Tour of Britain – Stage 2: Down and Out


When I woke up yesterday morning I was hopeful that I would be better than day 1. Sadly I was wrong.

As we got underway I still didn’t feel flash but I put in a lot of effort in the first half hour to get a Node4 jersey into the day’s breakaway. It was a tough battle in a blustery headwind until finally one stuck with Mike Northey making the group. Soon after, the rain that had been promised began to fall and the temperature plummeted with it.


My day started to unravel when I was brought down in a big crash about 2 hours in. As bodies and bikes hit the road in front of me I spied a small gap and went for it. I thought I’d made it through unscathed when a flying bike dropped down in front of me and cleaned out my front wheel. I hit the ground hard…

I picked myself up and quickly assessed the damage to myself (nothing broken thankfully) and my bike (broken shifter and buckled wheel). I rolled along as best I could until the team car got up to me and I swapped onto a spare bike. After a quick chase it was business at usual, rolling along through the Lake District in the rain.

As we began to hit the bigger hills of the stage I really started to suffer. When the pace went up I had nothing left to give and I found myself slipping backwards through the group on the climbs. After spending some quality time in the convoy and giving it absolutely everything to stay in the race I finally lost contact.

I was absolutely gutted but still held onto a glimmer of hope that I could make it to the finish inside the time limit. This didn’t last long as I was becoming colder and colder and felt so weak I had almost completely stopped. I knew my tour was over; ruined by a very poorly timed stomach bug which had sapped my strength in the crucial final week before the race.

I’m out of the tour now and my UK season is finished. It would have been great to finish with a strong performance in the Tour of Britain, especially as this race has been my focus for the entire season; but, you can’t control everything and sometimes things don’t go to plan no matter how well prepared you are!

Good luck to my team Node 4 Giordana for the next 6 days of racing. I wish I was still racing with the boys but I’m sure they will do a great job and I’ll be watching! For me it’s time to take a bit of time off and look ahead to what’s next…

The Secrets To Building Muscles And Looking Great

There is plenty of information out there as to the proper way to build muscle. If you are working on building muscles in your body, learn what it is that your body needs to do first. This article will give you the information you may need in order to get started.

Vegetables are building muscle as any other nutrient. Vegetables provide nutrients that you cannot find in proteins and carbohydrates generally lack. An added plus is that these are also high in fiber. Fiber is like a catalyst that helps your body to use the protein more effectively.

A common mistake people fail to use proper technique when lifting weights because they are too focused on speed rather than technique. Performing an exercise with care and deliberation, and will increase the effectiveness of your workout.

Make sure you understand the best exercises for increasing muscle mass. Different exercises target different things; some are better for toning while others are better for bulk.

You would want to consume the amount necessary to pack on one pound each week. Research ways to bump up your calories, and if after about two weeks you have not gained any weight, then consider muscle building supplements.

Don’t forget carbohydrates when trying to build muscle. Carbs are absolutely critical to provide you the energy you require for working out, and if you are short on them, your body converts your stored protein for energy instead.

Try changing your workout routine. As with any workout routine, it could become boring, which can prevent you from working out. Make sure that you do different pieces of equipment at the gym or taking advantage of different exercise classes.

As was discussed earlier, it’s critical you provide your body with what it requires to properly transform your physique. Building muscle can be done several ways; make sure you understand the best way to increase your muscle tissue. The advice that was given to you will put you on the right path to reach your desired goal.