A Trip to British Cycling HQ

The past few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. It went from getting an email from British Cycling to me checking into a hotel in the centre of Manchester. Hopping on the tram that stopped off at ‘Velopark’ I wasn’t really sure what to expect from my afternoon at the National Cycling Centre.

Not a bad view really!

The place where history has been made. Where our GB athletes train. We’ll never truly know what goes into their training sessions, but it still gives me goosebumps walking around the place.

National Track Champs

British Cycling had invited a group of blog writers to talk to us about their initiatives for 2018 and I was pleased to hear it wasn’t just all about elite success. That obviously came into it, but they have plenty of other initiatives in place too.

I’m going to write up a full post on their initiatives because I think it’s good to know what the big wigs are doing that run our sport, so look out for that one very soon!

National Track Champs

British Cycling also gave Ryan and I tickets to go and watch the National Track Champs in the Velodrome. This I was particularly excited about…even more so after 3 cups of cffee that day.

What can I say…a cyclist loves their coffee….

Watching track champs was pretty bonkers to be honest. Team KGF took the 1, 2, 3 in the 4km individual pursuit. KGF team mates Charlie Tanfield & Dan Bigham went head to head in the Individual Pursuit Final, only for Charlie to overtake Dan meaning the race ended there. Welsh rider Lewis Oliva put the power down to take the top step in the Keirin and defended his title from 2017. Katie Archibald also picked up gold medals in the 3km Individual Pursuit, but Emily Nelson got the top spot in the Pursuit Final.

National Track Champs

Seeing all of the athletes warm up in the centre of the track, and just being in a competitive environment, made me just want t ride my bike! It even encouraged me to finally book onto the West Pennine Hilly Time Trial that has been on my mind for a while. I got around 53 minutes last year, so sub-50 time I’m coming for you (my legs just don’t know it yet…)

National Track Champs

With the lighter evenings slowly reappearimg, I’m looking forward to having a 2018 full of bikes. Once I get some routes finalised for my Breeze rides, I can wait to get the, up and running. The fast approaching Girls at Llandegla I’m organising won’t be one to miss either!

National Track Champs

Old Ma’s Coffee Shop

We finally managed to get out and ride our bikes after being ill over Christmas and New Year. Now I’m feeling better I could also try out the selfie stick Ryan got me for Christmas so I can use my GoPro more. Thanks to the GoPro Quik Stories app it is super easy to put together short videos too.

Getting up early to go out on a Sunday was definitely a shock to the system after letting myself have lie ins to recover from whatever illness I had. After getting out on the bikes today my head is so much clearer and I’m starting to feel a bit more like myself again. I’ve even found a gym to join so I can get back to training properly. When I don’t train I just donkt quite feel like myself. Being active and into fitness has always been a part of who I am.

With Ryan deep into his training for 2018, it was good to get out together too. No pressures to get back for a certain time, or because we actually got up on time, we weren’t chasing the light either.

We couldn’t believe how many cyclists and runners we seen out! I can honestly say we saw around 30 cyclists out on the route we did, or in the cafe we stopped at.

We stopped at Old Ma’s Coffee Shop, which isn’t too far from the Ice Cream Farm in Tattenhall. Ryan’s been before, but today was my first visit and I couldn’t recommend it more! It’s such a welcoming cafe with really good food. Value for money is great too.

I hope you all managed to get out and enjoy the outdoors this weekend, whether that was cycling or not.

Attingham Park, Shrewsbury

I put these photos into Photoshop, but then decided to I liked them as they were.

Our visit to Attingham Park was a bit sporadic, yet I’m still glad we went even if it was rather cold! Next time I’ll make sure to go back more wrapped up, but then we could just go back when it’s a bit warmer…

After a tour round the house, where I kept trying to make Ryan laugh, we wandered up to the deer since I was dying to take some photos of them. Next time, I’ll try and take a longer lens as I could photograph them all day!