Last year started off full of hope and excitement. My first ever sponsor Rocky mountain bikes UK was sponsoring the series I had planned to race all year. The first UK Enduro was an amazing weekend with great stages and a great atmosphere. I was really looking forward to the next one when suddenly the next race was cancelled last minute. Shortly after the series was cancelled all together, leaving us racers to pick up whatever spaces were available at local enduros.
Undeterred I was full of excitement to represent new sponsor Flare Clothing this year at the British Enduro Series, but as any fan of enduro in the UK knows disappointingly that has gone the same way and is no more.
So where do you begin with a training plan that has no line up to train for? Over the winter the focus has been on increasing base miles on the road bike and exploring Dartmoor on cross country rides. With no aim of distance to train for it's been more difficult to keep motivated, but all those days out on the bike have been good days and it's been a winter well spent.
I plan to race once a month and so far have two events lined up the Southern Enduro Championships followed by DYFI Enduro world series Qualifier. Then I expect to take part in the full Southern Enduro series. Unusually the season begins with the most challenging events both in terms of distance and technicality, so with April coming around fast training is about to crank up a gear.
With regular base miles under my belt training turns its focus to intervals, weights and technical riding in preparation for race stages. Being a grass roots racer with no trainer, my plan has been based on Tracey Mosleys guide to Enduro training. So I'm off to hit the turbo trainer and the gym and will see you out on trails and at the races. I'm sure you will easily spot me in the gorgeous 2017 flare kit - please say hello!