Introduction

Hi, I am Nathan Hardy, a first year junior from Bedfordshire riding for Tofauti – Everyone Active (http://tofautieveryoneactive.com/). I have to decided to start this blog as a means to give an insight into the training, thoughts and feelings of a young, aspiring athlete. Expect regular updates on what I’m up to on here, hope you will enjoy hearing more of what I have to say!

I started cycling competitively around the age of 8 years old, just in a few local league cyclo-cross and mountain bike races. At this point I was also playing football, cricket, and doing triathlon, athletics, and cross-country running, which I will cover in more depth another post. It was after this that I joined my first club, Cycle Club Ashwell, a welcoming club based in North East Hertfordshire. That winter, I started to love cyclo-cross, and was competing regularly in Central and Eastern cyclo-cross League races (whichever was closer!). I also had been enjoying riding the grass track at club sessions, and would begin racing on that the summer after.

Baby Nathan at the crease(holding the bat), probably feeling like Kevin Pietersen!

My first real race season was as a 2nd year u10, in 2014. I enjoyed some success in grass track racing, and a fair amount less in road. Over the following seasons, I gained speed on the road and country, leading me to my 2nd year u14 season in 2018, gaining some good results nationally in cyclo-cross, the best being a 12th place at Ipswich National Trophy, and doing better on the road, coming away with 6th overall in the National Youth Circuit Series, and a 3rd at the National Championships in Scarborough.

My proudest moment in an Ashwell jersey (right)

It was during the 2018 season when I switched clubs to Welwyn Wheelers, leaving a few of my old friends from CCA behind. This gave me new opportunities to really step my game up, and hopefully lead to bigger and better things.

In 2019, I achieved some strong results as a first year, regularly being in the top 30 of national series races, and had come close a couple of times to a top 10 result, one being 11th on the 3rd stage of the Isle of Man Youth Tour. Highlights included racing the Manchester 6 Day Youth Event, partnering with my good friend Anthony Morris of VC Londres.

Racing at Manchester 6 day 2019 (green shorts, salmon shirt)

I will cover 2020 in another post, as I feel this is dragging on slightly, but thank you for taking the time to read this.

Ciao for now,

Nathan

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