Wednesday 2 January 2013

Bay crits

Well for most riders in the Uk the season starts around the beginning of March or maybe end of Feb but for me it would be the first day of the year! Racing in the Jayco Bay crits series.

The 5 man team that would tackle the Elite series would be: Kristian House, Richard Handley, Felix English, Aaron Buggle and Luke Mellor.

I was up for the Support team Series. The team for that would be: Mike Cumming, Ed Laverak, Hugh Carthy and Myself.

In the Elite race riders from Greenedge, Lotto, Saxo Bank and Garmin. In our support race we had other Aussie Continental teams and New Zealand teams.

Ok, the first stage! This circuit is a famous one and used almost every Series and its the Geelong town centre crit known as the 'Hotdog' crit. I watched the individual support race that was before my event to get an idea of the corners and it looked pretty fast! We had a mini team talk with our Manager John Herety and to talk about team tactics and what we should do. Did a few steady laps to get an idea for the 2 sharp corners. Then the start. Wow! This was for sure a proper race! The crowd was huge! All around the circuit and announcers and everything you can imagine for a top notch circuit race. And we're off! Bloody fast start and It was completely strung out for the first 4-5 laps and I was struggling! Every time I was sprinting out the 180 degree corner I was producing at least over 1000 watts! And this was twice a minute! This was some crazy interval training! As the race played on Mike and Hugh both crashed after about 20 mins. I was starting to feel stronger and I was able to get towards the front of the field. With about 3 laps to go I got Ed on my wheel and attempted to bring him up the field but I was struggling but with 2 laps to go I 'dive bombed' around the top corner And got to the front with ed on my wheel still but was on my last legs and so before the last corner I told ed I couldn't do a proper lead out anymore and told him to just go. I free wheeled to the end. I came 23rd out of the 60-ish riders. Happy to finish as I wasn't sure how I'd feel in a crit this early in the season where it is the middle of the Aussie season 2 weeks before their national champs. But after I got to chat with Australian TT champ Luke Durbridge! Such a nice guy! :)

Next day and it was I was a little more nervous before and but with this circuit it involved an actual steep climb. Nearly a little ring job but to avoid the chain dropping I decided to stick with the big ring. Straight away very fast just like yesterday. It took me about a couple of laps to find my feet and then every time the climb came I'd move up the field and stay as close to the front as I could! But this was pretty rapid, 800 watts all the way up the climb then holding 500 over the top with the odd jump to follow a move! With about 8 or so laps to go riders were getting dropped every time up the climb and the field was getting smaller. But with Mike in the break ahead it was a great opportunity to sit in then a rider jumped to try and get across but I was in a bad position to follow but ed got on his wheel.
He managed to stay away from us and I came 3rd in the bunch sprint. Mike came 7th on the day with ed 8th. I came 13th and Hugh getting 19th.
Happier with the result but felt annoyed why I wasn't feeling strong enough to make the top 10... But John was happy with my ride saying I was getting better, but still things to work on.

3rd and final day. A flat stage In Williamstown just outside Melbourne. a little nervous but at the front of the bunch at the start and ready to go again we were off! Right to the front and actually feeling great:) round every bend with ease and always in the front 10. A rider broke off the front early on and got a big gap quite quick but stabilised after a couple of laps. I foollowed a quite a few moves to get across and still feeling amazing and the furthest up Rapha rider. I was trying to absorb the crowd and enjoy the shouts of 'go on Rapha!'. As Rapha is a big well known brand here in Aus it was nice to get support:) Mike attacked and got a good gap and i was about 2nd or 3rd wheel for a while slowing the chase down and follow moves and sit on them. Then after several laps mike was brought back and I attacked! Wow! What a rush! Not just any attack but coming through on my own going through the finishing straight where there was at lest 200 people and the announcer calling 'another Rapha rider breaks off the front, they are looking strong today' then about another few minutes a speeding bunch of the Jayco-Skins train got me back an then it was about another 7 minutes before the finish. Then coming into the last bend about 9th place some retard came around the inside to try and get around but lost his wheel so he went down and I had no safe place to go only the floor riding straight over the guys who fell or go at an angle into the side barriers. Crash. Ed went down too. He wasn't really injured at all but I cut both knees and a bit on my shin with my thumb getting the worst. I'm writing this in the hotel a few hours after so it's petty stiff, but I'm sure it'll get better in the next few days. But John Herety said I road really well and that I looked really strong. He is a really great manager and is so wise when it comes to bike racing. I have so much respect for John and I know that because of him and his guidance, I will become a great racer in the near future.
The future looks great and these next few weeks will be a great learning curve for me :) ill keep updating this as much as I can.
The tan lines are really coming along nicely. It's around 28-33 degrees hear.

This was at the start of the 3rd stage of the Bay Crits my best day of the year so far!:)

My next race will be the Victoria State Champs which is a stage race with a crit race, a 140k road race and a 30k time trial. That on the 18-20th of Jan.

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Loving my first few days as an official Rapha-Condor-JLT rider :)

Elliott Porter

Friday 28 December 2012


Most of you may know this already but I will be riding for Rapha-Condor-JLT for the 2013 season! :)

I signed the contract on the 31st of October In Condor bike shop in London. It was announced the very next day! here is the link to the team line up.
pretty exciting stuff! :D

First thing Rapha related was a training camp in Tenerife for 2 weeks , but guys from other teams came along  too, but mainly it was a deal between us and a cycling holiday training camp called 'Neon-Velo'. link to there website:
My first time in Tenerife and was really looking forward to meeting all my new team mates. First ride and we went straight up mount Teide! It took 2 hours! at the time my longest ever climb! I was fine all the way up and stayed with the stronger guys with a couple of riders being dropped. the next few days I was flying! I felt great even on 5 hour rides with over 3000 metres climbing. After the rest day I had a couple of rough days where I was finding it hard, but felt great after that and finished on a high :) I'm sure this training camp is going to give me a good boost for the season, but we'll have to wait and see how things go.

