So my last race of the season was the Paris-Tours Classic in France. I have since returned home to South Africa and just in time as well, we are just about to head in to full on summer here in South Africa while my friends in Europe are expecting snow anytime soon. For me, I prefer the sun so this is a good situation to be in (laughs). After my last race of the year I took off 3 weeks without doing any sort of real training, I only did a very little bit of swimming but nothing structured or all that important at this.

A DAY INSIDE TEAM MTN-QHUBEKA – TOUR DE SUISSE 2014 VIP package courtesy of World Bicycle Relief. Words by Philip Field. On the 21-22 June, I was provided the opportunity by World Bicycle Relief (WBR) to join Team MTN-Qhubeka, the first African Pro-Continental road cycling team, on the final day of the Tour de Suisse.The exclusive VIP experience would gain me unique access to the team, dinner the night before with Team Principle Douglas Ryder and the highlight – a seat in the team car alongside Director Sportif Manel Lacambra for the final race day. Excited didn’t even come close to my emotions! I met Kristina Jasiunaite, Managing Director.

We have had some questions about what type of food we eat during a stage race, so I thought I would start my blog with our menu here at 3 Days of Flanders. For breakfast we would have some bread with jam and cheese. That is not enough by itself on a long road stage so we also had an omelette and some oats. I think everybody knows that coffee is also a very important part of a cyclist’s breakfast, this we have every day. On the bike we have High5 as our nutritional partner and so we get some tasty drinks, bars and gels.

I left Lucca with lots of nerves and excitement on 17th of Feb on route to my first European race of the 2014 season, Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Del Sol. The tour started with a 7km prologue on a very interesting circuit with lots of action and corners. Not knowing what to expect I warmed up like always and gave it my all which I found out was 39 seconds off the winners time. After not having the greatest start, I went into the 189 KM stage 1 with plenty of motivation fuelled by our new director Manel Lacambra. The plan was to get into.

Hi All!! As Iʼm typing this Iʼm on my way to Pisa for Trofeo Laigueglia on Friday. I think it hasnʼt really sunk in yet that the season has officially started again. I guess with the busy travelling schedule coming up it wonʼt take long. We recently had our first 2014 European training camp in Mallorca. We spent 2 weeks in Iberostar Hotel close to Playa de Muro before the 4 one day races of Challenge Mallorca. We were greeted with perfect training weather, windy, but dry. We immediately got straight to business doing 3 day on 1 day off blocks of training. We made.

I now have two races under my belt now. The first was in Gabon. I went into the race sick so I didn’t have great form but I got stronger as the race went on and it was nice to be in the mix again and get that racing feeling in the legs. It’s exciting to be racing and attacking again. My second race was SA Champs where I again didn’t have great form. SA Champs was probably the hardest SA’s that I’ve done. The course was tough and the guys were strong and luckily the team could pull it off. I just tried to.

I’m sitting in my hotel room in Gabon with Adrien Niyonshuti. We’ve just finished our first race of the season, La Tropicale Amissa Bongo. I had a really good summer in South Africa and I could feel during the race that my preparation has been really good. The race went well for us. We didn’t achieve everything we set out, we would have liked to get better results but we tried everything we could and just need to learn from it. I’m happy with my condition so now we look forward. It was a good experience racing with guys like Linus Gerdemann and John-Lee Augustyn..