Over the winter, I competed in cyclocross races, fighting through muddy bomb-sites on my Frog bike, almost every weekend. But now that it’s supposedly British ‘summertime’, the racing schedule has changed.
That’s right, we’re now entering the road race season.
The road season consists mainly of criterium races. These are short half an hour long races, in which you race furiously over short, often technical laps of parks and the like. Throughout the season, there is also the odd short stage race. These races tend to be roughly four stages long, over three days of racing.
My Frog bike, which I was given through my sponsor Craig at Sprockets Cycles in Kilmarnock, has been great over the cyclocross season, and the three crits races that I have already done this season. But I have now grown (a little bit) so the Frog no longer fits me quite as well. That means that I will hand it back in to Sprockets and I'm moving on to a carbon fibre Kuota. This bike should be amazing for Criterium racing, as it is super light, aero and stiff, and the fact that it is equipped with full sized wheels will be a big step up from racing on smaller 26” inch wheels on my Frog.
Also, as if that was not amazing enough, I have just got a new Genesis mountain bike to train on. Hopefully, Chris, Dave and Craig will be able to show me some of the secret trails that they know around Ayrshire!
All in all, it looks like this season is going to be amazing, and really great fun, thanks to the constant help and support from the guys at sprockets’ cycles in Kilmarnock, and not to mention my dad Lindsay and JP and Jo Baxter.