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It was like a Tropical Thunder Storm!

This weekend just gone, i took part in the Women’s Team Series race at Oakley, Buckinghamshire. It was an experience, that i won’t forgot! All the way, travelling to the place it was nice and sunny, bit of wind but nothing major. After we arrived, i signed on and got my things together ready for the briefing 15minutes before the race. Whilst the briefing was getting under way, it started to rain…. You just then hear all the attitudes of the riders go to negative, as not everyone likes racing in the rain! Luckily, when we were on the start line it stopped raining, well around this part of the course, with the sun shinning allowing the air become a lot warmer again. We had our count down for the start of the race and we were under way… It started fast, with Tamiko smashing it on the front trying to split the race from the gun allowing it be a sufferfest for the rest of the riders, struggling at the back. But it was very observed, as round the back off the course it was chucking it down with rain, even hailing on the second lap! But round by the finish, it was nice and sunny. Soon enough, the weather took a turn for the worst and it came down like no rain I’ve ever seen before in a race! It felt like a tropical thunder storm!! It wasn’t a good idea ether, leaving over 120PSI in my tyres for the icy, slippy roads with the challenging corners round the course. The race came to a steady toll, when this weather hit and you could see the riders becoming a lot more caution. 

In this race, i placed a 9th place overall in the sprint finish, even though i got cut up on the finishing straight! But thats racing… 

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CDNW 2 Day 'SURF AND TURF' WEEKEND

Well the outcome of this weekend was a surprise for me! 

Before the event, the rider list came through via email with the program attached. I was looking through it and all these riders names were popping up like Laura Trott, Katie Archibold, Dani King and many more… Practically olympic and world champions! GREAT. But this made me more optimistic for the event… As they are NEVER impossible to beat! 

The day came for the 2 days of intense racing to start. The first stage on day 1 was the prologue, which ranked us for the crit race and the start of GC contention. I was one of he first off! Least i got it out the way… I managed to get 42nd for the first stage, bearing in mind I’m not the best of riders to go balls out in a TT and get stuck in. Just don’t know how some people can do it?! but still, i was happy with my positioning as i didn’t come last and it was a decent start position to start with, against a world class field of riders.

Couple of hours passed which meant it was time for stage 2, the criterium!  This was 45minutes plus 5 laps of Preston’s UCLAN Sports Arena course. to be honest, i think it is a really class course. As you can really carry some speed round some bends, getting tight in-between the bunch. Its brilliant! The start of the crit race didn’t go off as fast as i thought it would, personally I’m quite glad it didn’t as i started second row from the back. However, it was still a nippy pace! The first two laps of starting, this was time for me to move up in the bunch and stay covered, out of the wind keeping a good top 15 position. Moving up all the time, if i stayed in one place i would be at the back again… Don’t want that! this race surprised me that it wasn’t as fast as i expected, i thought it would be like London Nocturne and strung out most of the race. but it wasn’t… It was a nice tempo! Couple of riders trying to get clear, but nothing was going. I just sat happily and comfortable in the middle of the bunch, keeping my powder dry for the bunch kick. The remaining laps were approaching quickly, with the bell lap ringing i wasn’t in the best position at the time. I was a bit far back! But i noticed Katie Archibold coming up the inside of me, so i jumped on her wheel to take me round to the finish. Thats what she just did… As Dani King was leading out Laura, Katie powered her way up the inside of the two wiggle girls, pushing them wide. Laura, jumping on Katies wheel and I on Lauras… Sprinting up to the line, i couldn’t believe what i could see in front of me! Just them two, then me in 3rd… However, Grace Garner just pipped me on the line, as always allowing her to get 3rd and me 4th. What an awesome sprint it was! God smacked, with the riders i beat and how well i actually did a sprint… WOW!!

Still hyped up from the day before, it was the 81km road race. All morning it had been drizzling hard, miserable weather. Me, hoping the sun will come out for another glorious day! But it didn’t… Which meant the race started off in the dingy drizzle, neutralised up to the start line and then BANG, the flag was waved and the race started. Jesus Christ, the pace we started at was crazy! Felt like you were at a Crit race, not a road race. They stormed it off the front. I really couldn’t hack the speed! However, 2nd lap or so in i managed a puncture, so meant for me race over. Eventually, i pulled out which meant i got a DNF for this race.

I was dam happy with my performance from the day before!

