David Fletchers path to the cyclo-cross season

David Fletchers path to the cyclo-cross season

With a week of training in the Canarian sun, my ‘legs things' are on the rise - getting a few more hours in than I would've done at home, and also getting in some quality climbing.


Gran Canaria is my favourite training spot. It's only a small island, but there's plenty to ride both on and off the road. From top to bottom there's pretty much two hours' worth of solid climbing. And if you want to ride on the flat there are the roads by the coast. I know from the past that teams like Saxo Bank, Astana and many other pro tour and pro MTB riders choose Gran Canaria to get the quality training hours in before their season begins.


As I was combining the training trip with a family holiday, I was able to relax after a hard session. Training four days on the bike, plus three hard sessions in the gym I've arrived home feeling fit. We shall see if there's any gain to what I've done when the next event comes, but for now, I'm quietly confident. 


The pressure is now on to perform in the next round of the National Trophy Series. After finishing fifth in round one, I'd like to take it a notch higher-and make a step on the podium. I know it's in my legs - I've just got to get everything out and play my cards well to outwit and out sprint my other rivals.


The second round at Abergavenny is this coming weekend, so hopefully, the hard work from the past two weeks will pay off…

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