Cover image by the amazing Jake Thomas of #BombtrackTreadlyRacing
National Champs are this weekend. Despite the rest of the world running pre-season cx camps and Instagramming with the hashtag #crossiscoming our Australian season is peaking in August. People have asked me about my preparation and how I am feeling about race day. I’m excited to line up on the front row and give it my all. Preparation wise I haven’t changed my training significantly – I am still doing my 10min and 20min steady efforts. However, in the last month I have added some higher intensity sessions on the trainer and I have reduced the number of repetitions in the last week to ‘taper’ for nationals. If you were wondering who my coach is – it is my fiancé Mitch. He coached me when I was racing NRS and as long as I’m self-motivated about my training the arrangement works well for us. Who wouldn’t want to analyse training peaks data together over dinner?
Last month there were a few news articles (see note) discussing reduced racing days in the second half of the 2017 National Road Series (NRS). Opportunities in road cycling to showcase your talent and your sponsors have become more limited in recent years and many teams have resolved this by travelling to race in Europe or America. However, overseas travel is not an avenue available to everyone. The decline of the NRS is a multi-faceted problem and I can’t offer a solution for this. However, for riders and sponsors feeling disenchanted with the NRS, here is my solution:
The Australian National Cyclocross Series kicks off this weekend in Bright, Victoria. This will be my third season after buying my first cross bike two years ago. I was unprepared in my first season, taking cross up on a whim after months off the bike due to illness. However, I fell in love with the sport and threw myself into it, ending the season with six weeks racing in Belgium over December 2015 – January 2016.