TriGrandPrix – Kent

June 2nd, 2010 by

Picture says it all... 1st place at the inaugural TGP event in Kent

On Sunday I took on a world class field at Leybourne Lakes, Kent at the TriGrandPrix and crossed the line as the winner, the reality of which is still sinking in if I am honest. – It was the goal, but to actually tick the box is always tricky. I believe as I spoke to Jose – who hosted such an ambitious and exciting new event – at the finish, I commented on it being “a good day to have a good day” … I couldn’t agree with myself more!

Riding my new Trek Sped Concept to a 3minute lead off the bike

I was relatively concerned going into the race about the travel still lurking from my flying visit to LA and back the weekend previous … jet lag can be a funny thing and I didn’t really know how the body would fire untill the get-go. I shouldn’t have worried – I felt rested and relaxed by Saturday once we had arrived and as soon as I got going on the bike there was no looking back. It was a challenging and tough bike course – just as I like them and within the opening 15 miles I had managed to create a substantial gap on the boys behind. At the dead turn around that point I got a proper look at my advantage and had a wry smile when I saw the damage to Timo Bracht in 2nd … I knew the Speed Concept was flying and throughout the remainder of the ride I continued to feel under control.

I have been working patiently on my run since returning from St Croix in early May and I knew things should be ok when I was told the differnence was around 3 minutes … I kept working hard and stayed focused on the task at hand so that the gap stayed more or less constant.

Winning is a fantastic feeling, and I excited about the season unfolding ahead of me. – The domestic season rolls on – in less than 3 weeks I have Ironman UK 70.3 and then the Ironman 6 weeks further on.

Big thanks to everyone involved in the event on Sunday – to Jose in particular for looking after us whilst down there – and good luck with the next event in the series over in Spain in 10days or so.

Thanks also to Iain at ImacImages for the photo’s above.