First up thanks for all the positive messages on my re – signing with Team Sky, the new contract has helped augment my current feeling of positivity!
I’m feeling good and It’s been great to get a full year of racing under my belt, by the time this season closes out I will have raced nearly 13,000KM.
These miles will give me a really solid base for my winter training as I have felt on occasions this season that I am missing that little bit of depth that a full winters training gives you, though on the upside I’m feeling more mentally fresh in the latter part of the season, so I am happy to be doing the later races and looking forward to a full winter program…No rest for the wicked!
My race program and schedule have been carefully planned so as to get me in good form for this part of the year as I have had my eye on doing a good ride at the Worlds.
I took a complete break in July after a heavy spring and early summer and that mid-season break has enabled me to come back in pretty good shape and since then I have been building up form by doing the right type of races and training that will allow my body to be as fresh as possible for the Worlds.
Taking a break is actually the hard part as it’s far too easy to keep pushing and pushing, so I have had to listen to my body and make sure not to push too hard, we will soon see if the strategy has worked, unfortunately its never an exact science!
The Tour of Britain was a good form builder and a tough test one main reason is because the roads are so heavy!
Lots of rain means heavier, grippy tarmac and the roads just make you feel really bad though it was encouraging that when the hammer went down, I came around and could race most of the finishes
The TOB is a special race for any British rider that races mainly in Europe, its an awesome feeling to be able to come home and race in front of a home crowd and now that TOB is getting a higher profile with bigger billing this only adds to the event.
Although hard, I really enjoyed it and the TOB is turning into a great race to prep for the worlds, its 8 days of solid racing with some testing long stages. I think every body that raced it this year was ready for a few easy days after the race!
So my next race is the Worlds, it goes without saying that I am very happy to be a part of the team and its always a special moment when you pull on that national jersey. The course is very interesting and one that I liked the look of when I went to reccy it in the summer.
It could make for a strange race and it’s definitely not straight forward, the profile and the circuit allows a variety of options for race strategy and with 14 laps to complete it’s also very hard.
There are teams there that will not want to bring it to any sort of sprint, which means it will be hard for a long time and for me it’s going to be about trying to survive the climbs as best I can, but we have a great team with a lot of cards to play and I am very much looking forward to it.
I am heading out really early to spend a bit of time there and get into the environment in order to give myself the best possible chance.
Hope to see you out there! As always thanks for your continued support