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As I write this I am in the middle of a 14 day stretch of work which consists of 136 hours, add to this the 36.5 hours of training which is scheduled and you can begin to get an appreciation of the situation I find myself in. In order to become the best I need to be in a position where I can reduce my working hours to dedicate to training and racing, whilst still affording the best equipment.
I am currently 7th in the UCI (Governing Body, Union Cycliste Internationale) Track World rankings and self funded, now I need all the help I can to take me to the next stage and have a shot at Worlds in March and compete for a full-time spot on the GB program.
Below is my story
Background: This is my story so far and how I ended up as a Para Cyclist.
Originally, I started out playing rugby and by the age of 15 I was representing two counties, Hertfordshire and Middlesex. For me rugby was life, I played and trained up to 6 times a week for school, club and county. During this time, I hyper extended my knee on tour in Ireland followed by three further dislocations that year. After an MRI and an initial knee arthroscopy I was referred to a specialist. It was this specialist that gave me hope. I was told I would be back to full health and playing rugby again after I had been operated on and undergone rehab. In January, just after my 16th birthday I was admitted for an operation on my knee, a full reconstruction of the ACL, PCL, medial meniscus and medial collateral. Whilst operating on the PCL the drill slipped and severed my popliteal artery. I was in theatre for 8 hours and required 2 blood transfusions. I woke up in serious amounts of pain, as far as I was concerned this was normal as I had not been informed of the complications that had occurred. With trauma of this nature it is usually a wise precaution to perform what is known as a fasciotomy, to minimise the risk of the patient developing compartment syndrome. I however, was left without this procedure and developed compartment syndrome resulting in nerve damage to my right lower leg. Movement in my ankle is limited and I am not able to mobilise the foot through its intended range of motion.
I spent 9 weeks in hospital and almost a year in a wheelchair. I have undergone just shy of 20 operations on my leg to get it to the point it is at now, including second a full reconstruction of the knee.
After redirecting my efforts into skiing, I spent a brief period training with the British Para Ski team only to be failed at an international classification. It was like my sporting career was over, deep down I felt like a wasted talent that was never given a chance and was now unable to compete at the highest level. Having already booked time off in anticipation of attending training with the British ski team, I signed onto a 3month ski instructor course in Canada. On my return, I had to face the reality that I was back to square one and get back to work.
I signed up to do a track accreditation at the London Olympic Velodrome. It was here that I met Andy Pink. I mentioned I had been working as a Broadcast Engineer at the Olympic's in Rio, he had also returned from Rio and transpired to be one of the GB Para Cycling coaches. He mentioned that there was a ‘TrackToTokyo’ campaign running with British Cycling and I should attend a talent ID. I already knew I was classifiable for cycling because I had visited British Cycling just before I started Skiing with GB.
My First Talent ID was on the 12th of November 2016. Only eight weeks later, in January 2017, I raced in Track Nationals and finished 6th in the Kilometre Time Trial. Shortly after this I was assigned a coach, Andy Pink, the very same person who I had met at the beginning at the London Velodrome. Since then I have spent hundreds of hours training in the gym, on the road, abroad and in the UK as well as attended countless camps with the GB para foundation.
Almost a year on from when I was initially scouted I raced at my first international track event in November 2017, and came away with three medals. Silver in the Kilometre Time Trial, second only to the reigning world champion; a silver in the Team Sprint, second to the reigning Paralympic champions; and bronze in the 4km Individual Pursuit again sharing the podium with a world champion.
I set myself a target of 1:07 for the Kilo months before the event in Manchester, with a previous PB of 1:15 it raised eyebrows. On the day I went faster with a 1:06, There are many easy adjustments to be done and improvements to be made that will significantly impact on my current time, it is an exciting position to be in.
One thing that drives me more than anything else is when someone doubts me or tells me that I can’t do something. I now have to produce faster times at Track Nationals at the end of January 2018 and hopefully put myself in a position for Track World Champs selection in March, I am currently working tirelessly to wipe some smiles from the doubters. I said I will be a World Champion within 24 months back in March of this year, and I will not relent until I am in rainbow stripes and Paralympic champion.
Finance and Sponsorship
All of the above has come at a steep financial price. I work as a self-employed broadcast engineer to fund myself doing 12-hour day and night shifts whilst trying to compete on the international stage. I'm sure I haven't covered everything but here is a rough estimate as to how much I have spent to get myself in to the position that I am currently in:
Bike package Dolan DF4 with Mavic wheels £6,000.00
Canyon Aeroad £4,499
Canyon training bike £1,800.00
Power meters Garmin vector 2 £550.00
Walker brother wheels £1,535.00
4 x Vittoria tyres £340
Skin suit £389
Bont race shoes £200.00
Chain rings 49/50/51/52/53/54 £120 each £720
Velodrome bike storage £365.00
Cycling shoes £250
Training track wheels £280
Travel / camps £600.00
Bike fits x3 £600
Indoor Turbo Trainer £300
Below is a rough breakdown of what I will require for the coming year, in priority order. The most important of these being the SRM track power meter and wind tunnel testing to gain valuable data that can seriously improve my performance. Having the budget for the below means I can dedicate more time to training and less time to working which is one of my main problems at the moment.
Track SRM power meter £2,701.30
Wind tunnel 560 hr £560
Aero bars from USE with stem £1,600
Argon Electron Pro £4,399.00
Made to measure skin suit £389
Training wheel for turbo trainer / direct drive turbo £600
Physio / osteo sessions £2,500
Track pump capable 220 psi £300
Gym Membership / Strength coach £1960
Maintenance budget £1,000
Nutrition budget £1,500
Travel budget * £6,000.00
WattShop Aero testing £499.00
*Last year travel fees were significantly less because I was unable to afford to supplement getting myself to training camps and races abroad. I would ideally like to compete in the world cup TT and Road Races throughout Europe.
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Dec 13, 2017
spin to win !
Dec 12, 2017
Amazing story my man. Good luck to you. Delighted to have you as an honorary member of Mybikeandi.
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Dec 7, 2017
You dirty pig of a man. This should cover a few ice packs for the black eyes...
Dec 7, 2017
Best of luck with this Blaine. Go be a World Champion!!