How To Win A National Championship

How To Win A National Championship

Posted on Monday 8th July 2019

CPCS rider Peter Williamson took off from the gun to stay clear and solo to victory in the Veteran's Singapore National Road Race Champs!

"Now, whatever you do Peter, keep the wind off your chest as much as you can and don't give away your advantage. We know you're strong but if you do as you've done in other races, using up too much energy early on, you'll lose it."

Such was my advice to my Crank Punk Coaching Systems rider, Peter Williamson, ahead of last Sunday's Singapore National Championship road race.

Peter's reply?

"Yup got it coach, the penny's finally dropped."

And what happened? Peter decided to take off solo after 300m of the 85km, treeless, sun-soaked heat-trap of a route on Batam Island and proceeded to put 7 minutes into the chasers, winning clear and alone, like the hard nut madman he is...


Here's some post-race reflections on Peter's ride from his team-mate Steven Wong:

" the end of the first lap Pete had over a minute on the rest of us and after that, he disappeared from view altogether. By the time he'd finished, his lead on the peloton was over seven minutes.

"The audacity and sheer confidence - perhaps madness? - of attacking right from the start and staying well ahead of a 25-strong peloton - despite repeated attempts to catch him - is something I've not seen in 10 years of racing. It was a truly remarkable performance. Chapeau Pete...all those crazy training hours have really paid off!"

Peter recently took part in the Dirty Kanza gravel ride and we did indeed up his kilometers to get him through that beast of a race - and there's no doubt one's form benefits from a block of long training like that - but generally, due to Peter having a full-time job, I've not had him doing more than 12-15 hrs a week for some time. We do have a very good working relationship, he stays in touch with me weekly via our Skype call, and he leaves well detailed comments on Training Peaks after his rides. 

This is invaluable to a coach in that it allows us, me in this case, to micro-manage the rider's week, adding rest or harder efforts as and when required. What's good about Peter as a client is that he's really learnt how to listen to the signals from his body and as a result has become more intuitive in his training, knowing himself when to back off of when to push that little bit harder. 

Peter's approach to training is great, he follows the plans very well, however, as you can gauge from his recent victory, that diligence goes out the window on race day! Joking aside, I have a great deal of respect for Peter's style of racing because that was how I used to race when I was a junior and when I first took up racing again when I was 36. These kind of victories don't come off often, the effort hurts like hell but when they do work, man, that feeling is the best on two wheels! 

So, to Peter, chapeau indeed! Onwards and upwards..! 

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