Bike racing doesn’t always favour the bold (but it’ll be worth it when it does)

I don’t think I set any really specific goals for myself this season. I was too busy trying to see if I could get a bit better at sprinting, and attempting to launch a women’s cycling team (club, thing). The sprinting went ok, actually – I’ll never get to the top step in an all-outContinue reading “Bike racing doesn’t always favour the bold (but it’ll be worth it when it does)”

Not getting dropped at Good Friday

Funny how quickly things change. In 2016 my aim in a local crit race was to stay upright and not get dropped. Now we’re in 2018 and I’d be disappointed not to be in the top ten if it’s an average crit race. But for the Good Friday track meet, I well and truly returnedContinue reading “Not getting dropped at Good Friday”

Tour of Sussex stage race: jump starts and Percy Pig fuelling

‘My first…’ posts are some of the best, mostly because doing something new is pretty much always a journey to mass on-boarding of knowledge. Last weekend was a ‘my first’ for me: my first stage race. To make life difficult for myself, I decided to enter the Tour of Sussex. The inaugural women’s race hasn’tContinue reading “Tour of Sussex stage race: jump starts and Percy Pig fuelling”

Goal setting and goal scoring (on a bike)

I began the 2017 season with a clear set of three goals. As in targets: no balls or nets involved. The focused approach came largely thanks to Dr Josie Perry, who suggested we work together on a series of sports psychology articles – using me as the guinea pig and my bike riding as theContinue reading “Goal setting and goal scoring (on a bike)”

My first road race: expectations surpassed

Road races differ when compared to crit races, because a criterium is generally an hour long, often held on a purpose built course (with the exception of town centre crits etc), and always on closed roads. Having graduated from time trialling (10, 25, 50, 100 miles all ticked off..) I had an inkling I mightContinue reading “My first road race: expectations surpassed”

Road, Track and Press Trips: Nine Highlights of 2016

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock (or actually, not using Instagram, which is perhaps more likely) – the Instagram Top Nine is a New Years craze where you ask an app to select your nine most ‘popular’ Instagram pictures (the ones with the most likes), creating a collage for you to show offContinue reading “Road, Track and Press Trips: Nine Highlights of 2016”

On Realising that Track Racing Might be Really Good for Legs (and heart and mind)

In which I make apparently life affirming comments following a three lap ride around a golf course in Surrey. Something very strange happened last night. And no, not the thing where I woke up with a raging hunger at 3am and managed not to trip over the cat on my way to make a bowl of porridge.Continue reading “On Realising that Track Racing Might be Really Good for Legs (and heart and mind)”