- Castle Combe Road Race (winning content) :-)
I won my first race today! 😀
I have always been nervous about road racing but today I raced at Castle Combe in the Cat 4’s and being only my second ever road race I thought if I could come away with a few points I would be really chuffed.
For the whole race I stayed in the 10 ten, helped chase down attacks, even tried a break with other riders! Coming into the last corner I was in a good position in 5th and a small gap opened when every on started moving right and I just launched a massive attack from about 350/ 400 yards out. Thankfully I managed to hold everyone off and won by about 10 bike lengths. I have never won anything in bike racing before and it is such a good feeling. Very happy at the moment. 😀
No point to this thread other than wanting to share!Posted 5 years agogarySubscriber
Nice one – I thought about going to that race after puncturing out of the Ludgershall race yesterday but felt shite when I woke up so knocked it on the head.
My desire to grab a cat 3 license has been reinvigorated by the Winchester crit too, but I have 9 points to go!Posted 5 years ago
Training wise I use training peaks which is based on the Joe Friel Training Bible and training between 10 – 15 hours a week. You put in your goals and it generates a training schedule for you for what you need to do that week, whether it’s Speed, Mucsular endurance, strength etc. You then pick workouts based on you weaknesses whilst maintaining your strengths.
It’s strucutred to 4 week blocks from Base 1,2 & 3 to Build 1,2 then peak then race. I’m currently in the build 1 period so have just started doing some speed and threshold work. Previously I was doing a lot of muscular endurance as I know that’s a weak part of my cycling.
I am not doing a lot of miles really as it’s all based on the longest race I intend to do so I am building up to 50/ 60 mile races. I am also doing TT’s so have been doing lots of long threshold workouts on my rollers.
I’m lucky as I ride in a club with strong riders so I’m forever improving and if I’m honest I found the race relatively easy. It was helped by the fact that I surprised the pack by going long too. I’m sure moving up a Cat won’t be so easy though. Tempted to ride in the E123 rather than Cat3 only as that will improve my speed more.Posted 5 years ago
How many times a week/month are you racing?
I’ll be racing TT’s on tuesday nights starting in 3 weeks time and RR/ Crits/ TT’s at the weekends throughout the season. Still need to complete my calender though. There’s also a 6 race Summer CX series at the end of May too.Posted 5 years ago
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