Next thing related to Rapha was a team meeting up near Preston to collect bikes a bunch of the kit and meet a couple of the other riders on the team which I haven't met yet. One of those would be my room mate for the time I was up in Preston and it was the legend that is Ed Clancy! :) He was a really nice guy and thinking about it, not bad to call him a team mate!
The team bikes are so nice! you may have seen pics of the frames on the condor warehouse twitter page. We have Kask helmets and Fizik saddles and shoes. Strangely I'm the only rider on the team who got red Fizik shoes! everyone else got white..? not complaining as they're nice!!

Did a threshold test just before Christmas and I'm really pleased with the power that's there and hoping that after a couple more months I can be a bit stronger to have a real good crack at the season with Rapha-Condor-JLT.

Now, you may or may not know, that on Boxing day I flew out to Australia for a 7 week race/training camp! as I'm typing I have just got back from the 2nd ride here in Aus, just getting the legs feeling like normal from what was a really long flight. My first race here in Aus and first race of the 2013 season will be on the first day of the year. The Bay Crts, known for being very fast and having winners like Matt Goss and Robbie McEwen. Saying this we have 9 riders here in Aus and there is a team of 5 doing the Elite Men race with Greenedge and co. I'm doing the team support race against some strong Aussie teams like Jayco Skins. there're 3 Bay crits on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of January after that the team of 5 in the Elite mens bay crits plus Mike Cumming will do the Herald and Sun Tour while I'll be just recovering from the crits then doing my own training.

After the Sun Tour the team will move slightly up north to stay in Bendigo for the rest of the time while we're here. They're be club style races and lots of team training to do, the club races will be still be pretty tough like the standard of an E/1/2 National B road race back in England maybe? guess I'll find out later on that too!

Training in Tenerife was great! hope to make it a regular thing every December!


Monday 15 October 2012

Rest of the year racing

I have been putting this off for a while and it has gotten to a point where I just have to get on with it. enjoy! :)

First race since my last blog was way back on the 1st of July. It was the London Dynamo summer road race, the course was flat with a steep uphill finish up Leith Hill. The race was fast but nothing too demanding with attacks coming all the time. after about 35 K a big group got away and I was forced to act quick a attempt to bridge it. I managed get onto the back of the break but not long, maybe 3-5K later we were brought back. then from that another break went and I was stuck between the break from before to the bunch so pretty much boxed in. the Break established a lead of about 3 minutes and seemed like game over. So I just decided to sit in and wait as a team was trying to bring it back so it became rather relaxed. with about 15 K to go just after the bell. the gap was dropping and hope was coming back! got into about 5th wheel for the climb and we nearly caught the break on the climb... In the end I was 9th.

that was to be my last race for a while as I was training for the National TT champs (Under 23).

Got myself Into great shape and the watts were really showing on my little SRM screen. The training was really difficult and It was great now knowing what I will be doing next year aiming for races I want to do well in. I was even the lightest I have been for a long long time getting to 70kg and as Im 6ft 3 (190cm) Thats  pretty light! but with the data on my side and in what should be the best shape I could be why was I getting so nervous...?

Race day. Set off quick on what was a undulating/flat part of the course. I was keeping to the watts I was aiming to hold but I was struggling... time checks and I was only 15 seconds down on my minute man after 10K who would eventually go onto win. I was cracking, why Is my heart rate so high? and why are my watts getting lower?! with my heart rate way above 200 beats per minute (MAX HR 206) I was fading but really trying to push on and give it everything. The climb on the course wasn't a problem but gave me a boost because of the small crowd who were cheering me on. on the flat straight to the finish i caught 2 people from the senior mens race and 1 from my under 23 race. Done. Tired and disappointed from what I was already assuming a terrible performance, My coach - Adrian Timmis was just after the finish line and spoke with me and made me feel better but I knew deep down It wasn't anywhere near as good as it should've been. I cycled back to the HQ contemplating how low down the leader board I was. Got in and found I was 7th out of 25. Mixed feelings as even though I beet a lot of good strong riders I knew I could've done better and with all that hard work and training I put into it I felt pretty down and down for a few days after... why? too much pressure for one race... Maybe I should've done more 25's? I did do a 25 in the middle of june and won comfortably... Perhaps as It was my first ever National Championships race I whole event got too me and looking at my power If I was doing the power I set out to do and know what I am capable of doing It would've been a better result even considering who was in-front of me:

1 Sam Harrison - 100% ME
2 George Atkins - 100% ME
3 Richard Handley Rapha Condor Sharp
4 Owain Doull 100% ME
5 Alistair Slater 100% ME
6 Jake Clare Sleaford Wheelers
7 Elliott Porter Team Corridori
8 Sam Allan Shetland Wheelers
9 Adam French Rapha Condor CC
10 Luke Grivell-Mellor Rapha Condor Sharp
11 Michael Barnes ASFRA Racing RT
12 Josh Teasdale EFC Omega Pharma Development Team
13 Will Rudgard Wolverhampton Wheelers
14 Jake Martin Cycle Premier
15 Freddie Lewton Dream Cycling

I just put the top 15 up. The top 5 excpet for the winner raced in the tour of Britain this year and the winner competed in the World Under 23 TT Champs. Also something to point out there was a much stronger field this year compared to last year. If you take away 100% ME riders (team GB under23) then I was 3rd. There were no 100% ME riders last year.
I'll just have to get stronger and see what I can do next year.

