The January Slump

At the start of ‘off-season’ I was raring to go after not really accomplishing much on the bike last year. After the London Marathon, everything else seemed a little mediocre. It didn’t have the ‘wow’ factor of London. Come off-season I was ready to wipe the slate clean and give 2020 a good go. Now with a Wattbike Atom to train on I really have no excuse, but with a Winter plagued by every bug under the sun that perfect off-season hasn’t really gone to plan. Neither has the blog writing…


Here I am writing again, so that’s got to be a good sign right?

I thought I’d kick things off with a bit of a motivation themed post, as I can imagine I’m not the only one struggling with those New Year’s Resolutions. So I’ve been trawling through the depths of Youtube to find some inspiring videos to get you (and me) back into the swing of things.

  1. Making It Work: The Lizzie Deignan Story

Years spent at the top of the sport on the track and on the road, this video shows Lizzie’s return to the sport after having her gorgeous little daughter, Orla.


2. WHAT IT TAKES: One of the boys

Annemiek van Vleuten is a force to be reckoned with to say the least. After a big crash during the Olympic Road Race in 2016 it was questionable whether she would be able to return to the sport. With lumbar spinal fractures (yes multiple fractures) she was back on the podium a month later taking 1st on a stage in the Lotto Belgium Women’s Tour. In this video she joins the boys of Mitchelton Scott on their training camp.


3. Rising: No Train No Gain w/ Kate Courtney

A bit of gym inspiration off XC rider Kate Courtney, who is another Scott rider. This video follows her at a gym session at Red Bull HQ.


4. Lucy Charles – Road to Kona

Regularly popping up on my Instagram, Lucy Charles-Barclay is one of the biggest names in Ironman. Her laid back persona doesn’t stop her putting her all into training and racing. This video follows her quest to get on the top step at Ironman’s biggest race in Kona, Hawaii.

5. Beyond the Bike – Casey Brown

Now this video is from the archives way back when I was racing downhill. This was a video I watched multiple times the Saturday night before a race. It would be this or mountain bike film ‘Life Cycles‘. This video is a bit different from the ones above, but it’s definitely one to watch to give you a nudge to follow your dreams.


So I hope you’ll be leaving  this blog post with the fire in your belly again. I’ve lost it a little this off-season. I’ve even questioned if I want to race anymore, but looking through Youtube’s many pages has helped me get that focus back.

Falling off the wagon is ok, it’s just if you’re going to stay on the ground or brush yourself off and get back on. Even if you fall off again, it’s just important you get back on.

Velotik Racing: TEAM STATS

TEAM STATS 2019.jpgThree years in, Velotik is coming to the end of another strong season. The North Wales/North West based cycling team is retaining its handful of riders, as well as taking on two new recruits going into 2020. Before we get too ahead of ourselves, lets look at what 2019 brought to the table.

Velotik Racing Team Riders:

David Williams

David Crawley

Toby Williams

Chris Mann

Gareth Sanger

Jack Roberts

Lucy Bulkeley


Racing spanning from February to October, Velotik picked up a long list of stats with some of the highlights below:

David Williams

Chris Mann 2019Toby Williams 2019

So with a Welsh Champion and National Hill Climb under their belt, Velotik have already looked ahead to 2020 by recruiting two new riders:

Adam Darby

Darren Maironis

Adam Darby 2019Darren Maironis 2019

Darren previously rode for Velotik in 2017 & 2018, but moved to Transition Race Team for the 2019 season. 2020 sees Darren return to Velotik and is another strong TT rider for the team.

Adam is also coming from Transition Race Team securing great results over the longer distance TT’s. Adam will look to retain his Manchester 100 Mile crown for the third year running.

As Velotik’s only female rider, I’m returning my focus to cycling after a year focussing on the London Marathon and raising money for Cardiac Risk in the Young. Not to forget my involvement with the DSI Skoda Academy that saw me go down to Lee Valley Velodrome for some intense fitness tests off Dame Sarah Storey. That being said, it is also worth highlighting Velotik’s further attempts at raising money for the heart charity, CRY, by organising Crit for CRY.

Velotik would like to send out a big thank you to everyone who has supported the team this year. We hope you all had a great Christmas and are looking forward to the new race season in 2020.

Moving into 2020 Velotik will be carrying the sponsor logo’s of:

Potter Rees Dolan – Serious Injury Solicitors

D.C. Legal – Cycling Solicitor

R.W. Hough & Sons Ltd – Platering Contractors

Ryan Morley Coaching – Cycling Coach

If you’re not already, you can follow the team’s progress over on our Facebook page by following the link below:

Velotik Racing Team