Fraser Steps it Up at the Feew-side Womens Road Race

This weekend was the Feew-side Women’s Road Race, an event I organise every year to promote women’s cycling in the North East. It is also part of the Scottish Cycling National Women’s Road Race Series so attracts a competitive field. Also up for grabs, as well as the race win, is the title of Scottish Cycling North East Grampian Region Women’s Road Race Champion.

Big thank you to the support team for your sterling work on the day, and well done all the riders. The win was taken in the sprint by Julie Erskine (IKON – Mazda) from Ashleigh Fraser (Deeside Thistle CC) in second and Ellen McDermott (Team WattCycle) third. Velocita Coaching’s Ashleigh Fraser was also delighted crossing the line, taking the title of the North East Women’s Road Race Champion.

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Arctic Race of Norway 2015 – Scottish Junior Team

Last weekend I travelled over to Narvik in Norway as Team Coach, with Peter Clark as Team Leader and the nine riders of the Scottish Junior Team.

Mens Team: Alistair Merry, Danny Hedley, Grant Martin, Jordan Stronach, Zak Loney. Womens Team: Ashleigh Fraser, Emma Borthwick, Lulu Bartlett, Sara Bradford.

Sponsored by Statoil this is a hugely prestigious event for Junior racers with an fully international field, tagged onto the professional stage race that weekend of the same name.

Flying over Friday, we arrived late in the evening to the university accommodation and    preceded to get the bikes built and checked. Sat then involved a pre-race ride to open up the legs and together as a team we reviewed the 8 Km circuit. Contained within Narvik it was steep and challenging with leg busting climbs opening up to fast & technical descents. It was going to be a good race for sure! That evening a seminar/workshop was held with Thor Hushovd, the race ambassador, giving the junior riders insight and aspiration into what is required to become a professional bike rider.

Race day on Sunday was a huge fanfare with massive crowds gathered for roll out of the Pro race. Keeping everyone calm, relaxed and focused on the task at hand was key for Peter and myself, as well as ensuring they were well hydrated in the hot conditions!

Both our men and women’s team rode strongly in a very competitive field with our highest placed finishers being Ashleigh Fraser (12th) and Sara Bradford (13th) showing the true nature of team work, riding together and crossing the line side by side.

This was a massive learning experience for the team and we were delighted to learn that Statoil have signed up to support the event for another 3 years. Plans are already afoot and I’m looking forward to developing the Scottish team for 2016.

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Hard As Nails – Sarkis Rips up the ‘Celtman’

Massive congratulations to Laura Sarkis for a stunning performance this weekend at the Celtman, gaining 4th woman and 27th overall in a time of 14hrs 47 mins. No stranger to the super tough event, Laura has been training hard all season with Velocita Coaching and her hard work has paid off, beating her previous time by nearly 2 hrs. Top effort Laura, time for a well earned recovery!

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Arctic Race of Norway – Media Launch Day

The sun shone for Thor Hushovd’s visit to Aberdeen yesterday for the media launch of the Scottish junior team for the Arctic Race of Norway.

STV were present taking a number of photo’s of the team and Velocita Coaching’s Ashleigh Fraser also got an STV interview along side Thor, making the evening news. Afterwards we rode out west with Thor and the team, with everyone chatting to the former world champ in the rotation. Obviously we couldn’t resist a final sprint finish and Peter had the chequered flag ready 🙂

The whole day was a great promo for cycling in north east and its a fantastic opportunity for the young riders which I’m delighted to support. Plenty to be done now and my next steps will be the organisation of a series of coaching sessions for the team to get them prepared for August. Exciting times ahead!

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Youth Tour of Scotland 2015

This Easter weekend I accompanied the North East Scotland youth team to the Youth Tour of Scotland, in the role of coach & team manager. The event was hosted at Strathallan school in Perthshire for the full 3 day event. The best youth riders are attracted with teams from Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland & Isle of Man and the quality of rider is top level. It was a really great experience for the team and a big learning curve in fast, technical racing with large fields of up to 80 riders. I was kept busy attending team manager meetings, producing the daily schedule, planning the race tactics, keeping the lads on time with their warm ups/down, logistics and 101 other jobs that makes it all come together.  Couldn’t have asked for a better team though and had a real sense of pride seeing their organisation and enthusiasm. Well done!!

Ronde Van Vlaanderen – Cobble Capers

This morning was an early assault on the old cobbled roads of Aberdeen with Alick. We spent a 1-to-1 session learning the technique to riding cobbles, staying relaxed and smooth. Plenty of variety around town with cobbled climbs, descents and energy sapping flat segments. Just the ticket to prep for his Flanders Sportive event next weekend and with wind and rain on the cobbles, it was perfect ‘Classics’ conditions.

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Youth Tour of Scotland

In two weeks time I’m delighted to be accompanying the North East Scotland youth team to the Youth Tour of Scotland, in role of coach & team manager. A fantastic event for youth road racing, this is the highlight of the calender. The program incorporates a long circuit road race on the Saturday, a Perth city centre criterium followed by a Time Trail on the Sunday, with the weekend finishing off with a short circuit road race on the Monday. All stages are closed roads as per youth racing and its promises to be a fantastic weekend for the riders battling for stage wins as well as the GC overall. I’ll be keeping everyone up to date with the results as happen through the ADCA Youth facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ADCAYouth

Escape the Winter with Overload Week Abroad

February and March is a great time to get away from the winter weather and head for warmer climates to give your training a boost. A number of VC riders are currently following their training plans abroad including locations of Tenerife, Majorca and California. If you’re thinking of heading abroad and want specific coaching support, learning when to rest as well as how to train, get in touch and make the best possible use your time away.

KOM Sportive Steps Up

Great news that organisation of our local King of the Mountains Sportive has this year has been taken over from Deeside Thistle CC to be run by local event organising company, Fire Trail Events. Bringing a professional edge to the event, three routes are available including 25 miles, 100 Km and 100 miles so there is a distance for everyone. If you are considering entering and want specific coaching support, get in touch for a tailored plan with inside knowledge of the course demands. Be at your best and conquer the toughest!

London 100 – Group Coaching

Perfect weather for today’s group coaching session with the lads from Amec. They are preparing to ride the London 100 charity event which requires close quarter group riding, cornering and braking.

The track at Alford provided the perfect venue free from traffic, pot holes and other road hazards. Good luck to the team!