Next weekend and I was up for a 10 mile TT and I came 2nd :) beating very strong TT'ers Connal Yates and Richard Prebble but losing out by 10 seconds to Peter Tadros.
put into perspective, Connal Beat my time on the Nationals by about a minute so I know I should've gone much quicker on that day! **sigh**

Next was the Handicap Championships, A great way to come back to road racing as I haven't raced for a while Its a gentler way were we are hanicaped into groups according to BC category and under the organiser decision. Our group went well and stayed away from all the Elites for majority of the race. all together attacks started to fly uphill finish and was placed around 10th wheel and came 7th. 

Next was an outing to CycloPark. A strong field and was it was an aggressive race from the gun only for me, Josh Lawless and Robert Moore to get away. We worked really well together and got a really good gap on the bunch with a chasing break about 30 seconds back which Is ages on that circuit. We lapped the field and with a lap to go Robert attacked and Josh was straight onto his wheel and me behind. round the bend and I was thinking when was a good time to go and the Josh went me in pursuit and Robert giving up. 2nd place for me.
Me in the break :)

Next would be my last race of the season and was the SERRL champs. excited about the race and wanting to finish on a high I followed way too many moves and tried to bridge too many breaks and burnt out at the end... :( frustrating. 

end of the 2012 season and as I type I have already finished my end of season break and have done several rides to get back into shape. Testing will commence in the next few days to determine my zones for training :)

Thank you so much for reading and if you've got this far it means you must be pretty interested in me (no I'm not your thinking)  ;)

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Elliott Porter

Saturday 30 June 2012

Racing In June 2012

So, half way through the season and before the start of June I have already got a win and achieved my 1st Cat licence.

I'll start things off with the Tour of Kent organised by SERRL (south east road race league).
I was really excited to get going in my first ever stage race. I know and my coach know that I can recover quickly and race well after having a race the day before. first off the ITT. Thinking I could do an ok time I was enthusiastic of my chances. But, with the time trial being on a circuit I wasn't too sure how my cornering would stack up. I decided against the TT bike because of all the corners and what I thought would be no point in the circuit to make up time. The briefing was short but the knowledge of a shorter lap with far less cornering was making me think 'shit, should have brought the TT bike...'. good warm up. a mini personal goal was to not get caught by Felix English (rider for UCI - Rapha condor sharp) felt strong and the numbers that were being shown to me made me think I was doing a good time. In Hindsight I didn't take the corners as hard as I should and must of lost loads of time... :( not helping other riders being in the way making me free wheel at parts!! grrr... didn't get caught by Felix and a very good new power reading showing an extra 10 watts more to my 20 minute power profile. even though it was a shit time and I was way down in GC, I was happy for the new found strength! :-)

stage 2 and was a crit on the cyclopark circuit which we used for the ITT. personally a side of cycling which doesn't suite me so I am happy to say I got round and lost no time on GC and with my 3rd ever circuit race done Im happy :-)

Stage 3 and now onto the proper stuff and good hilly road race. I started off strong following moves and staying near the front a group of about 3 or 4 got up the road and I missed it. To be honest I don't even remember when they went! :p going very fast a few riders were being popped out the back. I was always in every major split that would occur on the major climb of the race and frustratingly never stayed away. 2 riders being dropped from the break up the road and leaving  2 who managed to stay away the whole race! they gained just over 3 minutes on the bunch. Me finishing in the bunch and also moving slightly further up GC because of the hard day with quite a few crit riders ahead they dropped out or just DNF.

stage 4 They same course as the Walley gimber road race. So I knew the course with 2 climbs, one on the the finish and the clear and obvious one 7K after the finish. since Team Felt had the Yellow jersey they were very keen to not let anything get away and they did a very good job about doing it!. I thought I could try my hand in a break twice but it was clear Team felt having about 5 riders to pull it back the whole time. no chance! coming up to the bell lap and me moving up on the right hand side another rider was getting a bottle from the wrong side of the road and fetched me off! :-( got back on my bike quickly and my epic battle to get back on began! oh god... I chased and cashed and used my TT ability to be able to see the bunch at the final climb and was going past riders who were being dropped at the top I formed a group of 5 riders together who were dropped on the climb and we worked well and caught them about 3 kilometres later. Yes! done I am shattered waiting for the sprint but wasn't going to really contest it but make sure I am up there and stay clear of splits. Done, all good and no hard feeling to the guy who took me off.
16th of GC. meh... If I brought the TT bike I'd probably save 3 seconds a lap which would have made me around 7th or 6th on GC. still, all learning and happy to move on.

Next race was above the M25 first time this year! :p in Milton Keynes was a flat E/1/2 race and had in my head to get up there in a break and not to give up. too fast of a course to get away tried so hard to get up the road but when the bunch is moving around 35 miles per hour its tricky. I'm now shattered and a break goes up the road at the end I just stroll though to the finish in the middle at around 30th place i think? out of the 80. Training I guess...

