My guide to watching the track, MTB and road at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
My interviews with Spratty and Vale - the Spandolara Twins - after Stage 3
My race report - with everything I’ve found from Stage 3
I interviewed Pooley - and I need to tell you, she is the most excellent company - very funny, very ranty, doesn’t take herself too seriously and is completely passionate about cycling. Yeah, I’m a huge fan!
So on top of all the other changes - a new team, new bike, new shoes, all sorts of new things, I also had this challenge of allergies, which I’ve had before, I’ve struggled a bit with allergies, but never as bad as I did this year. Obviously it’s been hard mentally, because you’re travelling to all these different countries to race and the pollen count, and the maturity of the spring differs wherever you go, so you’re never quite sure how you’ll respond when you get there, so it’s about going into the race and seeing what you can do.
So it’s been a challenge, but challenge is also good. Last year I had a really good start to the year, and then I had a bad finish - I also broke my hand in the Route de France, which played a huge role in the latter part of my season not going as I would have liked.
So this year the aim was to finish off good - so maybe fate is playing into my hands, I’ve had a hard start, but maybe that’s prepared me better for a good finish to the season, so that’s sort of the plan, and hopefully things can only get better from here!"
I interviewed one of my favourite riders, and you can read part 1 via this link, or Click through to my blog to listen to the full interview as a podcast