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Brother UK

Posted by Simon Richardson on Wednesday, March 2, 2011,
Hi

Yes I know I have not blogged for a while, this will change I have to get in to the habit of doing it.

Well yesterday I went to Manchester for a meeting in Brother UK with Phil Jones. It was a great meeting and also great to talk to someone who wanted to listen to me about cycling and what I have done and how I became disabled. You can read a blog Phil did at  

Training is going good at the moment all seems to be on target, I have just done a power test for the BC so waitin...
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24.01.11

Posted by Simon Richardson on Tuesday, January 25, 2011,
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On Sunday I was down the track with about 30 other riders and 1 motorbike. We did a lot of train station stuff at high speed with the warm up I was on the track for 1h45min and did 42miles with a top speed of 37miles, and then I went out for a nice meal with my wife for our wedding anniversary.
Monday I was out on the road for a good 3h ride. It was a nice 1h warm up then I did 20min at TT pace 10min recovery then another 20min at TT pace 10 min Recovery then an hour ride home which was the ...
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20.01.11

Posted by Simon Richardson on Saturday, January 22, 2011,
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It has been a hard time over the last few days as I have been doing some good 100mile rides which were really hard due to the wind and then the weather changes to very cold. I went out on the road for one day and almost crashed 5 times in 45min on black ice. I got to one part of the road and there was a couple of cars crashed and traffic everywhere. Just managed to stay up right and got home again. Then I spent two days up in London as my brother-in-law is not very well and my wife is givin...
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12.01.11

Posted by Simon Richardson on Wednesday, January 12, 2011,
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Well that was a bad day on the road it was very wet, gail force winds, fog and flooded roads, and because of the weather there were cars everywhere. I was say I hated every miniute of the ride today and was just glad to get home. I just hope it starts to clear up a bit for the weekend. What I need is some warm weather training anyone want to take me away.

Simon
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11.01.11

Posted by Simon Richardson on Tuesday, January 11, 2011,
Hi

See I am trying to blog

Today was a hard ride I was going up the mountains but due to gale force winds I stayed on the flat and had a good fast 3h30min. I pushed it hard for the middle hour and played with the rest of the time by doing some power work and some attacks on the rolling roads to see how long i could stay on top of the gear

I hope it will be the mountains tomorrow we shall see

Simon
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cant blog

Posted by Simon Richardson on Monday, January 10, 2011,

Hi all

I have not done a Blog in a long time I just cannot get my head around it. I am having enough trouble trying to self coach and get out on the road. I am doing some good miles at moment about 350+ a week and 20 to 25+ hours a week but its been hard with all this snow and bad weather. At the moment I am trying to sort out what I am doing with the races for the year I think I am almost sorted with the races I am doing in this country so now I know what I am doing with my goals. I have been...


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whats next

Posted by Simon Richardson on Wednesday, October 20, 2010,
hi all

This week is a recovery week so doing nice easy efforts to try and get my legs sorted ready to start my high milage weeks of 300+ miles. For a change today and to get ready for Children in Need i am going down the track this Wednesday.
Hopefully from next week I will be down there once a week, I will normally ride to the track on a Tuesday so that will get me a good 80 miles in and I then intend to do 2 big rides a week the club ride on Sunday and hopefully a ling ride of about 100miles ...
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This Week

Posted by Simon Richardson on Friday, October 8, 2010,
Hi

 I have now finished racing for the year now so just had a training week of turbo and road. There is not really a lot to report I am starting to build for next year now so having some long rides on Sundays with the local club, I think this Sunday will be a nice 100mile ride

Simon
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Children In Need

Posted by Simon Richardson on Tuesday, October 5, 2010,
Hi All

I am doing Children In Need on November 19th, you can see the site for the event here http://www.demon-cycles.co.uk/tmr/tmpudsey24hrs/2010index.htm I will be there with Coffee from www.biggmaggys.com and juice from www.juicedoctordrinks.com I will have my first ride on my welsh dragon painted bike which is being done by Performance Race Art.
The next thing to do is start training for it not been on the track for a while

Simon
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Sarn Helen Map

Posted by Simon Richardson on Tuesday, August 31, 2010,

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Sarn Helen Ride

Posted by Simon Richardson on Tuesday, August 31, 2010,
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Well it was a hard 118 miles on Sunday doing the Sarn Helen Ride. Apart from the mountains it was cold and very wind. It started off ok when I was in a group of 4 riders, they were doing the short route of 80 miles so when we hit the first climb they attacked so I just let them go, I knew what was to come. I got caught by 2 other riders who were also doing the short ride so when we got to the 45 mile mark they stopped and I started the long and lonely ride of 73 miles alone and this was the...
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This weather

