WORLD 24 HOUR TT CHAMPION

A wise woman once said “It does not matter how fast you ride if you cannot finish; the key is to learn to ride optimally. Ultra-cycling racing is more about you and less about the other person”.

National 24hr TT – WIN !

Last weekend 5 really cool things happened: 1. I became the 2017 women’s national 24hr TT champion and – with a provisional distance of 456.45 miles – I came within touching distance of the all-time women’s competition record (461.45 miles), despite enduring far from ideal conditions; 2. I also became the 1st woman ever to…

12-hour and 24-hour Races

Recently I did a 12hr TT and a 24hr race back to back on consecutive weekends – plus a 600k Audax in less than 24 hours the weekend before that. Most ‘normal’ people would say doing any of these events full stop would be mad enough, let alone doing them back to back. It isn’t…

24 Hour TT Worlds

The World 24 Hour Time Trial Championships were my last hope to somewhat redeem my 2016 season after a DVT in summer meant I only competed at 3 events in the whole year and spent many hours indoor on my turbo. Everything went to plan during the cooler first 12 hours of the race but…

24 Hour Races: Solo vs Team

In 2013 I did my first 24-hour cycle race at Le Mans on the famous Bugatti Circuit. Solo. Straight into the deep end and I absolutely loved it. This year I competed at Revolve24, a similar 24-hour race at Brands Hatch in Kent. This time as a mixed team of 4 and again I got…

Total Women’s Cycling

I was recently asked by Total Women’s Cycling for some insight into what it is that appeals to me in endurance racing and how to prepare for a 24 hour event. See link for the full interview.

National 12hr TT – WIN!

It took me a year, but I am super chuffed to have achieved last year’s goal: winning the National 12hr TT title. Being awarded the Best British All-Rounder title last year was amazing – and I wouldn’t do it justice by considering it ‘solace’ for missing out on my main goal – but winning the…

IF…

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with triumph and disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

Final SEWTTS Event for 2014

On the 20th of September the 12th and final event of the South East Women’s Time Trial Series was held on the rolling H10/3a course near Newbury (see link for profile). This is an out-and-back single carriage way 10 mile course with a relatively straight forward, if slightly tight, turn at the roundabout at the…

Ski slopes and achieving goals

Last weekend I reached two of my end-of-season goals, a ‘21’ for a 10m TT and a ‘55’ for a 25m TT. Admittedly these PBs were set on fast courses, both with a considerable ‘ski slope’ to add to both the speed and fear factor! The Saturday event organised by Icknield RC was held on…

Women’s National 10 mile TT

During the last weekend of August the Women’s National 10 mile TT was held near Alcester (Warwickshire) on the flat K33/10D course and surprisingly I exceeded my expectations and came 8th . See link for full results. As I still see myself as more of a long distance specialist (and have only very recently adjusted my…

End of season goals

As I hinted at in my last blog post, I still have a few end-of-season goals I would like to fulfill. One of them was to maintain my 2nd cat British Cycling licence. Although I am pretty sure I have turned into a dedicated tester now, I would like to keep my options open. Winning…

Post-Nat12hr TT disappointment…onwards and upwards!

It has taken me a little while to recover from my disappointing performance at the National 12hr TT, physically as well as mentally. Physical recovery wasn’t all too bad (no saddle sores this time at least), but that week I simply couldn’t complete any training session focused on threshold power in preparation for the National…

Failure

I started this blog to share ups and downs. People always like to hear good news. This post is neither an outcry for pity nor an invitation for ‘Schadenfreude’, but maybe some can take something from my failures too. The big goal I set myself for this year was to win the National 12Hrs. Well……

SEWTTS = RAIN :-( and BOOKS :-)

The last two weekends have been filled by a succession of South East Women’s Time Trial Series (SEWTTS) events and a pattern is definitely starting to emerge…SEWTTS = rain. For each event it either rained, or just stopped raining or didn’t rain but rain was forecast. The first of three recent SEWTTS events was the…

Getting married and first 100m TT

After all the stress of planning and preparing for the big day (well more like a long-weekend), the actual wedding celebrations were so much fun. Of course I am biased, but it really was the best wedding I have ever been to! This is a cycling blog after all, so I won’t bore you with…

My first National TT, my first 50mTT

The last month has been one of wedding planning stress and way too many hours in the office. Cycling was sort of haphazardly squeezed in whenever I had a bit of time which sadly wasn’t much. And then suddenly it was time for the National 50 Championship on an undulating course near Poole (see course…

Learning to handle Shiv

I picked up lots of great insight from Andy and Jill Wilkinson during my recent training camp in Mallorca, but perhaps one of the most important things is to ride my TT bike as often as possible so both the position and handling become more natural.   Last week (starting from the Easter long weekend) I…

First race first win

Actually my first race in 2014 should have been the Redhill 18 miles TT on the 16th of February but unfortunately that event had been cancelled due to ice on the roads. A pity as my training up to that point had been going quite well and I felt in a position of possibly having…