Sportive Season 2011
spare you the run down, as I've been doing these for quite some time
now. We've competed in sixty-six so far and hope to top out at
eighty-two by season end.
In the left panel you can see the years and the races in
which we've taken part displayed in
chronological order. On the right the events are broken down by
category with my beloved classics at the head of the list closely
followed by the UCI Golden Bike Series.
For 2011, after a brief sojourn in to Belgium,
we'll be traipsing all around France to compete in the Trophee Passion Championship
to see if I can improve on last years championship result.
In fact our objective this year is to finish as many events as we started, which
will make a change! Dianne broke a
collarbone in Belgium in the first race of the year but came
back with a win in her return event, the Marc
Gomez. As part of a strong men's team we even managed to grab
first place ourselves at the same event! Then it went downhill big
After a HUGE accident
on the descent of the Col du Granier in June's Lyon-Mont Blanc-Lyon
sportive, it took three months before I got
out again for the last race of the year the Jean Cyril Robin. It's
now seven months later and I'm still not right but don't think I'll get
any better, so it's time to get over it, work with what I've got and crack on.
Once again the season kicks off in Belgium, with a trip to
the glorious Flandrian Ardennes. It's the
Ename Classic on March 19th.
it's typical Spring Classic weather, hail, rain and wind, it doesn't get any better.
Let's hope for a less exciting start to the season than last year.
Once again it's our now traditional visit to the
La Coulainiase. It's relatively local, a great event and it's held
at lunchtime! We've had loads of successes over the past few
years with Dianne, Jo
and Susan all picking up top three places and trophies in
previous editions. The boys have come close, but no cigar.
Have to miss trying to finish at the Tro Bro Leon this
year, as we'll be in Calais for Les Six Bourgeois. The
first round of the Trophee Passion Championship. Short on details
at the moment as this will be the first running of the event.
Still, it's a race in France so it's got to be good. I
expect a load of Brits to turn up; should be a gas.
May sees another return to the
at Leves for round two of the Trophee. It's a great little
parcours on the edge of Chartres
and is fast and furious. Last year I managed to pick up a top ten
place; okay it was ninth! Time to see if it was a fluke or not.
Mid May sees a trip to Rennes to see another of Dianne's
ex-pro mates, Marc Gomez. We all picked up trophies last year so
it's time to return and defend our honour.
June starts with Trophee Passion round three, the
Roger Walkowiak in the Bourbonnnaise Mountains. Should be
a good warm up before we hit the double header that's
La Sisteronne. This is Lucien Aimar's and Stephen Roche's
multi-day sportive in the heart of Provence.
July used to be my month of rest and recuperation, not this year!
It starts with the
Coeur Bretagne which has the Tour in the same area at the same
weekend. We then pick up the Trophee again with the
Antonin Magne and finish off for a revisit of the
Pour La Paix, where I very nearly (I
didn't) beat Bernard Hinault a few years back.
With La Paix on the last day of July we now have five races in
five weeks; all Trophee events, how bizarre. First up is the
Pierre Chany, quickly followed by the
Etape Sanfloraine which I've been told by a few riders that have
done it before is the fastest they've ever raced. Should be
The month is rounded off with trips to the
Jean-Francoise Bernard and on the last weekend of the month, the
A quick visit home and we'll finish off, probably, with our end
of year traditional visit to St Nazaire and the
Jean Cyril Robin. It's such a good way to end a long
season. Great organisation, a fantastic circuit and excellent
Whatever you choose to do, or wherever you choose to do it,
(try something different this year) have a happy, safe and above all an enjoyable 2011 season.
See you on the road somewhere...