At 7.30am (far too early in the morning!) last Saturday I lined up on the start of the 22nd Dolomiti Superbike, which is a brutal race in the truly spectacular Italian Dolomites. It's a very special race for me because in 2008 it was the World Championships and my first ever international race - a baptism of fire! - where I finished 28th. Returning as the current European Marathon Champion and Vice World Marathon Champion to take my 4th victory was magical. The race and region, South Tirol, remind me of where my journey started and how far I've progressed in my 8-year cycling career. After 119km with 3800m of vertical ascent and 5 hours and 33 minutes in the saddle I had goose bumps when I realised that I had just become a 4x winner of the race which first captured my heart, inspired my passion for this sport and sparked my love of the mountains.
Next up is the Bike Transalp: 7 days racing across the Alps (520km with 17,750m of vertical ascent) with Ben Thomas where we'll be looking to repeat our 2014 win in the mixed category. Follow us on my Facebook page or Twitter!
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