So with all of this previous history in mind, i was skeptical about how i would fair at today's race, especially when you consider it was an E/1/2/3 and looked more like a premier calendar event with the whole Raleigh Professional Cycling team in attendance along with various other prestigious squads making appearances.
Even so, i was still very excited about the race and not particularly nervous or worried about the outcome. I am beginning to learn that pressure only makes things worse which is why i learnt to channel this self pressure in different ways and it makes a big difference.
I spent the previous day attending to my Trek Madone which has also experienced 8 months of not been ridden in anger just like me. Degreasing, hosing, washing, scrubbing, hosing, lubing and oiling, these are the things that relax me before a race, knowing that i have done everything to ensure my equipment wont let me down and i can only blame myself or other uncontrollable elements for any misfortune that i may experience.
|The race bike - cleaned and ready for action complete with |
new cobbled classic look tubular wheels.
|Gather for the pre race rider briefing|
|the bike is ready to race|