Bex’s Blog: From two wheels to two sticks

Merlin’s Bex summarises her 2015 race season. Bikes, baking and broken toes.

What a season! Combined with not your normal off-season too.

My vital stats for 2015

  • 54 races.
  • 1950 miles covered.
  • 7 countries.
  • 10 wins.
  • 2 broken down cars.
  • 1 cancelled flight.
  • 1 case of hypothermia.
  • Numerous friends made.
  • 1 happy bike rider.

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Great expectations

I had been expecting to write this end-of-year blog from hot and sunny climes. Lying on a beach, the sun glistening, waves crashing in the background… Instead I’m sat on my sofa with my feet up and my foot in plaster.

This week was supposed to have been my first back on the bike after taking some time off to be a normal person, allowing my body to recover from a busy season.

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What is the off-season?

What does the off season and down time consist of for a bike rider?

The first day felt completely foreign. I came home from work and well, just relaxed on the sofa. No 30 minute dash to get changed, prepare bottles and get out bashing the road.

Instead some afternoon television (not entirely sure what I have been watching). For a few weeks a year I get to see television shows where I have no idea what’s going on and lots of game shows that put my general knowledge to shame.

After a few days of just chilling, the mind starts to wander. You realise that there are a few, not so much forgotten, but rather put-on-hold tasks that have built up whilst you’ve been away racing and training.

The dreaded ironing pile. The kit drawer that needs sorting. The bikes that need maintenance. The chores that may have been slightly neglected. Not so much a spring clean as an autumn end-of-season top-to-bottom house clean.

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Baking off

After being inspired by BBC’s Great British Bake Off I decided to take to the kitchen and start doing a spot of baking.

I’ve found a new cookbook called Rawsome Vegan Baking and I can’t get enough of it! It has been really nice to spend time preparing and cooking nice meals, coming up with new recipes that we can use next season.

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It was actually after a spot of baking that a minor incident occurred and I ended up falling down the stairs and breaking my big toe in a rather spectacular way (long story) – who knew how vitally important this digit really is!

Even with my foot booted up I’ve been taking part in some yoga to relax and stretch out. Hopefully when I get back on the bike and start rehabilitation the process will move along a little bit quicker.

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A busy, hectic and eventful season

From February’s Clayton Spring Classic where I ended up getting hypothermia through to summer racing in Europe with the best riders and teams in the world. I sometimes need to shake myself as to what really happened this season. My race results are listed below for those who are interested.

2016 sees some new and exciting opportunities but for the time being though there’s a bit more rest, recovery and rehabilitation.

Over and out for now!
Bex

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Bex’s 2015 race results

1st Hub Architecture Tour of Northumberland Overall

1st Hub Architecture Tour of Northumberland Stage 2

1st Mike Binks Memorial Road Race

1st Salt Ayre Criterium Women’s Series

1st Salt Ayre Criterium Women’s Series

1st Salt Ayre Criterium Women’s Series

1st Tameside Criterium Women’s Series

1st Tameside Criterium Women’s Series

1st Pendle Forest CC Time Trial

1st Ribble Valley Time Trial

1st Stockton Riverside Town Centre Criterium

2nd Hub Architecture Tour of Northumberland Stage 1

2nd Bradfield Hill Climb

4th National Circuit Time Trial Championships

5th Alexandra Women’s Tour of the Reservoir Stage 2 (National Series)

8th Alexandra Women’s Tour of the Reservoir Overall (National Series)

9th National 50-mile Time Trial

11th British Time Trial Championships

13th Ryedale Grand Prix (National Series)

15th British Criterium Championships

16th Otley Town Centre Grand Prix (National Series)

18th Curlew Cup (National Series)

24th Tour Series Redditch

25th Cityronde van Tiel (Netherlands)

27th Tour Series Motherwell

28th Women’s Tour de Yorkshire

31st British Road Race Championships

36th Cheshire Classic Women’s Road Race (National Series)

37th Alexandra Women’s Tour of the Reservoir Stage 1

53rd Ladies Tour of Norway General Classification (UCI 2.2)

53rd Ladies Tour of Norway Stage 1 (UCI 2.2)

65th Ladies Tour of Norway Stage 2 (UCI 2.2)

69th Tour Cycliste Feminin International del’Ardche Stage 2 (UCI 2.2)

79th Tour Cycliste Feminin International del’Ardche Stage 5 (UCI 2.2)

80th Tour Cycliste Feminin International del’Ardche Stage 6 (UCI 2.2)

80th Tour Cycliste Feminin International del’Ardche Stage 7 (UCI 2.2)

80th Tour Cycliste Feminin International del’Ardche General Classification (UCI 2.2)

81st Tour Cycliste Feminin International del’Ardche Stage 3 (UCI 2.2)

82nd Tour Cycliste Feminin International del’Ardche Stage 4 (UCI 2.2)

85th Erondgemse –Pijl Lotto Cup (UCI 1.2)

91st Maarten Wynants Lotto Cup (UCI 1.2)

104th Tour Cycliste Feminin International del’Ardche Stage 1 (UCI 2.2)

1st Bole Hill Road Race (25th Mens)

1st Richmond Road Race (23rd Mens)

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One Comment
  1. how well have you done this year eh , good on you Bex 😉 lots of big achievements there and lots to be proud of , its a pity about your broken toe but you’l be back up and fighting soon enough luv ,
    keep gooin wi t yed dahn as they say

    Dave

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