Posted by Simon Richardson on Tuesday, August 24, 2010,
The weather has turned bad over the last week. The only good day was Sunday when I managed to get 5 hours done in the mountains the rest of the time i seem to be on the rollers, lucky this is a recovery week ready for the long ride on Sunday when I do the 118mile sportive www.sarnhelensportif.org  I am looking forward to this. I will also be able to test my drinks from www.juicedoctordrinks.com If you are in the Neath are I will be the one in the www.bigmaggys.com kit on the bike from www.phi...
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A bad time

Posted by Simon Richardson on Thursday, August 19, 2010,

The last few months have not been to good I have been racing in Spain, France and Germany to get some good results which i did with top 10 finishes and some top 5 finishes. This placed me in the top 10 of the world rankings so I was a bit shocked when I am told by the British Team that i am not going to the World Champs even though I did all they asked. I will leave that there or I will say something I will regret.
I was then ill for 2 weeks which is not normal for me. Also I have lost my coac...


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Jersey

Posted by Simon Richardson on Saturday, May 29, 2010,

Hi all

Today is day 3 of the racing in Jersey and I am sitting in Bigmaggys writing this. I have spent the last 3 days building my new bikes and doing some races.

Day 1 was a tough day with all the travelling and the early start. We were up at 4:30am and it was off to Gatwick to catch the plane to Jersey. Once there we were straight down to Bigmaggys to finish building my road bike ready for a local club race. I started the race with the fast riders and after 2 laps I had to pull out as I...


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Hard training makes easy racing

Posted by Simon Richardson on Wednesday, May 26, 2010,
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Well I have had some very hard days of training over the last week and also a lot of running around to try and get thinks sorted ready to go to Jersey on the 27th. I am almost sorted now got to fetch wheels tonight from James www.printcostreducer.co.uk . Dave www.service-course.com has finished the bikes www.phiancarbon.com just got to tweak them when I get to www.bigmaggys.com Got a small race on the night of the 27th and then its hill climb on 28th, TT on 29th, crit on 30th and RR on 31st...
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back to it

Posted by Simon Richardson on Wednesday, May 19, 2010,

Hi

I had just a basic week with some good trraining and one 10 mile TT  which I finished 9th in apart from that not a lot happenened last week.
This Monday I was up in Llangynwyd school it was good fun having to talk to five different classes. not done so much talking for a long time.
Back to training again on Tuesday with two turbo sessions, these were done in UWIC with Paul so that he could do Lactic tests.
The one thing I never understand is when I am inside training its nice and warm and sun...


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Urt stage race

Posted by Simon Richardson on Monday, May 10, 2010,

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Its been hard racing in Urt in Southern France it has been wet for most of the time.

The first stage was around Urt and was only 84k very fast course I think I touched 45mph in the pack on a fast descent and it was just attack after attack. Every lap we had a climb in it and I am not the best of climbers. Each time we hit the climb the little 50kilo blokes would attack so after about the 3 time up this I slipped backwards off the front group, with one of my team mates we worked for th...


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We got sun

Posted by Simon Richardson on Thursday, May 6, 2010,
Had a very easy day today went out for a spin over the road course again just to play with gears on the hill again. I don't like hills at the best of times but as long as I can get over this one seven times I like the course as it is good for a sprint, but we will have to see what happens tomorrow afternoon.
We now have a nice sunny day so that means it will rain tomorrow lol.
I will do a race report as soon as I can
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Wet Wet Wet

Posted by Simon Richardson on Wednesday, May 5, 2010,

Just been out for an easy two hours in the wet and cold which I enjoyed. As a group we rode the road race course then everyone else got in the van to go to the TT course not sure why they did not ride across with me as it is only 10 miles. It was a easy ride of the TT course then I rode back to the hotel.

The new road race course is a lot better than the other one with just one easier climb I say easy but every climb is easy its just when you take them at speed. I am fitting a 44 ring to t...


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Love the French

Posted by Simon Richardson on Wednesday, May 5, 2010,
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I have now been in France since Monday and have been out training on the circuit for Fridays race only to find out that they have changed the course. So instead of doing the circuit we did last year it is now a new one that goes straight past our hotel so am going out to train on that one later and then we are going off to train on the TT circuit then off to the crit circuit as that may have changed to. The problem we have with the crit circuit is that we have two maps of it one hard copy ...
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training ride

Posted by Simon Richardson on Tuesday, May 4, 2010,

Hi all

I have just been for a spin around the race course for Friday we are only doing 87k over 7 laps which 1s only 12.4k laps but it seems to take for ever to get around so either the distance is wrong or the course is harder than it looks, but it’s the same for everyone. The weather is holding up at the moment, but there is still snow and rain forecast for tomorrow, but we will see what happens.

The course it self is very rolling with a big gear up hill finish. I can just about get ...


