I figured I couldn’t sum my season up in 140 characters…
So, after talking with my coach and team manager we have decided that it’s best to quit while I’m ahead. Stopping my season with some good form, instead of continuing racing for a few more weeks in potentially cold and wet weather, when I could take my rest now and start my training for next season sooner rather than later.
2013 has been an awesome and very memorable season for me. Spending 5 weeks training in Majorca, begining the year with no team, then in April after a strong start and a couple of good results, becoming part of the Pedal Heaven RT. A risky move for the management to take me on, I’d hope now that I’d shown myself as a more mature rider and a true team player, as well as having great TV interview skills…
Obviously there have been a few dark days this year, of which I won’t go into detail. But I’m hoping there will be some changes made to the British Road Racing scene and potentially road laws in 2014 as a result.
We as a team have taken 3rd place in the British Cycling team rankings, putting us in the spot of best Non-UCI team in the UK, a huge acheivement for all of us involved in the team.
Hard Work ALWAYS pays off.
This season I’ve had 17 wins on the road, 15 top 3’s and 2 overall series wins with the SERRL Summer Series and the Crystal Palace Circuit series. Along with a number of team prizes in road races. The team in total has had 44 wins in 2013.
I finish the season in 13th place in the UK Elite rider rankings and as the 1st place Under 23 Rider. Which obviously by no means means that I’m the fastest U23 in the UK, I think we’d mostly agree that prize goes to Simon Yates!
A big thanks to Tim and Craig, the team management, and also the team’s sponsors for taking me on. And to Rob, Dave, Dave,Paul, Allan, Chris, Anders, Rory, Lewis, Jamie, Francis, Dante, Alex & Jo for being bloody great teammates and great guys off the bike too.
Not to mention my Parents for driving me around the country to races week in week out without fail or complaint!
I’m already looking forward to training towards the 2014 season, and hoping to again improve on this years results!