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Getting ‘Crit’ical of the Rain

It’s been an interesting 2 weeks of ‘Crit Racing’. I use the inverted commas as the races have consisted of me racing myself for some long periods! (This seems to happen more often than I would like but I always say I like cycling as it clears my head.) 

I have also had to contend with a monsoon last week that due to poor clothing choices led to my hands going numb and 50mph winds this week. I can’t really explain my thought process in seeing the BBC weather warnings the night before that I thought the deep aero rims for the (Not so) Sunny Rhyl Cup were the correct call. Driving over the snow covered Halkyns at 7:30 on a Sunday morning to go racing also had me doubting my sanity.

Truthfully I am disappointed in my 5th and 11th places but the step up to E/1/2/3 racing has been massive. I am definitely stronger but so is everyone else, coupled with me forgetting everything I learnt last year has led to 2 long training rides around the Marsh Tracks.

I am writing this after spending 2 hours trying to come up with ways to Froome myself in the next few weeks. So far I have 3 options;

  • Quit work
  • Neglect wife and kids
  • Cheat (Seems to be frowned upon in cycling though and I can’t find that bloody motor!)

As appealing as option 1 is and the fact I actually like the people in option 2 I will probably carry on as I am. I am Dave the Husband, Father and Engineer who cycles not a pro cyclist. The challenges will be successes at some point over the next few months and the sun will shine  to make it more enjoyable when I do finish with the others. You never know I might even go for option 4.

  • A few days off, have a lie in until 7:10, do a jigsaw with the kids and just visit the bike shop to keep my eye in. Cold turkey is no good for the body, shock and all that.

By Wednesday I will be desperate to ride again and be convinced that i am the ‘greatest undiscovered talent’ in all of Moreton. I am also pretty pleased with myself for clapping loudest when the winners were being presented on the podium today, I was average but they were awesome!

Stay safe and enjoy the ride!

Dave

Racing Roundup 23/24 Feb

This weekend the Velo had 3 riders in the Chester Road Club hilly 14 mile time trial, near Broxton, Cheshire.

Robin Hennessy, Dave Cuthill and Mike Stanley were in action on an unseasonably mild Feb afternoon.

Dave was off first of the team and recorded a superb 33:49, good enough for 18th overall in the event, but more importantly a massive 3 minute improvement on last year. A winter of hard work is paying off!

Dave Cuthill cornering at speed in the Chester RC Hilly 14

Next off was Robin, looking ever the pro, and got round in a blistering 32:38, which placed him 8th overall. He was closely followed by Mike who recorded a very respectable 36:39, a good 3 minutes better than his veterans standard time. Overall three great rides at the start of a great season to come! Thanks to the Chester RC for a brilliantly organised and run event.

Robin Hennessy in full flight

2019 Race Season

First race of the season was on Saturday and it went pretty well except for the pesky NWV ‘Legend in the Making’ getting the better of me again! (Great ride Robin, 33:12 is a top effort – 2nd)

After a few months of training it was time to strap the new improved TT bike to the back of the Fiat 500 and head off to the dogging capital of the world, Broxton roundabout and its infamous car park. Robin pulled in 5 mins later (Also in a Fiat 500 – new team car?) in the tightest pair of jeans i have ever seen, I assumed the car park has a dress code I didn’t know about! Soon after we started our warm ups, my methodical approach compared to Robin rolling down the main road a couple of times. Each to their own and either way we were ready and set off with numbers 4 and 5 on our backs.

I went flying down the A41, avoided being killed, falling down cavernous pot holes, climbed a few hills, overtook a couple of people and was generally having a good if painful time. That was until Robin came flying past in his ‘relaxed’ fit Lycra but even this couldn’t dampen my happiness at the finish line when I finished in 34:17. I had gone 2:38 faster than last year and as a bonus eventually finished 6th. (ELATION)

The week leading up to this had seen me go through a number of emotions that racing gives you. I had planned in 2 practice runs on the same training runs I had done the previous year. The first was destroyed when after putting in a massive effort into a headwind i was stopped by traffic going for Sunday dinner. (FRUSTRATION) The second attempt nothing went wrong except me being slower than the previous year! (DESPAIR) Rebekah rightfully suggested this could be down to wind speed and many other variables but what did she know, I had wasted the last 4 months and that was that!

The morning of the race was also a bit of a roller coaster. I woke up NERVOUS and ANXIOUS that i would be worse than last year. I was prepared, had worked hard, lost weight and improved all my equipment (Pointy helmet and everything!) but I still might actually be slower.

However, this all changed when my 2 daughters surprised me with a good luck card they had secretly made. Below is my Facebook post that sums up this best, but fellow racers please remember this is meant to be FUN so ENJOY it and be happy for other people’s success!

First day of the race season for me today and the girls surprised me with a card they sneakily made. It has taken me back a little as I do feel guilty missing time with them to train but it has also made me realise I have been working hard and it’s now time to just ‘enjoy’ it and whatever happens, happens. Good luck and stay safe to all the other racers.

Stay safe, ride hard and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone!

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