Now some TT's I'd have my first 25 TT and felt good with ok conditions (I'm not one of those riders who says every week 'oh, the conditions were terrible') but there was a little cross wind. still went with the disk wheel. good start, and caught a load of people caught my minute man just after the turn to come back to the start/finish and powered home to win! :D get in! :) won by about 50 seconds? decent prize money and a trophy too! :-) only problem is that I now have to go and collect it in November at a 'club dinner' ... fuck...
I guess my family TT heritage is coming out from both sides of my family :-)  Very proud of both my father and mother and what the have achieved in their cycling career.

ok another TT week. starting with a 10 bloody fast to the turn with a massive tail wind (good conditions today) going nearly 70K an hour! went though the many roundabouts but came to one with no directions or marshals with loads of possible outcomes I assumed it as the turn and powered home. But, looking at my SRM i see that I'm getting pretty close and the time its showing me is kinda crazy! finish with what was an 18:47 but I knew something was not right and looked over the course again in the car. Yep, mistake I missed a roundabout!!!! ;-( fuck, waste of a day... even with the extra roundabout it was only 1.2K added on so I might of won it or at least of come 2nd for sure... I told the organiser of my mistake and the time keepers at the finish. I never meant to make the wrong turn kinda the organisers fault needed another marshal or sigh at least! maybe would have done just a 19:something or a low 20.

next day and an early 25 in Kent. got there and the organiser called it off due to too much surface water on the course because of he crazy ass rain! (not his exact words but it was raining a lot.)
came home had a 3 hour nap and did a 20 minute power profile test and happy I am still improving! still getting stronger to my main goal of the season! :-) Thank you Adrian! for making me as strong as I am today! (my coach)

That it, end of another month of bike racing.

July will have some more road races the odd TT and lots of training getting ready for the end of the season!

Elliott Porter

Thursday 7 June 2012

Racing In May 2012

I wont give anything away just yet but for me May 2012 has been a great month!

I'll start things off with my first race of the month which was the Surrey League handicap on the south nutfeild course. Last year I was dropped with 1 Kilometre to go on this course and about the same time last year too! well of course I started in the scratch group and we were about 7 mins down from the first starting group. Yikes! that's a big handicap, but at the end of the day these Thursday Surrey league handicap races are just training really and if I can get any BCF points its just a bonus. in our large group of about 12 riders we worked well and were all focused on not messing about and bringing that gap down asap. It was going very fast and yes I was feeling it but I just knew that we'd catch them sooner and its training but then half the group were blown! it took about a 1/4 of the race to get everyone working again (race about 30 miles). just as we starting gelling together again we caught the 2nd and 3rd group up the road (ours were the 4th). going very fast but still no sign of catching the leading group as they still had about a minute - 45 seconds. So I stopped working with 3 K to go and tried to win the sprint for extra surrey league points as a lot of other riders where clearly doing the same.  I won the sprint and came 13th good ride and got a lot of good hard steady efforts too in there!

On the Saturday the 5th I had a 10 mile TT. Early start nearly to the south coast! my start was at 7:41. Very horrible conditions with rain and gail force winds. Before you readers at home start thinking I am just making excuses of my time before I say it are wrong. The ride was to just get more practise at TT's which I want to do well in and as well see if I can beat my 20 min power profile test during it. Anyways, like I said the conditions were a Mere! very cold, wet and windy. Conall Yates, A rider who I have been racing against a few times last year and a lot this year was my minute man! I knew he was a great TT rider. I was going to race with him the next day too! I was off downhill to start and going very fast which wasn't the problem but just being blown about made me not push as hard as I could in the first 1K. got to the halfway roundabout point and saw Conall and counted that I was about 15-20 seconds slower than at halfway. Really gave everything when going on the straights, with more experience I'd save loads of time on those wet roundabouts! time of 21:30. Conall getting the Win and also a time of 20:59. I was happy I came 4th on the day but that doesn't matter The reason why I was so happy is that I smashed my last 20 min power profile and I am getting really strong in such a short amount of time!

The Next race the following day was called the Bec cc road race and was an E/1/2. I was pretty nervous coming into it but being two clear teams in the race, Pedal Heaven and Felt. I knew that at least one of them would have to get in the move of the day. I picked my man as I thought he was the strongest Pedal heaven rider and had an idea from the felt riders. Moves were going and coming back and never sticking. A move did go with Conall and a few others but I know he is super strong and would try and make the break stay away with his TT abilities. But being boxed in I was feeling sorry for myself :-( missing what I thought was the move of 9 riders go clear. But then after a lap (5K) Chris Mcnamara had a massive dig and I thought no matter how hard it is I ain't letting him go without me! And success! we were away and dragged a few others too :-) worked well and in the space of 4K we caught the leading break! most of that break either hung on or got dropped as we attacked them as we passed them. They must of been dying. we became about a very strong break of about 13 riders and I was struggling... 2 riders from both Pedal Heaven and Felt attacked together after the steep climb and then most of the break sat up and said 'we have a rider up, you gotta do the work'. Ahhhh! But thank goodness there were a few other riders willing to do work. but with a lap to go and everybody looking at each other the attacks came... I was starting to see stars following EVERY attack of the two teams to get away. Very pleased I held on and did so every time to get away. It was almost like I was the only rider expected to do all the work! 1K to go and I had a mini gap with a Felt rider but he  just attacked me and stayed away... coming down to the sprint for 6th (a following 3 other riders got away with 1-2K to go.  I just gave everything and wanted that sprint so much as I knew that would be heeps of bcf points if so. Yes I won the sprint! :-)  (see below, I am the rider on the far right)

Next race, Goodwood series #2. Made sure that this time we got there with plenty of time to spare, well, the usual hour was good enough :) but at least I was able to warm up which made a big difference as to last Goodwood. Started off in the very large scratch group at the back as the lower category riders had an opportunity to ride before we caught them. I did my turns but when it became so obvious we'd catch, why work? so I sat right at the back and hovered a half bike length from the rider in front and nobody noticed! :) as the pace picked up I made sure I was higher up to be safe. Caught the other groups then the attacks went for about 3K but then a rider went. No response. Another went. No response. Then Conall yates went for a massive dig and I followed and bang! we have our break! :) but clearly not many people were happy to let us get away so It became a very hard break with Conall doing massive turns as he wanted it to stay and him being a strong TT rider he did a good job! we held a gap of about 10-ish seconds for ages, but we all worked really well in our 8 man group as the bunch must give up soon! 2 riders were dropped from the break. the gap going to at least a minute possibly more with a lap to go. 1K to go and everyone is watching each other and with half hearted attacks was looking to be a bunch sprint. 3rd wheel but seemed like I left my sprinting legs at home and came 5th out of the 6 of us. Conall Yates winning. Was happy for him and he very much deserved it being the strongest rider on the day!

