The second half of the season is now under way. For me, until now has consisted of lots of crits around England and Wales and some road racing at weekends! My current race schedule is full gas until August then the domestic racing dies down a little bit.
I’m really enjoying riding the crits at the moment. It’s very different to what I’ve been doing all year! It takes me back to when I was Youth A and how circuit races were the only races we could do so coming back to riding crits has been good fun! I feel my motivation has been boosted and I’m beginning to progress. I picked up a couple of good results in the Boundless Skipton GP where I was 14th and the Beverley GP where I was 21st, where I just missed out on the points. The Skipton crit was the first Elite Circuit race I have ever done to finish highly I was really happy!
Road racing has also been going well. I had a good block of training prior to the British Road champs. I had planned to ride the Battle of the Braes RR and Scottish National Crit champs but a late call up from the team saw me riding the UCI Beaumont Trophy instead. This was a good race for me. I was told to cover moves early on which I did, unfortunately missing the break. I tried several times to bridge across in small groups but they were brought back. I then had to work along with riders from Pedal Heaven and NFTO to bring the break back (seeing as nobody was being allowed to bridge across). I then had to suffer my way up the Ryals climb and doing what I could for team leader Kneisky. I ended up finishing 31st and this felt like the turning point in my season.
As it stands I continue to play team player role for Raleigh where I have to help to achieve the common goal rather than putting my own goals and objectives first. It means I have to change my objectives for each race to suit that of the team. I enjoy working for the team and I look forward to doing so for the rest of the season!
Thanks for reading,