“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” Lou Holtz

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." Confucius

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Tour of Cambridgeshire – Granfondo and TT

13 days to go to lift off! 

Communication is all important in every aspect of life and of all the events I have entered in my sporting life, none has been so incredibly pro active as the Tour of Cambridgeshire. I have received regular email updates since entering and  with the TT on June 4th and the Granfondo the day after I have already had my TT start time sent to me...10:34:20. 

 I'm a bit fascinated about the :20 bit...does this mean the starts are at 20 sec intervals? Also my class is 70+ and with the first start at 10:30...can I assume there are quite a few in my class?? hope so.

So...these are the first 2 races I’ll be doing in Europe this year.  Both are qualifiers for the World Championships in Perth in September and both are  longer than I usually race..TT slightly longer,  Granfondo considerably! 

I hope to do well in the TT and will be happy to finish the Granfondo without having to resort to getting a lift back to the start/finish in the sag wagon!



Monday, 9 May 2016

Itinerary 2016: the lead up to the World Championships

With just over 3 weeks before I fly out, this is my itinerary:
31/5       dep
01/6       Paris then drive to UK
04/6      TT at Tour of Cambridgeshire
05/6      129km Granfondo ..same place    not too much climbing but probably windy.
06/6      Wiltshire visiting rels then oop north to Cumbria and a  boarding school reunion
13/6       2 days in Austria, then Italy
19/6      Sportful GranFondo..Feltre   122km/2,560m
20/6      Dolomiti. Altitude/mountain climbing training Pordoi circuit, Passo Rolle, Pellegrini, Fedaia
10/7      Bellagio to see the Madonna del Ghisello climb and  museum
11/7      Trento and the Charly Gaul Granfondo. 57km/2000m
18/7      Treviso and flat land TT training
23/7      Feltre and more of the same + the Palio
09/8      Hartberg and 8 races
20/8      Sankt Johann
22/8      fly out hopefully fitter and leaner than when I flew in!
23/8      Perth
01/9      World TT
04/9      World GF
06/9       back home

at various times  I am joined by my sister, my son and a friend and her partner.  I have raced for so many years in Austria that the regulars,  from USA, Russia, Germany, UK and Slovenia, are in essence family.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

a very long test GF ride


Black Rock to Arthurs Seat and return with  a few scenic unintended side trips.  132.2 km