Myself and Team Wiggins have been very busy recently on our Road to Rio. After completing the Tour of California, I flew back home to England and managed to get a free upgrade to Business Class, courtesy of the kind staff at British Airways!
As soon as I was back I was straight onto the track for more Team Pursuit training. Since then I have been competing in the 'Pearl Izumi Tour Series'. There are 10 rounds in this series and each round consists of 5 laps that last over an hour each around a circuit of a town centre somewhere in Great Britain. Being in America I missed the first half and did the last 4 rounds.
Each race is shown on ITV4 the day after. The first race in Stoke didn't start too well with a crash on the first lap! Somebody crashed into a barrier in front of me and I had nowhere to go except straight into him. Luckily no injuries so I got straight back up and carried on. In these races you’re not allowed a lap out for an accident or mechanical issue so getting back up to the leaders was a pretty hard task. These races are flat out from the gun so I didn't make up the time unfortunately.
Two days later I was in London for the 'London Nocturne' a great race around St. Pauls with massive crowds cheering you on the whole way. This race went a lot better as I stayed on my bike for a start. I came 7th in the end and as a team we had 3 in the top 7, so a great result for Team Wiggins.
We then stayed in London for the night and had an easy day on the Santander bikes around London for a more relaxed day of cycling. The next round of the tour series was in Stevenage, I had a good start here and was keen for an aggressive start, I was out in front alone for the first 15 minutes but with the strong pack behind got brought back. There weren’t many people in the front group in the end and having spent all my eggs early on I finished at the back of the front bunch.
The last series was down in Portsmouth. This consisted of a fast circuit which resulted in a few crashes, luckily I managed to avoid them and finished 7th again.
Now back to training before the Nationals in a few weeks! Wish me luck!
Until next time,