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Rite strong Dougi...

Rite strong Dougi... Euro glory for young Sam in Great Britain colours but how does that stack up alongside the rider profile provided by Randle after boggle hole!? Planet X youngest playboy, future tour de france winner, lays in on the line after 6 months on the team. Read on for the full story... I’ve had a busy season this year racing all over the UK and Europe including junior Paris Roubaix, junior tour of Axel and Eiper GP in Belgium. But most recently I’ve just returned from the European junior road and track championships. Non of this compares to the Boggle Hole weekend back in Feb, that was really racing, hardcore and next year I am going to stick it on wayne and his cronies big time...watch out wayne! The road Euros were in Belgium and the track in the beautiful country of Belarus (not!). As usual in Belgium it was mainly flat with cobbles all over the place. On the Wednesday was the 28km TT and after a big turbo warm up, a few gels and of course my lovely new white planet x TT bike I was off to the start. I was one of the last riders off at about 11 and it was boiling especially in the tightest skinsuit in the world! Probably the hardest part of the course though was the 500m cobbled climb with 3k to go! Yes I did say cobbled climb and it was in a time trial! I parked up a bit over the top but gave it everything to the finish and came in 1 mins 31 seconds off the winner (Joseph Perret) and in 20th so it was ok but nothing special. Then it was onto the road race. This had an 8k loop to be done 10 times plus 50k run up to the loop. The loop involved the 500m cobbled climb from the TT and going up that 10 times could of ripped anyone’s legs off! The race was a classic Belgian race with head butts being thrown all over the place and bodies flying all over the place but somehow even being as skinny as I am I managed to stay positioned well and finished just behind the front group of 54 to finish 55th with 65 finishers of 180 starters. Finishing with 3 hours 10 of racing and averaging 42.5kmph! So it was a fast old race. So being a first year junior I was pretty pleased. I reckon i need a few more trips to boggle hole next year to build up my hardness lol, Wayne, we going? Then last week it was off to Belarus for the Euro Track Champs. After overshooting the runway landing and having to pull back up and landing again we finally arrived in Minsk. I was selected for 3 races over the week being the Team Pursuit, the Individual Pursuit and the Madison so it was a busy week. In the Team pursuit we (Chris Whorall, Tim Kennaugh, George Atkins and me) qualified 2nd fasted with a 4 14 beaten by the Russians with a 4 10! In the final we gave it 100% but were beaten fair and square (awaiting results of the drug test) as they did a 4 07 compared to our 4 13. In the individual pursuit I only managed 10th with a 3 25 but was only 2 secs off 3rd so I was fairly pleased. Still only 3 seconds faster than the ginger avenger managed back in 1993 with no indoor track to train or race on!! He must have been really good ha ha ha. Then after 3 ridiculously boring days in the hotel it was the Madison. I was with midlands man Dan Mclay and we knew we had the legs to do a good ride. After winning the first sprint we carried on racking up the points and were leading after half distance (120 lap race). However our team mates Jon Mould and DJ Chris Whorall took a lap and won the race in style as me and Dan got piped to silver by the Italian team. So it was a good week coming away with a silver and a bronze. I doubt many people will have read this as I got carried away big time!! But cheers if you did and il update you again after the track nationals and a stage race in Italia. Ciao! A BIG WELL DONE SAM FROM EVERYONE AT PLANET X

31 July 2009

Comments

  • Geoff D

    Nice one Sam. Is that body colour you're wearing or a real skinsuit?

  • Mike A

    Well done Sam!! Dad'll be proud, read the blog to the bottom well it's late, Mouldy won the Madison, tremendous for the Welsh.