Team rider Hayden enjoyed an incredible second season of racing, taking numerous national level victories and gaining his 1st category license before summer. Unfortunately illness and some time off took its toll on the second half of his season but some hard training ensured a strong finish to the season. Hayden is putting in the hours and has big plans for 2019, here is his take on 2018:
Following a winter of well-structured training, my first season with THRE Datawolves started in early March when I raced with teammate Ryan at the Pimbo world champs. A good race to get a feel for fast bunch riding again.
The early season proved fruitful in 2018, with great results in National B and Regional A races throughout April and May. Without a doubt winning the BUCS road race was the highlight of my whole season. I raced aggressively all day and broke away for a solo victory. Leading the Datawolves to a 1-2, with Ryan winning the bunch kick at the East Lancs Road Club race was also a great moment for the team.
In the first half of the season I also dabbled with time trialling after picking up a TT bike in the off season. The set-up was far from optimal, but I filled some empty weekends with a mixture of 10 and 25-mile TTs. I managed to podium in all the open TTs I entered and narrowly missed out on a 25 win by 2 seconds. In that event I thought I was actually doing well so sat up for a drink halfway through. A mistake I won’t be making for the coming 2019 season. I have put a lot of time into the TT set up this off season and will be taking the open TT scene seriously, competing consistently throughout the year.
Following a mid-season break and some illness, there’s not much to say about the second half of the season. I wrapped up my 1st category licence prior to my break so that was a nice goal to have ticked off. I attempted some Nat B races in July and early August, but the legs weren’t quite there. Fortunately, things picked up beginning with 12th at the Yorkshire Regional Championships, a sign the form was on the way back. Indeed, in all of the races following I felt great. An untimely puncture and a crash at the Ponteland GP scuppered my chances of a further two Nat B top 10s after making the winning break in both races. Sandwiched between those disappoints I raced to 7th back in my home county of Somerset at the Tri UK road race. The final weekend of my race season was at the Leicester Forest CC RR and the Nateby classic where I picked up 3rd and 10th respectively. All in all, a good 2nd season of racing but plenty of room for improvement.
I’d like to thank Grahame and Gary for their support throughout 2018 and their continued supported into 2019. I look forward to representing the THRE Datawolves again! The winter training is currently going very well and I feel the legs will be ready for the season to kick off in March.