Now to the busy weekend of the Saturday the 12 and Sunday the 13th races. Both being Surrey League 2/3 cat races. Was a great chance to see how I recover after a race. opted out of doing the Thursday handicap just to keep fresh. Saturday race. On the Barcombe roads where I came 4th on the first race of this year. knew the men to mark and spoke with good friend Harry Evens (man to mark) about the race and how we could work together. The other two riders to mark: Conall yates and Josh Lawless. Race on and a group of about 4? riders went but no worries really. Conall not know how to take it easy dragging the bunch along but then attacking himself! luckily I was up there in the top 5-8 waiting just in case. with us came harry and Matthews Miles. worked well and again Conall doing most of the work to make our break stay clear. He didn't make it easy to get around him! the Break in panic were attacking and working well together which doesn't sound right but some how there gap stayed around 10 seconds. Gap grew to around 25 seconds. Catching the 5 up the road. 2 couldn't hang onto the pace set so dropped back, working well together Matthew has a puncture. Not an issue and in a way a good thing as he is quite an aggressive rider and might just attack us. Also he is team mate with Conall and could be very tricky also once Matthew's words of encouraging Conall to not do too much work were gone he was back to his ways. Before anyone thinks Im having a go at Conall, he is a great rider and very very strong and I have lots of respect for him too! back to the race. Break down to 4 riders. Me, Harry, Conall and a rider from Twickenham. with the gap at 2 and a half minutes we were set but still worked together just in case. Me and harry had a quick mention to look out for conall as he is a sprinter/TT rider he might attack any minute. time past and down to 1 K to go and at the bottom to the climb. almost like track sprinting with everyone waiting and watching for someone to attack. Harry got the jump on everyone and conall went to in pursuit, Me on his wheel. The twickenham rider was blown. Conall blew and Then I went to try and catch Harry was gaining on him but he had a good gap and won it... Me in 2nd. Disappointed. Really wanted to get this one and probably should have done... but hey! there was always the next day!
Sunday Surrey League at Cutmill. got there really early and did 2 laps of the course in the car to get a feel for the course. wow! it seems pretty tough! long climb that doesn't seem to let up fast decent and a tricky climb out of a corner. Neutralised section, very very slow and I think everyone or most riders didn't notice that the race started with the lead car putting down the flag! don't particularly remember the break going but a 6 man break went with 2 Vo2 development riders in there. oops! so after they went the other Vo2 boys tried to sit on the front and make the gap grow out. gap went all the way to nearly 3 minutes! yikes! So out of my frustration and anger for letting this break go my attacks went. I was desperate to get away and was not having it! I was in a different sub break every time I came back. I was not having any chance of anyone going clear without me being one of them. I became tired and decided as I was the strongest there in that bunch and everyone knowing that It was up to me. No, but I tried half hearted attacks just to keep the speed of the field going at least. Then after the climb we went down a decent through a village and I went HARD! and stayed away! :) I looked over and must of had an instant 15-20 second gap! up on the sharp corner up a steep climb and was able to build my gap and another rider Josh Lawless tried to come across to me. I didn't want to slow my efforts down but I really wanted him to catch on another rider who must of been dropped from the break worked with us and we were going really hard and working well but the train of Vo2 came charging and in a lap of hard work, we were caught. (sigh) I was thinking 'what am I going to have to do!?' A rider jumped across as soon as I was brought back and was able to bridge the gap to the break. The break at this point with a lap to go having about 25 seconds on the rest of the bunch. I could see them going down the long decent before the finishing long 3-ish K climb no one wanted to be the one to bridge the gap. up the climb I accepted that the break was gone and waited for the sprint for 6th place. stayed in the top3-5 riders up the climb being strung out by redhill for some reason? Harry, the Vo2 rider who beat me yesterday got the jump on me again. But I was really determined to get him! very hard as forced to sprint up hill for 300 metres meaning the start of jelly legs. came to about half a wheel length... but he won. I came 7th on the day. Felt very strong and could keep going and going! stronger than the Saturday!

