11.018b – Æight days a week – Tuesday

So the time for panic is over! The thing is, at this point, you can only make certain adjustments anyway. You should concern yourself...

11.018a – 604800 seconds

One week to go before that big race. It’s a landmark in time when you’re preparing for something that you care about, something that...

11.015 – Trials and Tribulations

Trial [noun] 1. the act of trying, testing, or putting to the proof. 2. test; proof. Tribulation [noun] 1. a cause of distress 2. a state...

11.014 – Four, Three, Two,…

The third round of the Bedgebury “Summer” (ahem) Short Course XC Series took place on Saturday. Most lists of things-to-do-on-rainy-days...

11.013 – A Week of Mayhem – Full Story

“Mountain Mayhem” is the jewel in the British 24hour racing crown. It’s had many sponsors over the years and was originally known as the...

11.011 – A smoother week

I looked back at some pictures of me training in the winter the other day and they seemed a million miles away from the dry dusty trails...

11.010 – Southern Champs

Could this be the best race ever? In many ways it was. Did I win? Not even close! Did I learn anything? A little. But, did I push myself...

11.009 – Bluebells and Bikes

Sitting in the middle of the front row on the start was the most uncomfortable I’ve ever felt in a domestic race. I have no idea why –...

11.008 – Hors Catégorie

“If you want to get faster, you have to race [and train] with faster riders.” My friends words had echoed in my head through the mass...

11.006 – Strong Wheels at Southern XC One

Steep! Thank the gods that the new hill was only a short one because after a couple of hundred riders had scrubbed the top layer off the...

11.005 pt.2 – A rough weekend

“Going playing in the woods, that’s what I say – I’m going on a training ride, but to me it’s just playing in the woods. Living where I...

11.005 pt.1 – A rough week

Maybe we take our daily routine for granted, or maybe the grass really is greener on the other side. Either way, I know that when it...

11.004 – Too Slow at XC Zero

“What’s the new bike like?” “How much training have you done?” “What races are you doing this summer?” These are the bike racing world’s...

11.003 – A blustery day at the Velodrome

It’s 1am and after a fairly fashionable night in Islington, I’m weaving in between taxis and partygoers, racing the number 19 to Finsbury...