Thanks to the grant I received from from the Jeremy Willson Charitable Trust I’ve been able to order in a few bits of essential kit ready for my imminent races. It’s always nice to receive parcels in the post, especially when everything fits!
I liked the look of the Northwave Extreme shoes. I’ve had my eye on these for a while and they fit like a glove. I normally wear the Lake top-end shoe but the prices are crazy, and after reading reviews on the Northwave, a similar top-end shoe, and considering the massively reduced price of last year’s model, I decided to go for these.
I also received a new stages power meter after using my trusted Powertap wheel for the last few months. I went for the Stages 105 which was way cheaper than the Ultegra, and fits on the Ultegra crank no problem. There’s hardly any difference between the 105 and Ultegra stages except for a couple of grams in weight, and a big difference in price.
The rest of the kit is bike parts and accessories, with some new compression tops which are welcome with the hard weather training I’ve been doing recently in Cornwall. Ultegra calipers, cassettes and chains, Dura Ace jockey wheels, Jagwire Race Pro cables, Swissstop Pro green pads, some new Ultegra hoods, Continental GP 400s II tyres, Continental Race tubes, Northwave race mitts, Planet X wind gloves, Selcof carbon seat post, Ultegra front Mech, and some new race shades.
We’ve just had a huge storm pass over the South West, storm Imogen, with 70mph winds and a few trees blown over. I couldn’t let it interrupt my training though, especially as my first races are fast approaching. On Tuesday I had to do a long training ride, but I also had a full day’s work of labouring on a building site, so I went to bed at 8pm, woke up at 2am and went out on a ride until 7am. I just had enough time for a big breakfast before going to work at 7.30am!
My new race bike will be built up soon, then it will be time to pack it up and hike it off to Madrid. In the meantime, in-between training I’ve been relaxing outdoors, taking in a few easy walks, taking in the scenery, and top notch coffee and cake at Gurnards Head up Zennor with the folks.