It’s a pretty good feeling, sitting on a plane and heading to a race again, one that I’ve definitely missed of late!
After crashing out on 6th February and spending the last three months recovering and regaining fitness, I am very eager to get going and get on that start line at the Glava Tour of Norway
Having rode in the tour last year I know it’s a great race to make my return in though I’m not expecting an easy ride as I will have my work cut out riding for our defending champ and hometown hero Eddy BH.
The race gets progressively harder as it goes on which should enable me to find my racing rhythm again in the opening stages before we hit the more arduous queen stages.
Following on from Norway I will head directly to Bayern Rundfahrt for another 5 days of hard racing in Germany.
Physically it’s going to be a tough couple of weeks but I feel confident knowing how much hard work I have put in during my rehab especially in this last month to get ready for these races.
On completion of these two races it will finish off a good block of work and I will come out the other side with a strong physical condition ready to tackle the rest of the season.
After getting back to the rigours of racing again and working hard in Norway I will be looking to show my hand in some of the stages in Bayern if I have the legs and the condition. But for now it’s just important for me to focus on the Glava Tour and get back into the racing zone as soon as possible.
I’m sure you can imagine how keen and excited I am to be racing again. I’m really looking forward to what hopefully is going to be a fun couple of weeks.
A return to racing this week at the Glava Tour….If you want some detailed reading matter about the race the organizers have posted the entire race manual online ! Download it here
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Well its been a while since I have out something up on the website so sorry about that!
But I have good reason as I have been taking a the time to really concentrate on my rehab and to get my knee back in good working order, and
I ‘m very pleased to say that I’m finally training hard again and that the knee is now around 90% there.
Being honest, this injury has definitely taken it out of me, it’s been one of those injury’s that has just kept lingering around which has made it very mentally hard to deal with because at this time of the year all you want to be doing is racing with the team and training hard and it’s has been a long while since I have felt a good burn and ache in my legs from training, over 2 months to be precise.
But writing this I have just come off the back of doing a 28 hour week so I am definitely getting that tired feeling back!
The knee is not totally pain free but its now very manageable. I am at the point now where I can start to add more structure to my training and start the road back to full fitness plus now that I have been discharged from full time physio, I am heading out to my summer season base, which will be in Nice, France.
I am excited about spending the season in Nice; I have spent some time there in the past and the training and scenery in unbelievable. You only have to go 1-2km out of town before you are in some beautiful countryside with lots of mountain passes to train on and there are plenty of riders that live in and around Nice and Monaco so finding a training partner is not going to be a problem.
I am looking forward to experiencing the French Riviera properly, I spent a number of years in Tuscany and I loved it there but now I am ready to try something new, as I love exploring new places and traveling around.
My scheduled return to racing is at the Tour of Norway. I rode in Norway last year and it’s a great race. It should be a perfect race to make my come back in though I will have my work cut out as Eddy will be looking to defend his tittle in his home race.
We will see how Norway goes but my program after should look like Tour of Swiss and then the National Road Race.
But before all that can happen its time to crack open the sun block and get out into the hills around Nice.
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Here is an update on what I’ve been up to since the season openers in Mallorca.
My recent trip down to the Triathlon Show at the beginning of March was good fun and it was really enjoyable to be in a slightly different environment but still around people that are passionate about cycling.
Whilst I was down south, I did my first Twitter ride and it worked out really well. Before the ride I was very curious and to be honest a little apprehensive as to how many people would come, I was expecting a one man and his dog scenario! But I needn’t of been quite so pessimistic as it turned out to be a very successful ride and something I’d like to do more of in the future.
The amount of riders that turned up on a very cold morning was encouraging to see and I think its more proof cycling in Britain is in rude health and the new sport to be involved in.
As you may have seen from the website post last week, I have got involved with a sportive being organised by Human Race so I also met up with them to talk through the event.
To give you a quick inside to the sportive, it will just run on 30th June down in London. There will be 3 distances 50km, 100km and 100mile. It finishes off nicely with a lap of the famous Herne Hill Velodrome that is the last standing infrastructure of the 1948 London Olympics, and is currently going through a major spruce up.
It’s definitely going to be a cool event and one not to be missed. I’m hoping to ride the sportive and as long as it fits with my racing schedule…I will be there. for more info on the event click here
As you can see I’ve been keeping myself busy as to be honest I have had a bit of a rough time of it of late, the knee injury that I picked up from my crash in the Mallorca Challenge is still hanging around.
I think we are on the home straight now but it has been quite a challenging time. After the spill I just wanted to get back on my bike and build on my form and fitness, but it was a vicious circle. I would feel OK and ride, then the next day I could feel the pain come back.
I’m sure you can imagine taking time out when you have good condition and goal’s coming up is hard no matter what level of sports person you are and I’m not afraid to admit I struggled with that and now I think I’m paying the price a little through rushing it a bit too much.
The knee is feeling better now but it is looking like my classics season is over before it begun, frustrating but I need to be positive and I am lucky that it is still only March and I will be able to come back stronger and even more hungry to achieve a good mid and late season.
Ben has signed up to be an ambassador for the 2013 london Cycle Sportive happening on June 30th this year.
Swifty, who is of course both a track and road cyclist will join Londoners on 30 June to take part in the event which takes in London 2012 Olympic Venue, Box Hill and ends with a unique finish in the 1948 Herne Hill Olympic Velodrome. With Ben’s support the event will also help to raise awareness and funds for Official Charity Access Sport, whose mission is to give more kids from disadvantaged areas better access to local, quality sport.
For more information and to enter what will be a great event click here