I started June abroad In Montenegro for the Trofej Kuci stage race. As a whole the race went really well for me personally and for the team, with me finished 11th on the first stage despite there being a climb of 18 miles and 1500m elevation, I managed to time this effort perfectly enabling me and the small group I was with to still have the leaders in sight at the summit. With another 6 mile climb to go afterwards I managed to drop my group and solo to the end for 11th place. Also having 7th and 10th from my team mates left us up there for options for the next day.
The next day was again another hilly day, not as servers as the first but still 2x500m climbs. This day was a morale dropping day for me as I was chasing a group in front the whole time solo after a problem before the first climb. I was alone until the line for about 2 hours. Luckily other teams would come beside and refill and feed me in the heat even though the water was still warm. I finished 19th on GC could of been better but after being invited back for the 2019 edition aswell as other UCI races I and my team mates will know what to expect.
Arriving home on the Wednesday I had another local stage race the upcoming weekend, the Dave Hitchen stage race. The first stage was round a flat circuit, I went with every move at the begging and needed up being in the break of 16 riders, of which everyone had a team mate expect me. Aware of this and knowing what was going to happen towards the end of the race I pulled through respectively to everyone else despite being moaned at with the words “it doesn’t make a difference” if someone had 4 team mates or 1, where we all know it makes all the difference, Saint piran who had 4 riders started to counter attack 3 Laps to go, going with as many as I could until eventually a group of 5 got away, still chasing I did all I could as a line rider but they managed to stay away, abiut 1 mile I attacked the group and just got caught by 3 riders finished in 9th on the first stage. The 2nd stage was a team time trial around the infamous Pimbo, 2 Laps and all go play for. After stage one my legs where shot with the TTT only being 1 hour after. We began with a plan and thanks to my team mates I made round after they pulled me doing some big turns and managing to finished in 6th. The next day was the 3red and finally stage around a sappy old course brought back into use. Again we had a plan to try and ensure I high position on GC for myself. The race began and a team mate of mine was up the road leaving it all the play for with the GV contenders, on about the 5th lap I was on the front and before I knew it I had a 50 second gap with the rider 1 place behind on me on GC, at this point I thought I might aswell go the win overall than settle for a top 10. By the end it didn’t pay off being caught 2 Laps to go, but I was happy with my riding as a lot of people would of just settled for a top 10 but all I wanted to do was win. You have to lose some to win some.
A town centre crit was on the cards next something that isn’t my strong but I thought I’d give it a go. Anyway after attacking 6 Laps to go a managed to ride away and take the win, surprised but happy to win something that doesn’t suit me at all. Good prep for the National criterium champs this month.
Through July the racing kicks back off again with Bristol GP, the National Criterium championships followed by Stockton GP and then the elite Criterium series. With some big stage races in Tenerife, China, Tobago and Indonesia I’m hoping for some big results over the next 2 months going into these.
A big thanks for the support from The Lewis Balyckyi Trust Fund enabling me to go abroad and ride all these races, without them would become a impossible task. Fund there social media below.
Also thank to all the sponsors and my coach Roy Holmes of Holmes cycling.
• The Lewis Balyckyi Trust Fund
• TBW23 Stuart Hall Gett Taxi Bottecchia
Thanks to the sponsors
Stuart Hall Cycling. https://stuarthallcycling.co.uk/
Gett Taxi Uk. https://gett.com/uk/
TBW The Bike Warehouse www.thebikewarehouse.net
Lake shoes http://www.lakecycling.com/
Prosport Distribution http://www.prosportdistribution.com/
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Wigmore Cycling Club http://www.bc-clubs.co.uk/wigmorecc/