First 70.3 win at Wimbleball


June 18th, 2014 by



It felt great to finally get that win this weekend in Wimbleball. When you race big races every time it can be a long time between winning races unless you’re the best!

Freddy and me

We had beautiful weather in Exmoor finally, even hot at times and the whole course glistens when it’s like this. It has to be one of the most beautiful 70.3′s out there…maybe one of the worst when it’s raining though!

My bike was really well prepared by our BMC mechanic David, thanks for that! I went for Shimano C75′s on front and back due to the steep nature of the hills and I think it was a good decision.

mechanic

The swim is where I knew I had to try to do some damage. I prepared to swim fast in the weeks before because if I could help it I didn’t want the boys at the front getting away from me and I wanted to try to leave Ritchie Nichols in my wake because I know what he can do on his best days.

I felt great in the swim and managed to exit with my training mate Mark Threlfall and Dan Hawksworth. I love my Sailfish wetsuit and swear I’m racing beyond my level in this suit! Mark ramped it up in the last 600m, I could see the chop coming from him and I just managed to hold on so we had a decent split on the other guys and we made the most of it on the hilly course. I had no idea through the ride what was happening behind but we just got our heads down and Dan and the other German guy we were with rode hard. I felt decent the whole way with minimal bad patches but there were times where I thought the other two guys were turning the screws on me and I felt tired.

I think I actually ended up being the strongest in the pack to my surprise and in the end we actually managed to drop Dan on the last set of climbs.

Out on the run we had about a 90 second gap to a pack of 5 who were not too far behind us the whole ride. Harry Springall was chasing me hard on the run and it was a long way back to Ritchie and after a few laps of good running I knew I had enough gas to get round for a semi comfortable win.

Winning pic

Congrats to Harry Springall for his first 70.3 podium in 2nd. First of many I’m sure and Ritchie for battling it out for 3rd.

The crowd were amazing at the finish and it was nice to see Freddy, my new born son come to watch me for the first time win my first 70.3 on fathers day! Great timing!

Thanks for the interaction everyone! I hope those who raced got what they wanted out of it, what a tough course!

 

 

Barcelona and onwards.


June 11th, 2014 by



Hello everybody, thanks for tapping in.

Things are going well for me as we hit half way through the season. I’m just getting stuck into a meaty taper for UK 70.3 down in Wimbleball and I think I’m probably coming into some of my best shape of the season so far. It’s all very nice when you’re resting up knowing that you have good legs. Not a bad gig sitting on the sofa super-compensating, getting fitter as you chug through your cup of tea!

Before ride

I’m pretty happy with the season so far. I’ve managed to bag three 2nd places in 70.3 events. Most recently from the Barcelona 70.3 which was a fantastic race! Probably about time I turn it around and get a win, but already this season is better then last year.

It’s a brilliant race down in Barcelona, nice point to point sea swim, very very solid hilly bike course and flat run along the Med. We had another quality field of athletes with Victor Del Corral, Terenzo Bozzone, Jan Van Berkel, Bruno Pais, Sylvain Sudrie and many others. Unfortunately I let Sylvain Sudrie and Jan gap my by too much on the descent and I never saw Sylvain again.  He was fricking strong all day and deserved the win anyway. Anyone who has trained with me knows I’m a pussy on the descents! Crashed too many times in my life but did start to get my confidence up towards the end of the ride to be fair.  I had a duel with Terenzo for about 10k on the run before deciding that he’s too dangerous to leave to a sprint finish so had to give him a bit of surgery! Was happy to take 2nd in my best performance in a 70.3 yet.

running with Terenzo

I got back home and after 3 or 4 days of resting I cracked back on with my training (in the rain). I knew I was quite fit and wanted to try to push my fitness up to a mini peak for Wimbleball.  Everything went well  and I had a great few weeks training out of Loughborough with the guys here.

I’m excited to race this weekend. I was useless last year and not exactly going in with great memories but I think the course is brilliant and I believe I’m a new man a year on. Looking at the field it’s going to be an epic race.

Hope to see some of you out there. Good luck with your summers whatever you have planned!

chilling out after race

Uplace BMC team camp and what’s next.


May 14th, 2014 by



Hey everyone.

It’s been a decent start to the year, three 70.3 races down in South Africa, California and the Caribbean and now onto my next one in Barcelona. It’s been a pretty chaotic and busy start but after this things will settle down a bit spending the next 12 weeks at home and not really travelling far at all. My wife and new born Son Freddy will appreciate this for sure!

I love being back home in Leicestershire, it’s really where I train best, It’s good to live in my own home, I know my routes, I have all the support I need and the more and more I travel the more I realise that this is the easiest and most awesome place to train.

I just got back from our 2nd Uplace BMC team camp of the year in Mallorca. It was nice to be around the whole team again and get in some hard work. The support was world class as usual with a full time mechanic , masseuse, medical support and strength and conditioning coach plus the logistics and management from Ben and Bob de Wolf. I’m so lucky to be part of the team and really enjoying it this year.

I took part in the Mallorca Olympic while I was out there which was also the Balearic Championships. I managed to take the win by almost 3mins which showed that my form is in a decent place in the middle of my preparation for Barcelona 70.3. We also had some guys racing in Mallorca 70.3 and they all came back with a podium so we must be doing something right! So far the team is killing it and it’s great to see.

I had to change my plans last minute and cancel racing in Mallorca. The time scales didn’t work out for me and I decided to take an extra week between San Juan where I last raced and Mallorca to recover effectively and build back up and entered Barcelona which is next weekend instead. These races are no joke, they hit you hard and take a lot of your energy especially when you battle jet lag on top so you really have to be careful when planning your season. Something i’ve not mastered quite yet!

I’m excited for what’s coming up. After Barcelona I’m hitting the UK 70.3 to race a strong field with the likes of Tim Don who’s gunning this year and also Ritchie Nichols and co. We have many good athletes racing longer these days so that will be an big day out. After this I’m taking a mid season break to recharge and enjoy the other half of my life with the family! Then it’s off to Boulder, one of my other favourite haunts for some preparation for the World 70.3 Champs. I’ll probably stop at Calgary 70.3 on the way over!

Good luck everyone, check out the pictures below from the Uplace BMC camp!

Mallorca Olympic

riding with the boys

 

Tom Mechanic

 

swim session

 

tent

Stefano

 

team ride

 

swim start