Goodwood Series #3. Seemed to be a great day and If by the slightest of chances that the is a rider of this particular goodwood race you will back me up on saying 'WTF!?' from what seemed like a great day and shorts and SS jersey. went to getting as many layers as you can on! The clouds came from nowhere! and the hail and rain! my productive warm up turned it to abound ship and head for the car! it was crazy! It died down a bit and see with 15 mins left to the start. i went and road up and down by the finishing straight. cold and wet, just wanting them to start and go to get warm we were off to the usual reunite of chasing together to bring the riders up ahead back. but I just sat in further back and saved energy. It always always comes back. 2 laps later and we're all together and just before the 'attack' goes Im thinking 'Is my rear wheel flat?' I was skidding and all sorts! zoomed to the pit stop and grabbed the spare rear off mum and I was off on what was to define the race as a desperate TT effort to get back on to the bunch! I could see that as I was pulling into mum the break was going. damm! said to mum 'should I take a lap out?' she replied calmly 'You'll be fine, just catch back on!'. no time to really think it out and I was off. 1 lap of effort later. caught some riders who have been dropped and for about 20 seconds I sat on them and recovered and didn't attack them put just pushed on hard. they tried to sit on me but couldn't follow. lap 2 of chasing. still no sign of the bunch. lap 3 of chasing. maybe?... 30-40-ish seconds? they were up and gave me a new burst of motivation! lap 4 of chasing. getting closer and crossing the point of where my mind is trying to play tricks on me to take it easy for a minute. lap 5 of chasing I am literally 5 seconds off and I am hovering there! attacking myself to get across onto the wheels. success! waited about 15 seconds. moved up the bunch to the front and in about half a lap later someone attack and I just followed! At this point there is a leading break of 7 and a chasing break of 5. But I had no clue at the time obviously. I was flying! I was a man on a mission mum was jumping and buzzing with delight as I passed and could see me moving up! I was doing the biggest turns in out group of 3. I didn't want to burn them off my wheels as It was nice to have a moment to breath. although one Vc meaudon rider with us was struggling to do turns so I told him to just sit in and do his best to hang on. I could really see him on the breaking of being dropped so he was no concern. lap to go. I could see the chasing break of 5! I attacked, hoping to gain some time to catch on. no luck but a lot closer! 500 metres later im on them! and the other 2 got on too in a bit. coming down to the sprint and stayed 3rd wheel and went but got 2nd In our sprint so I came 9th on the day! :-) just shows to never give up and you never know what could happen :-) really pleased with the effort! with lots of good rider getting punctures and just stopping.

Right 4 more races to go! anyone still reading, wow. Thank you so much for your time and interest in my season :-) I really appreciate it :-)

Surrey League handicap series #4. warped up warm to sweat as these Thursday races are training was a good little experiment to try. good work in our scratch group at the back and only a crash to deal with for Conall yates no real issue. poor Conall who had the National 10 tt on the weekend! caught the groups really fast. Great! but this just meant that the race became very aggressive with riders trying to escape the bunch. it was never going to happen such a fast course with too many bunch engines happy to pull the race along. The sprint and was completely strung out by a good mate of mine Adam Cotteral trying to just ride away. I was 5th wheel and Marcus Brueton in front of me and he was dying I had to go around him! and push some MEGA watts to get across to make it in contention for the sprint which was in the next 300 metres and coming down fast as we approached at well over 30 MPH. I came 3rd. Meh, well good day out and had fun too! :-)

Ok, A good race that I wanted to do well In called the South East regional Road Race Championships. On a very tough roads! Did the usual lap of the course in the car and could see that I was going to have a hard day, but! the difficulty of the course I felt would only come to a benefit. I'd like to think of myself as a rider who is a good climber and has a really strong engine on the flat (thanks to Adrian!). two major hills either side of the course and a flat fast finish. we're off! steady neutralised, I kept up to the top 10 to be prepared as we were about to kick off. little attacks here and there but nothing really of any concern. then a Pedal Heaven and a Dulwich Paragon went on the climb and just accepted that was that. They went away but as the everyone was always trying to move up position in the peloton it became very fast and aggressive to keep in the top 10-20. I was a little nervous to make an attack by myself as with the strength in depth of the field i didn't just want to make a stupid big energy attack with no outcome. But, I was following moves of riders that I felt would/should be up there. Nobody was letting anyone get away with the two major teams Felt and Pedal heaven and every attack or break wouldn't have both riders so it would end up getting pulled back. Then, on the demanding hill after the finish A split was occurring due to the extremely high pace set on the front up the steep leg sapping climb. I was up there and as we go down about 50 metres then turning left onto the main road onto the flat I look back and success!! breakaway with about 11 riders.

We all worked well together and time past really quickly. but as we got to 2 laps to go I was starting to struggle and so were others. 2 riders were dropped on the bell lap and I stopped doing turns. 2 went on the same climb were we all came together a few laps a go, but I was a little bit boxed in. Perhaps if I was closer to the front of the break I'd instinctively follow. I was pretty tired at the point. the chase of the one felt rider dragging the rest of us while we all chipped in once or twice after the attack. but I felt like that was that, and so I just wanted to conserve as much energy as I had left to be up there in a sprint. last climb, Alex Higham of Felt and Allan Ridler of Pedal Heaven attack and I hesitated and had a dig to go with him but he already took a good few bike lengths. So a few more riders being dropped and Me, Taylor and Adam worked together to get as close to the leaders or at least stay away from the bunch! I was 2nd wheel in the sprint and thought I saw what was the start of the line of spectators and assumed it must be the finish. oh I was wrong. I went with a bid sprint, Taylor left behind and Adam managed to stay on my wheel and with 50 metres to go he went around me. that was probably a 350-450 metre sprint. 7th, happy and best Under 23 in the region too!
Adam over taking me and the pain on my face! :-(

No goodwood so onto Surrey league handicap! came early and had a good warm up. off and I was in the back group as per usual and we were flying! going around 30-32 MPH on our first lap in our group of 12-ish? caught the group ahead very quickly. Andy Betts (Elite rider for Felt) began attacking and setting high pace on the front. no problem or issue and felt strong. very tight fast decent coming into the finish. I was always up towards the front in case of a split or an attack. Not to be the case and the bunch sprint awaits. I was on the right hand side of the road going around riders who took up the sprint way too early but a Redhill rider swung out and nearly took me out but just forced me on the grass for a second. I kept my composer and stayed on my bike but I already picked my gear for the sprint and was forcing  a big gear after being forced to slow for a second. Came 3rd. not too bad and VERY close to my 1st Cat licence! :-)

