Revolve 2017 [1 of 2]
Revolve 24 Hour Challenge is my main goal for the next few years, as I hope to ride 250 miles solo in one day, and the weekend racing around with my team is a great start for anyone wanting to start a change for themselves, It’s the event that got me into cycling and really pushes me on to be a better person all round I think.
My long-term plan is to carry on using this event for the rest of my yearly training, as this will give me personal goals each year lap by lap data, improve yearly mileage and try to get faster by training and updating kit to suit this style of race.
Revolve www.revolve24.com 15th & 16th Sept 2017.
The Team as last year, Myself, Oliver, Dom and Stephen, a strong line up for us, same sponsor as last year, lining up new sponsors for 2018/19 races, (as I have left the company now) with a lot of interviews lined up this was going to be a very long weekend, a camera crew turned up Friday night to meet us, we done a few bits including setting up pit garage, so Friday the 14th was a busy day for myself and Ollie, we met up in the morning and got everything together, Hit the road to Brands Hatch in Kent from our Hampshire base, once we had spoken to organisers and camera guys about what was needed footage wise, We unloaded the truck and set-up what we could then made our way to hotel to eat around 8PM, quick drink, food and a little banter with a few others set me up for sleep around 11PM, zzz
Saturday 15th 7AM Phone going off was my alarm, gosh I said,(might have said a few other choice words, rather than thank the so and so for calling really) a little early to be woken up before being up for the next 40+ hours, but, hey it is what it is, Big breakfast for myself, Ollie and Declan this year’s lifesaver or pit crew as some might say, lifesaver is a truer statement x. Leaving the hotel knowing we wouldn’t be back until 6PM Sunday is harsh but so, so exciting. Arrived at race circuit around 9AM got into the pits and finished setting everything up, went and met lots of the other teams handing out free water and energy bars basically buying people love for our little team, it worked I think, as most knew who we are now when we go out on rides around the south, which is a very nice thing, proving I’m happy to look silly at times to gain new cycle buddies, the next few hours we’re spent doing interviews and podcasts, before everyone gets on track for the first time at 1pm This is nuts and you really have to come along and try this event for this reason alone, It’s not about getting your lines right, more a chance to learn the track how step it really is, and if you want a good photo opportunity then this is it, make sure your pit crew and friends are ready to snap you and your team early and get this online for family and friends to follow.
3pm race starts, Le Mans style start hence the 3pm start, Ollie was leading us off, he is a solid rider and all-round Triathlete, meaning his lap times are steady, plus he has helped me loads giving up his time to help push me when I was feeling down and not wishing to train, so I will always be thankful for his help. Our process for the race was to do around one hour on the track each time giving up plenty of rest time to eat and sleep, being awake this long means a massive calorie burn and not much time to get decent sleep. Well that was the plan, it didn’t quite work out that way however. 4,ish Stephen was up next, what a machine he is, really quick and found with the help of my Outcast cyclist group, star find. To have someone of this calibre to learn from was awesome, Thanks buddy, knowledge of bikes what to eat, providing that extra push to gain more speed, 5,ish Dom Mr cadence Dominic is brilliant and just goes on and on, same lap times with a smile, although he had the right idea of going away from the pits to get rest, lessons learned for the rest of us I think lol.
6pm my first stint, track was damp and confidence wasn’t where I needed it to be, I got a steady start however really improving on last years lap times, which was my main point of doing this race, it was already getting dark too, I think at the time I was a bit disappointed because I had trained really hard, around 4 times more than in 2016, head was strong I was positive this would get better,
My next stint at 10pm was way beyond my worst that I had experienced on a bike, the others also had the weather to deal with I know, but I couldn’t cope with aquaplaning into bends I had zero grip I went off the circuit and hit the kitty litter (gravel) this ripped a hole in front tyre, I came into the pits but couldn’t see the issue, after a little banter went back out feeling like a snowflake I believe, I stayed slow into the bends and it was a total joy to finish this stint and let the others catch up for me yet again…. Once I got the bike up on a stand we saw the damage to the wheels, I had spare tyres, Stephen and Declan helped me out here, I didn’t have a clue really, old tyres thrown into the bin yippie! Another rest period taken up with issues and documentary duties, no sleep needed clearly hmmm, but the boys were going great guns making up time and places, it was dark and cold now too
My next session was at around 2AM but I had new tyres and felt great, wide awake in fact, first lap was better than last years best lap, and I got fast each time, pitch black racing circuit at night is a strange place to be, you know there is a lot of others racing yet at times your totally on your own, I really didn’t want to come off the bike, I kept pushing on until I got called from the garage “one more lap” it was almost 0330am I came in beaming from ear to ear, felt happy I had the bike sorted and made a coffee, still smiling the camera crew jumped on me, Johnny was a brilliant young gent, who made me feel at ease, they where filming and asked on film if I was willing to talk to them about my story, I looked at the clock, er yeah I guess, it’s just gone 330am I haven’t slept so why not, I gave one heck of a story to the guys filming bringing tears to the eyes of everyone awake in the garage, it wasn’t planned so I guess it went well, after this however I needed to get some rest now about 4am I could manage a quick hour, so I set alarm for 5, and oh boy did I crash out, what I didn’t really notice was the mist coming over Kent, when I woke up after that whole hour of sleep was a sea of mist blanket coverage and well under 100m of vision, my next stint was coming up fast, quick bite to eat and more coffee, of course check places and lap times, cheer on a few along the pits,