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Results

Posted by Simon Richardson on Tuesday, May 4, 2010,

These are the top ten results for my class

Stage 1 11k down and up TT

1º 82 ESP19791215 NEIRA, Cesar 4 SEL. ESPAÑOLA 0:18:03

2º 93 USA19790420 KAVANAGH, Samuel 4 U.S.Paralympics 0:18:24

3º 91 NOR19840312 JAHR, Morten 4 Norway 0:18:33

4º 46 COL19900517 DUEÑAS, Diego G. 4 Colombia 0:18:35

5º 45 COL19670207 GAHONA, Luis E. 4 Colombia 0:18:36

6º 86 ITA19720523 MCKEOWN, Shaun 4 Great Britain 0:19:05

7º 85 GBR19661110 RICHARDSON, Simon 4 Great Britain 0:19:18

8º 44 BEL19710704...


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Mondy 03/05

Posted by Simon Richardson on Monday, May 3, 2010,
We had a big storm here last night so much so that when we had the flash of lightning the plug sockets were glowing.

 I was meant to be riding from Spain to France today but a change in the weather and also I have just found out that we could be doing a ablebody crit on Wednesday night so need to hold back on the long ride and no one else is doing the long ride so it would be 110+miles all by myself. Not sure what time we are leaving so will try and get a 3h ride in later.

simon
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Road Race

Posted by Simon Richardson on Sunday, May 2, 2010,

Today’s road race was wet and very slippery. We started late as normal and the race started from the gun as we did not have a neutralized zone as we normally do with in the first 1k we had shed a load of riders and there were group spread out behind us. Russ attacked straight away as he normally did I just sat in the pack watching the Spanish pull him back. Once he was back with us more attacks came but these were soon pulled back. The start finish is now on a cobbled surface so first tim...


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TT day

Posted by Simon Richardson on Sunday, May 2, 2010,

Hi All

I did 2 TT’s today in Spain one I hate the other one I loved.

The morning TT was about 11k which started with an uphill start for about 1k then went down hill for 5k were we turned and climbed for 5k and then it was a 1k decent to the finish. Not a course that I am any good at. I can get up the climbs and I can get up them at race pace but as I am 78kilos I am a bit heavy to keep up with the mountain goats and also it was wet so I took it easy on the way down as I wanted to live ...


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30th April Spain

Posted by Simon Richardson on Friday, April 30, 2010,

Hi All

I am sitting in a hotel room again in Spain after just going to see the first of two TT courses we are doing tomorrow. We were told it was flat but after seeing it and riding it one thing I can say is it is not rolling it is 5K down hill turn at the bottom and its then 5k back up the hill. So it is now going to be road bike and if it rains as it is meant to it will be aluminium rims as well.

After doing the hill twice it was not as bad as it looked I did a small test on it and was...


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The good and the bad

Posted by Simon Richardson on Tuesday, April 27, 2010,
Hi all

Well that was not a good weekend in the lakes.
Saturday was good I had a nice easy morning with a good breakfast with some nice people in the bed and breakfast. After that I went for a ride around the course, the sun was out it was warm and all was good. I took it easy for the first lap to try and work out what the course was like apart from the bad road surface in places it was very good fast road. I did the second lap at 80% with a couple of efforts on the small hills and I was very p...
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Bad Drive

Posted by Simon Richardson on Saturday, April 24, 2010,
Hi
Well that was a horrible drive up to the Lakes yesterday roadworks eveywhere, with lots of people who cannot drive. The Bed and Breakfast we are in is realy nice and like a home from home. I am going out for a spin around the Lakes later to check out the course as they had a lot of flood damage in this area.

simon

http://www.honisterhouse.co.uk/

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Jif Thursday Ride

Posted by Simon Richardson on Friday, April 23, 2010,
Hi

It was a nice hard ride today. About 18 of us met up in the Castell Coffee Shop. Its a normal start with us riding in a 2 bike line. We headed up towards Powerstation hill we come up the main road not up the big hill. From there it a steady 20 to 25mph ride over towards Ogmore we do go a bit faster I know at one time we were doing 35mph+ in a nice string when Mat and me were on the front. When we get to Ogmore the ride splits in to two groups the fast ride goes around the coast when the oth...
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nice ride

Posted by Simon Richardson on Wednesday, April 21, 2010,

Hi all

Had a nice 3 hours in the sun today. Just going around the lanes by myself.

Tomorrow will be different I am meeting JIF in Cardiff for their hard ride. It normally stays together for the first 1h30min then we split and the ride just gets faster and faster. Hard but great fun.

Off up to the lakes on Friday for the next round of the Rudy Project I  like the course up there. I will do a full report on the race

Simon


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New Site

Posted by Simon Richardson on Tuesday, April 20, 2010,
Hi

I am now back fully new site is almost set up


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