Hi again, I’ve finally found time this week to update my blog after a hectic couple of weeks that has even seen me try my hand at a new sport.

 

Well, technically, although I was taking part in a triathlon last weekend, it wasn’t that big a career change as I was just drafted in by my friends at PedalSure to ride the bike leg of an event that was raising funds for a really good cause.

 

Bloodwise, a charity that raises funds to combat blood cancers like leukaemia, were the beneficiaries from the Blenheim Palace Triathlon and I was delighted to be able to help a little bit.

 

I was asked to take part in the mixed sprint team relay and I think I won the bike leg while Alex from PedalSure did well in the running section so we came fourth overall but, more importantly, I believe they raised around £300,000 for the charity which is fantastic.

 

As you may know, I have done a lot of work with the British Heart Foundation and one of my best mates, Alex Dowsett, has his own charity - “Little Bleeders” - because he suffers from haemophilia, so it’s always nice to help out where we can, especially when the fund raising involves sport.

 

PedalSure do a lot of good work in that area and for all my readers, PedalSure are offering the chance to win a £2,500 road bike and all you need to do to enter is take a quote out on their site, if you use this link it will also give you 10% discount; www.pedalsure.com/10percent

 

I’m in the thick of the road race season with Team WIGGINS right now and this Saturday sees one of the most enjoyable domestic occasions of the year when we take part in the London Nocturne.

 

I’ll be doing a spin class in the morning with my friends from Rapha, who sponsor the event, and I notice from social media that the guys at WIGGINS and JLT Condor have been stoking up our rivalry ahead of the racing.

 

Obviously, we had a strong rivalry on the track last winter as well, in the Revolution Series, and in case you missed it, I must direct you to a video of me and my good mate Ed Clancy, from JLT, doing a promo’ for next winter’s Rev. 

 

It involved a race to see who could build a Lego model the quickest and, while modesty forbids me from going into too much detail, I urge you to watch the clip to see who wins!

 

We’ve had a couple of enjoyable races since I came off the track to concentrate on the road. First, there was the Lincoln GP, where I came in 13th. 

 

I was quite chuffed with that because it came off only about seven days road training and I only just missed the final move with a couple of laps to go, otherwise I might have been up there with Ian Bibby and the others at the end.

 

Then we headed over to Ireland for the stage race, the Ras, which as usual was manic, uncontrolled, exciting and a lot of fun. One stage of about 180km, was run off at an average of nearly 50kph so it was pretty crazy at times.

 

But my legs felt good and I was going well in the lead outs we tried to put together for Chris Latham, our sprinter, and more importantly I stayed healthy afterwards.

 

Hopefully, that’s a good omen for the rest of the summer … I’ll keep you informed.

 

Until then, take care.

 

Andy