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Ian Field Blog: End of Season Review


Welcome back to the Ian Field Blog. Here’s the season in a sentence; 33 races done, 500 UCI points scored, One British Title Won. Sat here now it feels like it was a long season, which left me both physically and mentally drained but on the other hand it doesn’t seem all that long ago I was sat at the top of a French mountain at the end of 2 week training camp itching to get on the plane to America to start racing another Cross season.

That two week training camp really set me up well for the first half of the season, I got off to a flying start in the U.S picking up the much needed UCI points and maybe more importantly I picked up the craft of being able to win a bike race again.

I managed to win two UCI races while there and also a mid- week night cross, my worst result was actually one of my best a 3rd place in the higher category C1 race at the final weekend in Gloucester bagged me a load of points for the return to Europe but in the process I raced with strong legs and confidence in high quality international field.

On returning to Europe it was a bit like back to reality for me and straight in at the deep end with the first round of the Superprestige series. In hindsight I actually did a pretty good ride here all things considered but at the time I was really disappointed with 22nd position.

I was always expecting to struggle with the first few races as jet lag and a bit of fatigue from the training I was doing to make to make sure I carried form further into the season this year held me back slightly. However by the Second round of the World Cup series in the Czech Republic I was starting to feel good and should have bagged myself a top 25 position but I lacked that killer instinct when I needed it.

A goal of mine most years is the Koppenberg Cross, it’s close to my house in Belgium and on the right day the course suits me down to the ground, ever since I first rode it 3 seasons ago now I have always thought I could do well here. It’s one of the toughest Crosses on the calendar and involves a good amount of climbing plus technical skills are needed for the infamous zigzag descent.

This season’s conditions were perfect for me, fast but a little slippy to make it a bit more technical on the descent. I had built it up in my head and was ready come race day. It was one of those days where it fel