BCDS Academy Rider for 2016

I am pleased to announce that I will be racing for the Bristol Cycling Development Squad Academy in 2016.

I’m looking forward to getting my kit sorted and to racing as a first year under 14 on both road and track. It will be good to have team mates at races, especially at the Nationals and at the Youth Omnium series events.

I will remain a 2nd claim member of my home club, Velo Club Walcot, and I will still be enjoying Club rides with them at the weekends.

Exciting 🙂

 

Mini League – Newport

I was really nervous the first time I took part in the mini-league racing at Newport Velodrome – in fact I still get quite nervous when i go!

I had done well in the Youth Omnium track racing before but for this I had to start being more tactical.
With my road racing, although I was very young in the year group, I was still one of the strongest under 12 riders meaning I used my speed more than I used tactics – I guess I was tacticaly naive. So it took weeks of learning what was good and what wasn’t, very much a case of trial and error.

My results have improved as I have learnt more and more, often coming in the top 3 boys and girls when I get it right.
Im finding that I’m better at the longer races like the points race and scratch race because of all the Club rides I do which have given me good endurance.

Returning to the Velodrome

After the season of criterium racing it was nice to get back to Newport velodrome. I had started riding track before way back last winter, but I needed to re-learn track again and try overcome my fears.

Whereas mt brother Morgan was able to get straight into the top group (A group) when we first went there I worked my way into the middle of the three groups, group B. I was really happy there and was warmly welcomed.

After the 2015 road season I returned to the B group and thanks to excellent couching from Stephen and Bryan, and all the support from family (especially dad and mum) I was moved up to the top group with one of my friends. This was really daunting for me, everyone, even my friend, seemed so much stronger than me.
Soon I found that loads of my club cluster and race buddys were in the top group, and I found that I could easily talk to them. In fact after a while I felt comforatble in the group and I still am.

I found it physically challenging as well as mentally, I would just about hold on in the warm up but I would struggle to do activitys such as the train or taking laps because the others were older and stronger and would be able to go quicker. I kept going and trying to stay positive and now i can turn up and do all the things-like train and taking laps- still with effort but I don’t feel so exhausted after each task.