Our new developed logos for the National and Regional strands of the racing team.
Following that there is the prestigious Drummond Trophy in Scotland, The 2-Day Tour of the Reservoir and the UCI Rutland Melton Cicle Classic, in between those are National events in Yorkshire and the North West supplemented by some local criterium racing.
We also have some promising invitations from a various number of UCI 2.2 single day and multi day events across Europe, in a bid to maintain the level of racing required to be competitive in the UK events now.
Well done Shaun.
Shaun Nicholson "Happy to get my first win for achieve skinnergate last night at the Manchester track league. The new bioracer kit felt awsome. "
Adam Martin who joins our coaching team for 2014 wins the CXNE Race at Whitby on Sunday in his preparation for the World Championships.
Team rider Craig Anderson was 5th, as he continues to develop his fitness ready for the start of the road season.
As you may have guessed from Tom’s post earlier in the week, we have heading to Calpe, in mainland Spain for a week of training to nicely finish off our winter period. We are staying in a Villa in the Cario region which is perfectly situated for all the riding you could want, flat coastal stuff, rolling roads and climbs from 5k-15k in length. We have done 27hrs over the week with the main focus on logging hours in the saddle along with plenty of climbing at tempo and sweetspot.
Thursday however was an important day with both of us doing FTP tests on the Col du Rates climb to determine our zones for the next block of training, we were both happy with the result putting us ahead in condition for the same point last year. We have both been training with power all winter which has drastically altered the training and overall content of what we have been doing.
We are heading back to the UK a bit reluctantly on Sunday for some recovery time, before some more training in England before the first race of the season, the North East Trophy on 22nd February. After that we head to Mallorca for a week of training with a number of riders from the team before the season starts in earnest.
P.S both the shoe game and cafe have been incredible all week. (See images)
So Jack and I have now been in Spain for 3 days as part of a impromptu trip away to Spain to escape the bad weather. Luckily for us Rob Orr had space in a villa he’d organised and we both jumped at the chance to do some proper riding, after all 18 degrees and sunny certainly beats sitting on a turbo whilst the roads outside are coated in ice. The days have been filled with hills, hills and more hills, luckily part of a good group with the Metaltek-KOO riders that are already out here. It’s always nice to ride with decent riders, especially when they also have some good chat…..this is particularly relevant due to our villa have no wifi and no TV, so talking fills a decent amount of time! We have however found a few cafes (naturally) for pre/post ride coffee and a link to the rest of the world. Anyway since I can’t imagine you’re actually still reading this without hating us for not being stuck in UK weather, I’ll wrap this up. Plan for next few days is just to continue as we have been, enjoying the sun and riding bikes and introducing a bit more intensity, and a bit more climbing, naturally. Hopefully this week and our later trip to Majorca with the rest of the Achieve-Skinnergate team should help set us up for a decent season racing, which is always the aim after all.
Check out the ride feature of the team I'm incredibly proud of in today's Cycling Weekly magazine
Just a reminder that the Prissick sessions have now culminated for the winter. There will be a series of four open sessions during February in a chain gang format which will be publicised soon.
Also the team's ride feature will appear in tomorrows Cycling Weekly magazine, so keep an eye out for that.
No session this evening at Prissick, sorry for any inconvenience caused.