New Year Resolutions

It is mad to think that it is the first of January 2013 tomorrow. It only seems 5 minutes when I last wrote of my objectives for 2012.

2012 was a cracking year, the Cheshire Classic Women's Road Race came on leaps and bounds. I'd like to improve on that in April 2013.

My Time Trialling improved quite a lot. I ended up posting a 25.13 for a 10 in August, I'd like to improve on that and get into the 24s in 2013. I managed to post a 25.55 on our own club 10 circuit on the very last night, again I'd like to dip into the 24s if I can. I managed to get involved in a few 25 mile Time Trials as part of a team. I suffered on both, the last one being a 2up where I was horrific. I'd like to get involved in a couple of solo 25s next year and see how I get on.

How this will all come along I don't know. I enter 2013 with a mortgage approval under my belt and a house viewing at the start of January. It is a big time for Becky and I. Hopefully things will be ok.

I leave 2012 the lightest I've ever been, Christmas has seen me add a kilo but I'm still 3kg lighter than this time last year and definitely fitter. Hopefully I can carry this over into January and build towards the Llanberis training weekend at the end of February. I'll be taking part in the Cheshire Cat in March again too.

All the best for 2013.

Cheshire Classic Womens Road Race Launch

Well we're off! I launched the Cheshire Classic Women's Road Race last week. The launch had been on hold for a couple of months while British Cycling got everything in order but after 6 months of planning, redeveloping and rebuilding the wait was finally over. I've been pleased with the reaction, people have really got on board with what I'm trying to do. Social Media has really played a part too.

For me the best part has been the response to the help area. It was really important that the race just didn't sit there being self indulgent, I wanted it to help support other cyclists. We've introduced tips and advice from buying bikes to getting into racing. We've mixed up club members with elite riders such as Sarah Storey and Lucy Garner - that for me was really important. I didn't want "us and them".

It was then great when Breeze came on board, they help support and develop Women's cycling across the UK. The meeting I had with Natalie from Breeze was brilliant, she had great direction and totally got what we were trying to do. Being part of a race like the Cheshire Classic will hopefully inspire their members.

We also announced that Epic Cycles were coming back on board, which was brilliant. Phil Weaver is a top bloke, his daughter Molly rode a fabulous race last year. We also have a couple of other sponsors in the pipeline which we're looking forward to announcing. We are having conversations with a potential major sponsor, not only for 2013 but looking ahead to 2014.

We have been grateful to have received press coverage both online and offline. Already the local newspaper has got on board, running a full page story on page 2. Although the timing is great (coinciding with a cycling initiative they are pushing 2013) this was a major highlight for me. I struggled to even get a small column published a week before the race last year and now in December we have a full page 2 article.

Locally it was really frustrating last year. Northwich isn't a big town; there is no other event in Northwich nor the surrounding area that can boast the participation of some the UK's best elite athletes which even included a multi-paralympic medalist. What's more it is on everyone's doorstep and it is FREE to watch. If the local community gets behind the race it would really be fantastic. Hopefully we're on the right track. Fingers crossed!