Last race of the month which is another Surrey league race ad classed as a 2nd cat race and hopefully if I make it into the top 5 I'll get my 1st licence and this should be my last proper 2nd cat race ever! Except, for the 2nd cat race that corridori are organising in late July (see surrey league). Another big field and on a good sunny morning where the temperatures where set to rise to the mid 20 degrees. A short neutralised section and we were off. No real attacks or anything to be concerned with but I was very keen to get away so I played my part in the early part in the race. I was in several little breaks where I had to push on and do must of the work so it was no real use to me and with nobody I felt was strong enough to support. The bunch charging me down, not letting me get anywhere. The laps of Henfold hill where not demanding as such but just the one really steep climb only lasting 50-100 metres. Then Conall was moving up the pack and looking keen, so I moved onto his wheel and he was first up the climb and bang!! He went for not an attack but for a sprint! Stayed on his wheel and flew down the decent. He was happy to drag me along for a little bit to break the peloton and several riders joined us. 16 to be exact! Working really well, it was surely a done deal everyone who you could pick out as a threat in the field was in this move, so I felt really safe. I was doing my turns in the break and time past and with 2 laps to go of the 15K course and Richard Prebble of Nord 4 pro cycling attacked. Everyone hesitated and he was fully committed, our break now started attacking each other but with. 4 V02 riders in the break they started attacking and attacking one after the other. Francis managed to get away with half a lap to go and then with 1200 metres to go up the finishing climb Conall attacked. I hesitated and then I followed. Richard won, Francis in 2nd, Conall in 3rd and with me in 4th. Upset I couldn't have done better with the day. But!! I am now a First Cat!! :-) another goal of the season is ticked off! :-)

That's it for May, it has been such a great month and in such a short space I have learnt so much and become such a better rider.

I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me though this season an the past.
Firstly thanking my mother for taking me to all the races I have gone to this year. Also without her support I dont know how I'd be able to do what I am doing now... I could drive to races myself but there is much more to it.

Next, my coach. Adrian Timmis. He has helped me move on so much as a bike rider. If there is anything I need to know he is just a phone call away.

My girlfriend too! She has been so supportive and always there when I'm down or too tired. I love her so much and am so grateful for her patience and understanding when it comes to me going to racing not going out that much and she always understands! She is usually the one to tell me to train more or make the most of the opportunity I have. She has been coming to a few of my races now she loves it! :-)

Rounding it up my sponsors from Corridori, whenever I come in with a problem they can always help. Whether it is a problem with my bike or just getting some advice or bike food!
I am really good friends with everyone at corridori and I know I always will!
They are a Fantastic bike Shop and anyone reading this have a look at them or go in and buy a bike off them! (worth a try!!)

Next up is the Tour of Kent! A 3 day stage race at the start of June will be my next blog.

Sorry for the delay!

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Saturday 5 May 2012

April racing 2012

yea, Its been a while and i have been procrastinating doing a new blog. well, I'll start periodically (obviously). going back to after my 3rd place on the Surrey league road race 2nd cat. I felt happy, because the 2 riders which beat me jumper from thier breakaway and I was gaining on them on the uphill finish.
My next race would be on the 7th of April. Its funny, I had such a good feeling about the day before and on the morning... we got there and did the usual. do a lap of the course (in the car). The finishes seem to be going on a trend of uphill finishes in the Surrey league. clearly to make it easier to pick out who came where. The course wasn't very technical with a fast straight decent and a 25% climb finish for 400metres. Which seems like nothing but its something! game plan was that i knew anyone that tried to get in a small break would end up dying and never stay away. which gave me peace of mind and to keep an eye on a few riders and large breaks occurring. The best race ever. There was not one moment where I was struggling or in massive pain. Like I guessed nobody was able to get away and with 1 kilometre to go (about 200metres before the climb) I went but the unusual thing about my attack was that I just road away. No kick, just pushed harder than kept a very hard pace up the climb to make sure I was at the top first. I was. then with road going slightly downhill I had plenty of time to raise my hands. sort-of :D
The most amazing feeling...
and a spanking 30 bcf points towards my chase for my 1st cat licence.

the next weekend. my first 10 mile TT since I was a 1st year junior. (and since I became full time)
A few rides on my new TT bike Shiv 2012 to get used to the feeling. The goal was to just go with it, not worry about times and just treat it like my usual 20 min power profile tests that my coach (Adrian Timmis) has me doing. Started hard and caught my minute man in the first 2 mins of my own TT! got into a rhythm of my wattage and felt pretty good! :) got to about 2 k's to go and I was starting to suffer and it felt like 'just in the next 200 metres than it'll be over' kind-of thing. finished and I was empty! I came 3rd on the night with my time of 21:45 satisfying enough. On a very strong headwind finish which I didnt expect.
On the group ride where I ride with the Norwood paragon I was flying. first 2 hours very steady as always. But on the way back It was like a race but I felt super strong and was able to easily drop all the other riders from just pushing a big gear. did an extra ride on my own afterwards.

