Cycling Progress

Not long till the first rides of the season. I can't wait, I feel in really good form. The hours spent on the turbo at the gym have worked really well, I'm doing a good half an hour at 90 RPM and the interval sessions have been excellent.

I've had opportunity to go out on a couple of rides. The first was a 25 mile loop which I did pretty easily and most importantly felt really good at the end. The next couple of rides were simple 15 mile loops which I did under 45 minutes with a strong headwind. The most pleasing thing is that I'm dealing with hills a lot better.

I am struggling with keeping the energy levels up. I need some education on sorting out the best foods for before and during rides. Cycling Weekly has a mammoth 183 page edition this week which will sort them I'm sure.

On other bad news, unfortunately I won't be doing the planned Cheshire Cat sportive as it has sold out, I'm looking for a replacement for later on in the season now. My first ride will be the Ron Sant Reliabilty on April 13th.

Before that I'll be booking the bike into Dave Hinde for a service, while it's there I'll probably get a 105 chainset and some new Mavic rims. I'm currently on Tiagra and the gears are everywhere!

It's really bad news to hear 3 UK Premier Calendar races being cancelled including the Halfords sponsored Bikeline last weekend. I thought cycling was going through a fantastic spell, with loads of money coming through from British Cycling and yet we can't even had a days racing on public roads. If an event with even the backing of the mighty Halfords gets cancelled there is no hope at all.

It really winds me up. All were cancelled due to lack of council and police support. It's very sad.

On better news, a great start to the Pro calendar. The Cervelo Test Team has been outstanding, Roger Hammond especially. Mark Cavendish has won a fair few races, the Tour Of California win being one of my favourites with the double lead out train.

One of the most memorable moments so far for me was in Paris - Nice. Contador having been under huge pressure from competitors all the way through the competition was in a chasing group. With lack of support from his group, he was force to battle on his own at the front, so much so that he blows up near the end of the penultimate stage and finishing at the back, loosing his yellow jersey. Crazy stuff.

Can't wait for the Tour and Giro!

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