Whilst some of my Marathon MTB colleagues such as Mike Blewitt of MarathonMTB.com have already completed the ABSA Cape Epic and one of the UCI Marathon Series in Europe, I on the other hand have been continuing to train pretty hard and focus on getting stronger. With the series of bad weather in March canceling both the Capital Punishment and James Williamson Enduro, meaning the start of my season has been pushed back a month.
In the run up to those races, although I was feeling strong, I was still a little bit worried about my preparation (I guess most people are like this first race, where is the form, how will I go at race pace etc) however the additional month has definitely been beneficial with an increase in power, recent forays into A Grade in Crits which have proved successful and consistent weeks of training.
So my season begins this weekend, with 3 races in 4 weeks both on road and off. 1st up is Bathurst for the Cycling NSW B2B. I am racing the 162km “Extreme” with NSCC, followed up with Capital Punishment, a week off and then I am off to Cootamundra again for more Cycling NSW Open’s. I am considering trying to get a Convict entry, but 4 weekends of racing might prove to much to both my body and my relationships.
I am also off to UK and Switzerland in August to race the GranRaid ChristAlp which is definitely going to be one of my hardest races to date with over 5000m Vertical and 120km in length its going to be a monster, but I am pretty pumped for this race and will also hopefully get the opportunity to ride some sweet local singletrack back at home in Bristol and Afan for some final prep before the race.
So Bathurst this weekend, what can I expect, weather forecast is looking good, with an 80% chance of rain but a top of 20c, no doubt colder in Blaney where the race starts. I am in 40kmh + group so I anticipate some high averages for the first hour before things settle down. My goal is a simple one, stay in the bunch, that doesnt sound to hard but these races are always absolute smashfests so doubt it will be a sufferfest.
Race reports to follow!