A look back on 2018Published on 31 December 2018
The year in stats
- Total distance: 10,870 miles
- Total duration: 583 hours
- Average distance per week: 209 miles
- Average duration per week: 11.2 hours
- Number of races: 29
- Total TSS (training stress): 35776
- TSS average per week: 688
2nd in the Tuesday night 3/4s at Hillingdon on 24th July was the closest I ever got to the top step of the podium in 2018.
Not only was this my best result of the year but also one of my better races. There were lots of early attacks with a couple of riders eventually managing to pull clear of the field. Matt (SD Racing) and myself did our lion’s share of the work in the bunch to pull the breakaway back, resulting in a bunch sprint with Matt in 3rd and myself in second. A great double podium for the team.
99.3 miles for Ride London was the longest I rode in one sitting this year. Looking back on 2018 now I’m surprised to see that I never rode over 100miles at any point. Something to put right in 2019 I guess!
Team Signum Road Race
Without a doubt the Team Signum Road Race in late August was the worse time spent in the saddle this year.
The weather: cold, windy and a lot of rain!
The competition: a strong Cat 2 / 3 field placing me a little out of my depth.
The course: 28 laps of a 2.1 mile circuit featuring a leg sapping 1 mile drag uphill on every lap.
From the first lap it was obvious that the best I could hope for was survival. To my credit I was able to hang on to the ever-diminishing peleton for the duration, finishing just outside the top 20.
Something I’ll do again next year
Riding on closed roads
Getting a taste of closed road
racing riding at Ride London has left me wanting more next year. There’s no comparison to privileged feeling of smashing it around traffic-free roads with hundreds of other like minded riders. I’ve already entered the (closed road) 2019 Tour of Cambridge Road Race and hope to get a place on Ride London again next year.
Something I’ll do differently next year
Enter more TTs
I’ve always said that the longer efforts are one of my natural weaknesses. I’ve been training this ability over the winter and have set a goal of continuing to work on it over the race season.
I’ll be entering my local fortnightly 10 mile TT as much as I can over spring and summer
Last year I only got to 1 of these but was impressed at the organisation and friendly atmosphere. Not to mention the training benefit of putting yourself up against the clock regularly.
Happy New Year and see you all in 2019!