The season of 2017 started with positive vibes. I was extremely dedicated and trained hard all through winter.
My progression was measured by regular testing with my coach. By February I was counting down the days until I moved to Belgium where I would undertake my first season of racing on the Continent.
Submitted by Joe Sutton
Prior to leaving for my new home, I discussed a handful of targets to aim for during the season. This really motivated me to knuckle down and complete the last few weeks training.
With everything packed I headed for Belgium on the 12th of March. I couldn’t wait to get stuck in!
Belgium had refrained from it’s stereotypical rain and wind when I arrived in Zottegem on the 12th. It was a lovely day to settle in for my seven month stay.
After I unpacked, my team-mate and fellow Dave Rayner Funded rider Ben Foames went for a short spin to loosen the legs after the journey. We discussed our first continental race of the season, Merelbeke Kwenenbos. Belgium had dropped me into the deep end of the kermis scene!