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Mixing MTB and Road

Posted by fenner on October 6, 2013

The past few weeks have been super busy with clients racing all over the World and smashing wins and grins everywhere and my own racing it’s been “on like donkey kong”

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A few weeks back I raced the NSW masters champs and looked to defend my ITT title and win the crit and road as well. I have been developing some altitude protocols and after another intervention I was feeling good and ready to have a good hit out. The ITT went well and i managed the win with the 2nd fastest time of the day to FTP rider Shane Millar. I was happy with the ride, but, was limited on the return by leg speed on the faster sections. Things to work on for the Nationals for sure. The crit the next day was a cracker race with attacks and counter attacks for the whole race. I launched a big move with 1 lap to go and nearly pulled off the double just getting pulled back on the line by Richard Allen of GPM, a Silver medal to add to the Gold from the previous day was a good outing and the numbers for the day were really good with a 45 minute NP of 350 watts, we certainly were not hanging about. The road race the next day was always going to be a tough one to win, the course is just not hard enough and riders can get back on the short descents keeping it all together for a usual sprint finish. I pulled myself inside out, but, to no avail. Rolling in 8th in a slow motion sprint finish, still not a bad weekend all up.

The Huon team were then going to be staying for a few weeks and we were running a small training camp before the Capital Tour and the Tout of Tassie, so, it was a good chance to get my legs ripped off by Jack haig and Joe Cooper up and around the mountains of Kangaroo Valley. The guys rode an awesome Capital Tour and came away with nearly all the jerseys and clamped a good hold on the series with Nathan Earle and Jack Haig within a few points of each other going into Tassie.

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On the Sunday I slipped off and raced the MTB at the Kowalski Classic over the 90km single track dominant course. It was a super fun race and it was great t be back on the dirt. My skills and speed on the single track needed to be better to stay up with the elite guys better, but, I did manage to come away with the win in the Masters Category again in a time of 4 hour and 18 mins. Strava analysis would show some KOM’s for the day on a few climbs and firetrail sections, so, the form and power was there, but, the skills were lacking. More time needed on the dirt before Cape 2 Cape and Hell Fire Cup for sure.

It’s now all about prep for the upcoming Masters Nats and the MTB stage races, that and the continued work on making sure all the FTP Training riders are frothing and winning around the World. There are some very cool things happening right now, so, stay tuned for further updates.

A huge thanks again to Torq Aus and Dean and Gen, without there support it would be nearly impossible to manage everything and keep racing. Thanks also to Monza for the new Cube Roadie, report to come very soon and the Red 22 Hydro rim brakes, OMG, what an amazing group set and it will change the face of braking on road bikes. Full report coming soon guys.

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Checking out and see you on the road or trail very soon.

Fenz

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