Two weeks ago I won the Tour of the Mendips there is a report and some great pictures of stage 2 on the velouk site http://www.velouk.net/2012/04/16/full-result-junior-tour-of-the-mendips/
Since then it has been frantic. I was selected to join the GB team to race in the Nations Cup in the Czech republic flying out tomorrow – in the past BC have only picked from their development riders and you can't get on their development team unless you do track so it was a massive surprise when I was selected. Mosquito have been incredible pulling out all the stops to get me ready in time. Two weeks ago I had no TT bike so the TT stage was going to be challenging !
Phil is a bit of a magician, ringing round to suppliers to organise all the gear last week he conjured up a beautiful TT bike from Blue, TT and road helmets from Kask and Tubs from continental and Accelerade nutrition.
Roger is a busy man his bike fittings are always spot on so he always has a full diary, he managed to clear a day for me to be fitted for the TT bike and then was working well past closing getting the bike set-up just right!
Greg is a genius mechanic getting my Blue road and TT bikes race ready, I am a perfectionist and Greg has been brilliant and very patient.
I have been training hard over the last week the theory is that I overload my body then rest for a few days and I will be race ready, it has been tough with the wind and rain and I don't think that I am close to peak fitness yet. It is about 27 C and sunny in the Czech republic right now but rain is predicted, at least I will be used to getting wet!
This is going to be a tough race, 5 stages over 4 days, hopefully with some decent climbs. In past it has been won by Fabian Cancellara,Denis Menchov, Roman Kreuziger and Peter Velits so there is a good chance that I will be racing against future pro-tour stars. There should be some reports on the race website http://www.zmj.cz/ after the start on Thursday
Thanks to everyone at Mosquito my biggest problem now is getting through the airport with two massive bike boxes and a suitcase!