the next weekend race, Les Ingmen memorial. The event organised by Norwood paragon would be on the same circuit as where I finished 3rd in the Surrey league (see previous blog) This race I was ready and felt confident from my last road race win. on the start and neutralized I followed a rider who I feel Is extremly strong and who is doing well this year Andrew Griffiths. He looked keen to get something going early on and I sat on his wheel as he went hard!! stayed with him but all it did was string the bunch out :/ I kept close to the front and probably put too many numbers to follow on my top tube :P here is a picture of one of the hard attacks I tried to get with
  haha! slightly just bridged the gap :)
this group came to no use and came back after about 6 ks of hard though and off
when we came back Matthew Higgins, Wouter Sybrandy, James Moss and a felt rider (who ended up getting dropped). Later in the race on the climb with about 4 laps to go a group of probably 11-12 riders? attacked on the climb and I was bit too far back for it as it was just a snap in the top of the peloton. So off I go in a all or nothing desperate attempt to bridge the gap. I was going full on and even though they organised fast! and made it really difficult for me to get closer. Then I came to a part where I was maybe 6-8 bike lengths off the back. but I was dying this is after a good 5 k's as hard as I could (of what I had left) then I noticed I was getting further off the pace and I just couldn't... :( so I sat up and waited to get back into the bunch. It took at least a good 50 seconds before I was caught. I knew that was the break and for me that was race over... Even though other riders got away I was tired from the whole race and a little sad as I knew If I was higher up the bunch I would of been strong enough to stay with them. 2 laps to go and the 'snail pace peloton' was ridiculous. So I jumped away with 3 other riders did a steady though and off till the finish and out of frustration I won the sprint between us (sigh). 29th but so far my best result in an E/1/2 road race (out of 3) so all good! always next time!

The next race was on the 26th of April and was the first Surrey league Handicap of the year. which meant that It Is now a year since I started road racing. The idea of the day was training. the organisers gave the first group (the 4th cats) a ridiculous gap of I think 7 minutes? nearly a lap head start! but was good fast through and off work and made me feel much happier. It was a fun ride and came 3rd in the 'everyone except the 4ths cats' bunch sprint.

the 28th of April and I wasn't expecting an extremely tough race as it was a 2nd cat race. oh I was wrong...
the car park was a mud pool! and im not joking! everyone who I spoke with said when they drove in they thought 'oh s**t' bike together and watch a bit of the women's race but they didn't really give us any time to warm up. We were off, round the first bend and went crazy fast! didn't even get a chance to warm up into it... a group of 5 got away but I couldn't even begin to start thinking of bridging the gap! I was dying! out of every corner our group had a sprint. Something which I struggle with. (the constant attacking out of corners). As the race went on and the rain heavier, I started to feel stronger and better able to the circuit race. on the sprint for 6th I won. just wanted to get home, cold and wet. character building? I think I have had enough of that this Winter and this very very wet month!

I'll try and make this a monthly thing unless I get better suggestions?
Thank you so much for taking the time to read though :)

In next months blog I'll most likely talk about the following:
- TT's
- South east regional RR
- lots of 2nd cat road races
- mid-week goodwood and handicap races
- A new much stronger than me training partner!

Lets hope for more of these below! :) (being pulled over by some photographers)

Wednesday 4 April 2012

Surrey League Bletchingly road race 2nd cat

The week building up to the Saturday Surrey league race went really well! got some goo hours on the road and even managed to get on the TT bike for an hour and felt great! surprisingly felt natural! :) even when but in such an aero position which is very low down my back wasn't hurting! Only my forearms, but that's probably because I'm just not used to it just yet. Felt really good and it was the last of the heat wave as well. 

The start of the race was at 1:30 and was nice to have a race slightly later on. we got there with an hour and 20 to go and we did a lap of the course to just re-fresh in my head what happened last year and how I did. Last year it was a very painful race and just managed a 16th. That time was just a matter of keeping up and not trying to get in breaks or anything like that. lots of people recognising me, mostly for the overall Surrey league win which is a big deal apparently. for me the Surrey league overall just happened and even though my mum was very pleased and happy. To me it was just a wake up to where I am as a cyclist at that time and how far I still have to go... But thanks to all the people around me supporting me and my winter training I think I can step it up a notch! well back to the race. neutralised done up a hill 800metre climb/drag and then it was off! coming to a long technical decent I forced my way to the front as I know from experience that its going to string out down it and for a while afterwards too. very slow first several k's and a VO2 development rider went.with no reaction his gap grew. he probably got up to about over a minute gap till he was brought back 20ks later. my turn. and the attacks and aggressive riding began! so many times i tried to get away with random other riders but no luck... and then after being a bit tired, a few riders went, NO! I was in the wrong place, stuck in the middle. several riders from teams that had a rider up the road sat on the front and tried to let the gap grow. why cant this happen with me? when I go for it nobody lets me! :-(  then 40 k's go by with me trying to get away with other riders or trying to follow wheels of strong riders who might go and they did, but yep didn't happen for me. so legs feeling a little gone I had it in my head that I was just going to wait for the sprint. and hope for a best 5th or 6th place that is a available to me. A lap to go (10 miles) I hear they are a minute up the road. with about 3 k's to go and i see the break! and for some reason riders are pulling this along! I'm thinking jackpot! because half the field have been dropped and are DNF. but just before we catch them 2 riders jump again to stay away. 1k and its 1 Kilometre of a very steep hill. Every one has fights for position and I'm around 30th wheel (I know not the best) and I say to myself I'm not gonna sprint I'm just gonna put the hammer down and dish out some serious Watts! there I go flying past riders almost going backwards up this 12-15% climb and then I past the bunch! I see the 2 riders up the road about and I know 3rd is the best I can get even though I almost on the 2nd places wheel Its over. I'm dead. the best I have ever done on a 100k road race and a decent 21 BCF points too! :) 
Have a look at the results

also have a look at the podium finish 
1st Harold Even - V02 Development 
2nd Matthew Miles - InGear Quckvit
3rd Elliott Porter - Team corridori 

with not 100% legs I can be happy with that :) I think I have the form. in two 2nd cat races I have won the gallop up the finish climb and looking at the next race on a course called Milland Hill I know I can do some serious damage! 25% climb finish for 500 metres. Also! with loads of top riders which made Bletchingly so hard they wont be there as there is another race the next day which most people wanted to do instead. 

well, lets just wait and see! :)

Elliott Porter