A junior clubmate of mine is heading out to Belgium in a week to do a Junior Stage race near Liege, followed by the Junior Isle of Man Tour. Both races incorporate prologue TTs and he was looking to borrow time trial kit – a helmet and some wheels. I took the opportunity to find out some more information from him about the trip, so I can share it in a blog post. TT helmets are easy to come by but the wheels could be a big ask, anyway you never know.
Zipp 808s S-Works by Toronto Rob, on Flickr
Jack is doing the “Ster van Zuid-Limberg“, a 4-day stage race from 22nd to 25th April, as part of a Scottish Junior team. The route starts with a 5km prologue, followed by 3 road stages that start out flat and get hillier.
Jack tells me there will be quite a few big teams out there– the American National Team, Avia Cycling Team (Quickstep feeder) and a Junior Vacansoleil Team. Full start sheet is on the website – my knowledge is too limited to identify any key names but there are lots of Belgians and they’re sure to be hard!
169. Jack Barrett
170. Taylor Johnstone
171. Grant Ferguson
172. Stuart McCluskey
173. Ryan Fenwick
174. Scott Lindsay
I asked Jack about wider ambitions for 2011 and he agreed that progressing at a steady rate, getting better with every race was the general objective at this early stage in his career but target wise, the Belgian and Isle of Man stage races are big aims: a climax to the early season. After that he’ll be easing back during May to be ready for the rest of the year, which will be long – the big goal is to peak for the Youth Commonwealth Games in September. The middle section of the year includes 6 weeks of racing in Spain in June-July. It’s an exciting programme and I’ll try to cover a bit more of Jack’s season.
Jack has developed a lot recently with the guidance of a coach who has helped him with race tactics, training and planning my year (including setting up the Spain trip), not to mention helping him with a bike – a Specialized S-Works.