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Sarn Helen Ride

August 31, 2010
Hi

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 hard bit with 25% climbs and it was so wet it was hard to climb, if you got out of the saddle you were spinning the back wheel and if you sat you were pulling the front wheel off the ground. Then when you thought you can make up time on the down hill bits you were on the brakes as it was so slippery and you never knew if a side wind was going to catch you on a corner and push you to the edge.
It makes it sound a horible ride but in a strange way I enjoyed it 

Got to do some training now but my legs are not good

Simon 
 

This weather

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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