Targets for 2015

The first thing I did on getting back from Croatia was to buy a map of the Pyranees. Cycling in Croatia has given me a taste for long mountain climbs and I’m itching to travel to real mountains in the south of France. I love the climbs of the UK, but a 20 km ascent of the Col du Tormalet is a very different kind of challenge. My physiology is perfectly suited to 20km of uphill. The steeper and longer the better; it seems a shame not to use it.


col du Tourmalet. Photo Will J

In Croatia I climbed 28,000 feet  (8,500m) and only did about 300 miles. By the end of the ‘Croatia training camp’, I felt I could have climbed those 7% mountain roads all day. I did more climbing in the cold weather of Croatia than I did in summer or training for the national hill climb in October.

I had my first look at the time trial calender for 2015 yesterday. I’ve noted down some of my favourite races. I will try and target the National 50, National 100. The over-riding goal and target for 2015 will be the national hill climb championships at the end of October. I may do a 12 hour TT, and enter the BBAR, but at the moment, I don’t have too much enthusiasm for prioritising racing up and down the A50 to get those fast times.

I’m most looking forward to the hilly classics – like Buxton Mt TT. The worst clash of the season is between the Bristol South Megahilly and the Beacon Mt TT (which is now part of RTTC classic TT series). I would do the Megahilly, but the fact the Beacon is the 3rd round of the national TT series will make it a difficult choice. It may depend how I do in the first round in Buxton.

Often I start the year with the hope of setting new PBs, but it doesn’t seem to be important at the moment. I am slightly demotivated that the sport has imperceptibly become a quest for aerodynamics – aerodynamics is so important because it makes such a difference. I know aerodynamics is part of the sport – but I’d rather be riding up hills than spending time and money in a wind tunnel or saving up to buy a £1,000 custom skin suit.

I do like timetrials, but also there are many non timetrial goals which come into view. Most of them involve spending a lot of time cycling up and down hills. We shall see.

Often when I start racing in February / March, you get more enthusiastic about racings. It’s still very early in the season. I’ve had a good winter base and now it’s time to think about getting the TT bike down from loft.


One Response to Targets for 2015

  1. Tyler Durden January 9, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    Great post, especially the perception on TTs now. Reminds me of a tweet I saw last year from one of the Drag2zero boys after setting a course record for a 10 – “New course record; another victory for technology and science”. And it was in no way sarcastic…

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