What a weekend with a world class field! not every day you race with your heroes…

Check out some photos and the report on British Cycling…

http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/road/article/roa20140614-road-Trott-dominates-2014-Surf-n-Turf-Two-Day-0

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Stoke-On-Trent Round 1 & Peterborough Round 2 Matrix Grand Prix

I thought to give a cheeky low down on how the Matrix Grand Prix Tour Series is going and how i am finding them so far…

Firstly, it was round 1 at Stoke-On-Trent Hanley City Centre, which is my home city. It was nice because, i was able to race in my home town and also it was only a 5minute drive from my house to the HQ, which made a BIG difference compared to all the other races i am doing when i have to travel 3-4hours each time! It was a really nice, sunny warm day in Stoke. My race set off at 6pm that evening of the Tuesday 13th May, it was a VERY fast start at that. I don’t think one of my races have never set off so quickly! But, when you look at the names who were in it, you wonder why… Plus, for the first round they did not give us a neutralised lap, which advantaged to some of the teams who were placed at the front off the group for the gun, than the others at the back. This is another reason, why it went off so quickly! I tried my hardest, staying with the front few who went from gun, but i just couldn’t hack on to it. I lasted about 3-4laps, hanging on the front couple but slowly i could feel myself sliding further back each lap, till i settled down in a little group working together for the rest of the race. The race was that mentally fast, only about 4 riders didn’t get lapped by the leader who which was Katie Archibold. She is an animal!! However, the course added to how tough the race was because i personally think Stoke is the hardest course to do, as it has a false flat but spectators don’t realise it drags up from the bottom corner all the way to the top past the finish line, just for the downhill. I wouldn’t say it was my favourite course… But it is all experience and i really enjoyed it!!

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The week after, it came to the second Matrix Grand Prix of the Series on Tuesday 22nd May at Peterborough. This was a totally different race again! Different line up, different course, different weather which calculates to a different kind of race. I clocked on my garmin that this race, average speed was faster to the previous Stoke series. However, this course was pan flat and cornered, so makes it fast and furious. I was happy with my performance throughout this race as i improved the amount of time i actually stayed the main peloton up to the first sprint, then when the first sprint was going on i was just hanging on the back trying to keep it. But i just couldn’t! After i dropped, i was on my own till about 5 laps to go that is when some stragglers who dropped before me, caught me and we worked together till the end. However, we still sprinted in our little group to get a good position! I came 3rd in our little group sprint, which hopefully placed me high and mid way. Great racing to be part off, as i can just see how faster the standard is getting and the quality is increasing every time! 

Bring on Edinburgh next Thursday, 29th May which is on my birthday.. WOO!

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Bedford 3 Day

Hi, I’m back on the blog writing bang wagon! Sorry, i have missed a few blogs but I’m updating you with my latest race at Bank Holiday weekend…

Me and my team, Bike Pure, were honoured to be accepted as a team to ride in the Woman’sBedford 3 Day Tour organised by Jon Miles, which contained off 5 stages. Your probably thinking, how is this possible in 3 days? But it meant that we had to do a couple of races on the same day.  The race started  Saturday 3rd May with Stage 1, as  a 50 km road race which started at 1:30pm giving enough time for all the riders and teams to arrive, getting ready for the first stage of the Bedford 3 Day! I was quite optimistic going into the first stage, as i had never done Bedford before nor done as much racing on the road in the UK. I went into the race with an open mind and staying positive, as when we drove around the course it had 3 good kicks init which as people know, are not my strongest points. However, i proved this all wrong! In Stage 1, i gained a 7th placing out of 90 women who were competing in this race. It was mental! I felt quite strong throughout the race, staying in the middle of the bunch and allowing the rest off the peloton to do all the work, basically pulling me along. When it came to the last lap, i thought I’m still here, even though it is an uphill finish i have a good chance! I positioned myself in the top 5 for the bottom of the climb, this is where the sprint all exploded and started… I just powered my way up, overwhelmed that i could only see the finish line in front of my eyes with no other riders in front of me bar Grace Garner. I will be honest, i actually cried when i crossed the finish line! I was just so overwhelmed with happiness in what i had just done and the people i just beat as a first year junior!! Wow, just WOW!! But with my team as well, we are positioned very highly in this race all 6 of us getting in the top 60!! Myself 7th, Sophie Black 18th, Francesca Morgan-Slader 21st, Anne Marie Hughes 25th, Hester Stembridge 26th and Lucy Harper placing 58th. Which put us all starting off in great contention for GC and the team competition.

