day…!

Ben

It was a wet, wild and windy day. CK and G show their game face

It was a wet, wild and windy day. CK and G show their game face

Leaving it on the road!

Leaving it on the road!

It was a good day...looking forward to next year!

It was a good day…looking forward to next year! Congrats to Alexander Kristoff on his win

 

All photos courtesy of Graham Watson

 

 

 

 

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A good start to 2014

Hi All
So I’m happy to report that all things are well and I am feeling very good after my return to racing in Mallorca. I think everyone knew how excited I was to get back to this level of racing.

Of course I was still aware that I needed to keep focused and not throw myself into anything reckless because any lapse in concentration can put you on the deck and that could almost immediately halt all my progress.


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Inspiring South Africa Trip

As you may of read I’ve recently been on an amazing trip to South Africa. I stepped up my rehab in the warmer climate and was lucky enough to be able to experience some fantastic riding and truly inspiring experiences that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I spoke to Team Sky about my time and here are some exerts from the interview and some photos from the trip!

I knew I liked Cape Town as soon as I arrived

I knew I liked Cape Town as soon as I arrived!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Back on the road!

Hi All
The rehab on the shoulder continues and its been great to get back on the roads and start getting some training miles in.

Back on the tarmac! Love it

Back on the tarmac and loving it !

Great to be back out with some old friends. Once again..thanks for all the support!

Great to be back out with some old friends. Once again..thanks for all the support!

 

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Rehab!

Hello All,

It’s been a while since I wrote something on the website.  As I’m sure most of you know my season ended abruptly during the Eneco tour when it was plain to see my shoulder was still not right and we took the decision there and then to end my season and get the problem fixed once and for all, so as to ensure that I will have the right amount of time to prepare for the 2014 season.

The good news is I’m already on the road to recovery, I underwent my shoulder operation in early September and the operation was a success. Those who follow me on Twitter and Instagram you may well of seen the contraption I have to wear but if it helps me get right then I’m not going to complain!

From now onwards I will be working closely with the physios and doctors at Team Sky and British Cycling to get back to full fitness, the shoulder is such a crucial and complex part of the body that I’m very glad to be in the hands of some of the best in the business.

At the moment my rehab consists of resting! It’s slightly boring but its for the best, I ‘m just focussing on looking after myself, eating the right things and keeping healthy waiting for mid October when the arm is out of the sling and I can build up the intensity of the physio work and get back on the home trainer. Then if all is well things can move pretty fast and within 8-12 weeks of the operation I aim to be back on the road.

One positive side effect of the operation is that I’ve been able to watch loads of my favourite sport…Cycling! I’m a big fan and try and watch as many races as I can, which at the moment is practically everything!

It’s great to see the Brad.. sorry Sir Brad back firing again at the Tour of Britain and well done to all those braving the British weather to get out and see the race.

I’m also really looking forward to watching the World Championships, it’s a race that all the top riders aim to come to in peak condition and this year it’s hard to not feel, if he can last the course Peter Sagan could add the rainbow bands to what has been a stunning season for him already.

Beyond cycling I’m also a big fan of Moto GP I have been following the progress of Cal Crutchlow and am really enjoying the battle between: Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.

I guess at the moment you can say I’m more a professional sports fan than a sportsman! But beyond this and on a more serious note I’m also using my time out to focus and think about how I can improve myself as a rider for when I make my return, this is another positive I can take from my rehabilitation.  During the season its full on and sometimes you don’t have enough time to think let alone make improvements but now I have this time I’m planning on using it well and I have a lot of ideas on how to improve.

Once again thanks for all your continued support its all really appreciated and motivates me to come back super strong in 2014!

I’ll update you all soon with my progress, cheers for now

Ben