During the winter of 2014, I altered my training and started to ride with more volume. I think that a large part of my development into 2014 and throughout the season was my attitude to training and thinking more positively as passionately. I found myself wanting to 'smash it' every training ride and had a real hunger to compete. This was aided by two riders who had a bit of a physiological advantage on me so going out training with the drive to make them suffer really brought me on in my eyes.
2. What where your highlights
I think the one race which stuck out to me was Bishop Auckland elite crit. There was a pretty good field but when i saw the course I was pretty engaged and ready to ride hard. Coming in with 3 laps to go i also had a little attack off the front and I thought that was good as we we're the local team and the commentator picked up and broadcasted that to the public so it just showed that Achieve skinnergate racing was on par with the rest of the field. Also my first race at York sport. Although it was only a mid week crit, we put 4 riders in the break and absolutely dominated. This is a highlight as I just glued instantly with the lads and soon realized that the team wasn't over serious and what we all hold the same motivates and attitudes in and out of racing and I think that is important for good team cohesion.
3. How did you find the step up in level of competition this year from National B to National A
The key factor in this for me was the maturity that took place through the winter. Not feeling sorry for myself and looking for excuses has been a big factor in previous years but this year I realised that if I didnt perform well or just missed the move etc, I wouldn't moan. Also I have tried to become a rider that tries to show my cards a lot more and not hide away and wheel suck, I hate that!
5. What are your main goals for 2015?
I want to try and develop more as a road racer and not someone who is seen purely as a crit rider. I think this will come naturally as I continue to mature both mentally and physically. Since I got a few top 10's in National A crits this year, I know now what it takes to be racing with the top lads in the field therefore Im aiming to get my hands up in them.
6. Are you going to make any changes to the way you prepare for the 2015 season.
Ive recently got a power meter so that is going to make a fundamental way in which I apply to training. Everyone knows by now what a difference power can make to a rider. I will continue to work with my coach Greg Thorley as well as advice from my good friend & Exercise physiologist at the University of Chester who knows a great deal about me and what I need as a rider to develop.