British Duathlon Champs

Posted on: April 3, 2018

After spending the morning stood up at Montacute farmers market selling fudge to raise money for my trip to Malawi, my dad and I loaded up the car with what the felt like the entire contents of my room and bike shed, and hit the road…

One toilet stop and over 3 hours later we arrived at our accommodation for the night, just outside of Bedford. Not fancying a Holiday Express dinner we ventured out into Bedford in search of some food. Eventually we managed to find a Zi Zis. I carb loaded on some tortellini and then headed back to the hotel for an early night!

Waking up in the morning I was feeling great! Apart from that my poor bike had to spend the night in the car because according to my dad hotels don’t allow them in rooms!

Fuelled on a combination of muesli and granola we checked out and packed our bags back into the car. Whilst checking out I heard the familiar noise of a very expensive free hub and was gutted to discover that the rule against no Bikes in rooms was a complete lie made up by my dad!

When we managed to find our way to Bedford Autodrome we were immediately over come with bike and van envy. Putting our envy behind us we began the long 5 hour count down too race time.

When race time came I found my self a spot at the back of the start line and checked out my 6-7ft competition. When the hooter went I was swamped by the mass of GBR suits and sprinted off, just hanging on to the back. When the initial surge calmed down I gradually made my way up through the field and entered T1 at the end of the 2.5k run around the middle of the group. With a smooth transition I hopped on my bike and sprinted off onto the race track. With a few opportunities for group riding I made my way round the 2 lap 10k bike course with slightly less effort than normal. After falling a few positions on the bike going out of T2 I had a job to do! I made my way round the 1.5k run, picking off some of the bigger, biker, boys as I went. I entered the finishing chute with about four other boys but managed to beat all of them in a close sprint to the line!

Completely over the moon with my joint 50th in my first ever year as a youth at the British champs. We headed home on my 3 hour journey home feeling very glad that I went and experienced top class racing and watched the likes of Adam Bowden and gathered plenty of inspiration for future kit and component purchases.

Thank you for reading and well done to anyone one who raced or helped out at Yeovil half or any other races over the past weekend!

Archie