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Jon Gildea - June 2015

Posted on Tuesday 30th of June 2015.

Maniago and the Dolomites

I was lucky enough to represent GB at the World Cups In Italy & Switzerland in June. The Italians take their Para-Cycling very seriously since the racing driver Alex Zinardi lost both of his legs in a racing car accident and started hand-bike racing. He won gold in London which has really taken the sport to another level over there. Basically the whole town of Maniago that we were racing in was closed down for a few days and the local support was massive with crowds showing up to support in the 35 degree heat. I was happy to secure 7th place in both the time trial and road race in Italy which gained us some valuable points towards Rio qualification. We travelled from Italy to Switzerland to a very hilly Yverdon-les-Bain for round 2, again a very well organised event with closed roads and plenty of support for the racing. I was happy to secure 9th place in the time trail in Switzerland despite not being on my A game with being under the weather.

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The most special moments of the trip for me were seeing my team mates Adam Duggleby and Steve Bate (who also ride for SportGrub) medal at both Italy and Switzerland. Also getting to ride with my good friend David Smith MBE who is still recovering from an operation to remove a tumour from his neck at the end of 2014. Dave and I had a surreal afternoon practicing the time trial course in Italy, with the British Cycling Team car following us in the sun, riding over towards the dolomites.

With the help of Physiologist at British Cycling we were able to take some valuable data from my time trial performances over the two events and work out the power numbers I will likely need to hit to win in Rio. This was key when putting together my longer term progression targets and training going forward towards Rio.

Training tip

Keep a note of your resting heart rate every morning, a higher resting heart rate in the morning can be an indication that you aren’t 100% and you could be coming down with something. If you are lucky you can stay a step ahead of things like colds. It also gives you a good indication of when you are back to normal if you have been unwell, so you know when you can start getting back to normal training without setting yourself back further.