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The night soon flew by and it was crazily the next day, time for Stage 2 and 3 of the Bedford 3 Day on Sunday 4th May. Stage 2 consisted off the Team Time Trail (TTT) which was 10km long, not very far at all and it flew by! Before hand, we all got together and discussed team tactics in the TTT ensuring we have our order perfect, knowing what changes we are doing and how long we have to stay on the front for. As we really didn’t want to try and loose our advantage what we had on overall GC at the time… However, the TTT got under way we were all working efficiently together as a team and ensuring that we stayed together, ensuring any individuals did not get a time disadvantage. As for a change, within the TTT if you got dropped from your team your time would count as when you cross the line not when your team cross the line… As this happened with one of our team mates, she had 10seconds added on to her time! Due to, there was a corner just before the finish off the TTT. It came to that i was on the front and we had nothing too loose, so i took the correct line round the corner and went round at the speed i would normally take it in a race. However, a couple of my team mates aren’t that confident in going round the pace i go round as when i went round, one behind me braked as she realised she was cornering which then caused a problem for all our other team mates behind causing them to take a very wide line over the other side of the road. Luckily no car was coming!! But, we got it all back together and the first 4 of us crossed the line, stopping the time at 10:08 placing us 10th , out of 16 teams. We were all pretty chuffed with that, baring in mind we have never done a TTT with each other before… Nice one girlies! Least we learnt the mistakes for next time!! 

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After this TTT, Stage 2, in the morning it was time for Stage 3 the road race in the afternoon… It was 80km, setting off at 1:30pm in the afternoon, giving all the riders enough time to refuel and back on the bike for round 2 of the day! It was a toughy today, as it was more off a rolling course and more of a drag up to the finish line allowing the elite riders to kick over the top of the finish line giving all the other riders a sufferfest session. It was a hard one! I just kept watching my garmin, seeing my heart rate increasing and increasing but luckily it recovered very quickly, as it muchly needed too!! We have been very lucky with the weather to, as the sun has been shinning make it very warm and lovely to ride in, with a big bonus off no winds at all. The race started and i settled in very quickly however when the 2nd lap came around, baring in mind it was a 6 lap race, i very much thought this was the end off my race and I’m going to get dropped!! As on the climb i got stuck behind a straggler who was dropping off the main peloton, but i was feeling it myself! However, i dug deep and powered my way past jumping back into the middle of the bunch. But, you could tell riders were tiring as more and more got dropped off the race and pulled, unfortuantly a couple of my team mates did too! I managed to stay with the main bunch and contest in the bunch kick in the end, gaining me 27th. But with a couple off laps to go, there ended up a brake off about 10 riders who managed to stay away for the whole race… I didn’t even know they were off the front!! It ended up in a very tiring day at the end off it however, one of our teamys mum’s counteracted as a team physio for us giving us massages at the end of the day…

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After a very tiring day, we very much deserved a nice hot bath and a film to watch in the Premier Inn. That is just what we did as a team, after food of course… As the day was ending, we highlighted on our successful day and hoping for the best with the last 2 stages the next day!

Monday soon shot round and it was time again to repeat the daily routine of getting out of bed, breakfast, going to the race and getting into race mode. The last 2 stages were the hardest ones by far… Stage 4 consisted off the Individual Time Trail (ITT) where we all powered our hearts out, as it was the same course as the TTT. It was an hard race! The wind was upon us, which made it even harder on the rough service. i would never say ITT are my favourite events, as I’m on my own and can’t wheel suck anyone… But they have to be done!! I lost a few places from my ITT as i placed 68th, not the best but i gave it my best and thats all that counts. However, the rest of my team mates gave it a real good shot and did really well. But, how spooky is this? Me, Anne Marie Hughes and Spohie Black… All team mates! GOT THE SAME TIME. Strange… After my ITT, i could defiantly tell my legs were feeling it a lot and i very much thought I’m going to suffer a lot in Stage 5. 

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The afternoon came around, which meant it was time for the last stage of Bedford 3 Day, which was a 80km road race again… It was tough! As it contained one big, steep hill in it where the finish line was however, it didn’t flatten and go down over the top it carried on at a gradient which wasn’t idea for me today, going on how my legs felt!! Everytime i went up that hill and pushing over the top, i could just feel my heart wanting to explode, as my heart rate was getting very very high and by high i mean the max bpm was 226!! CRAZY. It made me feel ever so light headed, but it thought ‘paige you got to keep going, don’t give in! dig deep..’ But i did and which granted me staying with the bunch! On the 3rd lap in, out of 5 there was a crash up the hill which unfortuantly i was in and the rest of my team. This meant that i had dropped from the bunch, as they sprinted off the time i got going again… i was very disappointed and upset, but hey thats racing!!

Overall in GC i managed to place, 53rd.

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