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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Posted by: Jodie
Mud Sweat and Gears was here again! It never takes long for the new season to start, in fact just one week after the Winter Series had finished! My prep for this one felt unusual in that I'm not used to having races so close together, however I still did all my usual resting and carb-loading prior to the race.

I arrived looking forward to the race and despite all the rain the night before, the ground wasn't too bad - a little muddy and slippy in places, but overall dry and flowing. There was some nice bits of single track, plenty of hills up and some fun fast downhill sections too.

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Posted by: Mike
Ouch. Racing a singlespeed in a proper singlespeed race with other hardened singlespeeders is hard. Singlespeed, singlespeed, singlespeed (didn't think I had said it enough times in the last sentence).



Podium pictures!

In other words, I raced the Run and Ride Winter Classic at Cannock yesterday. It was brutally difficult, mud, mud, climbs and mud was the name of the day. Upon signing on after an uneventful trip down to the Tackeroo campsite I saw there were only thirty riders signed on in my category, so I thought there would have been a good chance of podium, if not the win. Until I saw a familiar name - none other than Jason Miles (aka @Terrahawk, of Strathpuffer and the tandem episode of Speed fame). This considerably changed the tables somewhat! Regardless (and slightly daunted) I went out for a spin round the course with Nathan to scope it out. The course was generally fast and flowy with some truly horrible sticky climbs. Which then got a lot worse when it started raining at the start of the race.

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Posted by: Jodie
The last winter series race was the first test for the new training I've been doing, so once again I was looking forward to seeing the results of another months hard work. The week prior to the race my personal trainer decided I'm at a stage where I have lost enough weight to now start pumping some iron, so I did one leg session and one upper body session before spending the rest of the week sticking to exercise I was used to. That way I was in no danger of having tired muscles for the race. I had also decided to test out fully resting and carb-loading for only 2 days before the race instead of 3 like last time.

On Saturday I took out my newly serviced bike for intervals just to wake up the legs - everything seemed in full working order, so I was all prepped for the race!

I arrived nice and early allowing me time to settle in and go for a very gentle pre-ride. The course was fairly hilly for Thetford, with one steepish climb up 'Nutcracker' just before the end of the lap. The course was also mostly single track - my favourite!

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Posted by: Mike
Certainly an interesting race for me, as this was the first 'long' race I had ever done on a singlespeed! The time trial on the Friday night beforehand had decided my gear choice for me, a slightly ambitious 58 inches was the choice. While I did have different sprockets in my toolbox I thought Thetford was flat enough for me to engage the lazy part of my brain and leave it well enough alone!

My somewhat lackadaisical attitude also coincided with forgetting to bring a spare inner tube (thanks to Sussed Out Suspension for lending me one!), forgetting to bring my Garmin (cheers for the loan Daza!) and my warm up, which was really non-existent. I wrapped up warmly enough with base layer, jersey and gilet, coupled with arm and leg warmers and joined the grid. As I had placed this in my mind as a training session rather than a race I wasn't too worried about finishing position and just set out to enjoy myself.


In the Pit
Riding through the first pit

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Posted by: Jodie
After a nice long Christmas break I was ready for this one. I was also interested in testing out my months worth of fitness improving/weight-losing Personal Training sessions which I've started doing at the gym... And on top of that, my Personal Trainer got me to carb-load and fully rest 3 days prior to the race - something I've never done before. So there was lots riding on this race in terms of testing out new things!

I'd arrived fairly early which gave me a good chance to catch up with some familiar faces, and meet some new folk too - I just love how friendly cyclists can be! I opted to simply pre-ride the first and last bomb holes, just to make sure I could test out the best lines in and out - this would also slowly warm me up whilst still saving my carb-loaded legs for the race.

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