Posted by: Mike
I have to admit to being a bit lax here - ever since I finished my PGCE my brain has kind of just switched off. I'm not saying I haven't been busy. I've been riding, racing and doing numerous household jobs (like building rabbit hutches, putting together a new workbench and looking after my daughter whilst Lizzie goes back to work).

Anyway, updates! Had a few events since the last update, but as I haven't been feeling on top form I have just been concentrating on smaller races and trying to get myself in some kind of form ready for SSUK15.

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Posted by: Mike
Well, this Friday gone (22nd May) was my second time racing the FNSS series - in previous years I had only raced the ones at Mallory Park. I traveled down to Delapre Park in Northampton With Oli Payne, Nathan Peel, Mary and Rob Hartley. The journey down was interesting, we only managed to drive into the park from the wrong entrance before heading back the way we came and retrying from the other side. I did spend most of the drive down drinking water and muching a few 9bars, they're great when you don't want anything too heavy but need to get some #goodenergytwice into your system!

I had heard that the course was good despite it being hosted on the side of a golf course - I'm always open to new courses, but flat grass courses do suck. I crossed my fingers it would be good, and it really was!

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Posted by: Mike
The not-quite-weekend just gone was a busy one for me - I have been paying for coaching from Melissa at FasCat Coaching and she reckoned it would be a good opportunity to do two races back-to-back and see how I did.

I was quite excited, if somewhat apprehensive running up to them, but I know Melissa knows her stuff!
After work on Thursday I rode home, stuck the bike in the back of the rental car (only just - see my review soon!) and drove out to Mallory. The rain had started gently, meaning the track was likely to be a little damp.

I got to the venue, stuck a base layer, skinsuit and armwarmers on and headed down to the circuit. It was the lower circuit with a few chicanes, which plays to my strengths - I'm not much of a climber! I took a quick spin round after paying and tried to warm up a bit. Mallory races generally don't go off fast so I wasn't too worried about that.

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Posted by: Mike
Well, this started with me signing up as part of a normal race series, until I saw this tweet saying that there was a Singlespeed/Fatbike Championship as well as the normal races... This resulted in me rebuilding my singlespeed (which I recently dissembled and put gears on) and getting ready to race!

I headed over to Mansfield to the new venue with Nathan and Oli with the newly built SS to check out the course. Fueling up with 9bars, Beet It shots and plenty of water we headed out for a pre-ride.

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Posted by: Mike
Let's start with the most important bit - Mike Moore (riding for 9bar/PaleoRacing) is now the Midlands 2015 singlespeed regional champion!

I'll now back up a bit and explain what has been going on, Jodie unfortunately managed to break her collarbone on the Hadleigh farm course a week before the Eastern Regional Champs (sadface - I'll let here write about that), Mike's got some good racing in and some decent results! Jed has been quietly getting the miles in, likewise Kim too.

I will let the guys tell their own stories though....
Posted by: Mike
Well, last weekend was hard work on the legs! A friend of mine runs Titanium Cycling Events and had asked me to help out by providing mechanical support for the Belvoir Sportive. In return he managed to sort out a free entry for me into the 100km event - which I decided to do on my Kingdom D9. Which wouldn't have been an issue, except the people I was riding with were on their road bikes!

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