In the last week I have been and stuck my neck out on a couple of occasions to try something new and to commit another Winter of hard riding.
Firstly, I'm now a sponsored cyclocross racer riding for Cult Racing. Owner of cult Racing, Paul, had asked for willing/wannabe racers to submit details to him for selection so I thought it would be worth a try and hit send, not really thinking anything would come of it. Low and behold I got an email from Paul last Wednesday to pop in the shop to try out the bike and collect some kit!
My first race in Cult Racing colours is coming up on Sunday 14th at round 2 of the West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League in Henley-in-Arden. I then have quite a full racing programme over the next 4 months (see the Racing tab above).
The second time for me to put my neck on the block was yesterday when I announced that I would be riding 200km in Novermber (just 2 months away), to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. It's something I had been thinking about now since my Dad passed away last year at the Hospice in Solihull. I could have done any number of organised events, big or small, but I wanted to do something more personal and relvent to my Dad. My Dad worked for the CEGB man and boy, for over 35 years, so I thought it would be relevent to cycle to those sites he had worked at in the Midlands after he and my Mum moved down from the grim northern mill towns of East Lancashire. I had planned something much grander over a full weekend, including tough climbs on and off road, but my wife made me see sense with the fact that there will be limited daylight hours at this time of year.
So, now that it has been announced and I have donations coming in already, there is no backing down. I'm a little apprehensive as the distance will be quite a lot more than my usual "long" commute to work, and now with committing to race there will be little scope for "getting the miles in" at the weekends. I will therefore be trying to increase intensity in the hope that it will then help me "go long" at an easier pace. I can but hope.