Race 2019 racing season

andywood

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Almost the end of the year. I wrote about my racing season below.

If you want to know more about of any of these races, give me a shout.

Cheers, Andy


>>2019 results

last sunday's race was the last race of 2019

time to look back on the year

after a solid winter block of zwifting and weight training
I entered the season with confidence

TTs were the main focus again

march: TT Japan stage 1, 4th

2nd in 2018 by 2 seconds
I thought I'd done the work to step up in 2019
alas everyone was faster!

april: moiwa TT, 1st

1st in 2018, 1st again in 2019
a little slower
but the wind is always a factor

may: haruna TT, 4th

first time to race this course
the top 3 were all excellent time trialists
so 4th was okay
maybe I can go faster next year

june: uchinada TT, 1st

the big one
a prestigous TT
on the podium in the TTT before
but on a road bike I could never make an impact on the TT

no excuses on a TT bike
did the training
did the reconnaisance
rode it hard
won it!

july: niseko TT, 1st

big ones come in twos!

this was all about the UCI champions jersey

kept the form
did the training
did the homework
won it!

august: no races

back in the UK
I rode lots
all for fun

1st day back in Japan
I took my UK souvenirs to the bike shop
and walked out with a new CX bike...

but before hitting the dirt
I had 2 more TTs to train for

september: niigata 1 mile TT, 1st

it's amazing what you can do with no specific training

old school volume paid off!

october: japan masters TT

racing with the young kids in the open category
including Yamada san who I trained hard with every morning

in the race 2nd to an 18 year old pro back from a year racing in France!

a wonderful event, I hope to go back next year

november: nobeyama gravel race, 8th

first race on gravel
the course was a secret close up to race day
difficult to train specifically for it then

4th in the first stage
I got lost in the mud on the second!

great fun
I hope to try more gravel races next year

december: toyama CX, 3rd

my first CX race
still got lots to learn
but it was a good first effort

I'll do a few more CX races this winter

all in all a successful 2019
I enjoyed the training
I enjoyed the racing

time to start thinking about next year's racing calendar...

here we go!
 

Kangaeroo

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Magnificent results! I lived these vicariously.
I wouldn't mind a palmares with a worst result of 8th (in the first-ever time to race in the category) and at least 4th in every other race. I'd be inspired if I hadn't seen how much hard work went into these results and it wasn't just a matter of turning up on the day.
Fabulous stuff, @andywood
Thanks for your inspiration and encouragement, too!
 
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andywood

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Magnificent results! I lived these vicariously.
I wouldn't mind a palmares with a worst result of 8th (in the first-ever time to race in the category) and at least 4th in every other race. I'd be inspired if I hadn't seen how much hard work went into these results and it wasn't just a matter of turning up on the day.
Fabulous stuff, @andywood
Thanks for your inspiration and encouragement, too!
Cheers, @Kangaeroo

Your daily commute is inspirational mate! Especially the time of day you do it.

You obviously have the commitment and dedication. So there's no reason why you couldn't apply it to some racing.

But having fun and getting satisfaction from just riding should always be the main goal.

Andy
 
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