That Time I Rode In The Tour of Qatar...

That Time I Rode In The Tour of Qatar...

Posted on Monday 10th September 2018

Yep, madness. 2012. Tour of Qatar. Me in the peloton. Madness...

Up there with the biggest achievement in my career, finishing both the tours of Qatar and Oman back in 2012. I got a phone call from the owner of the RTS Racing Team asking me if I wanted to join. 

"Ah I kinda agreed to join another team."

"OK, well, we will race Qatar and Oman at the start of the year."

"...Give me a minute." I immediately called the manager of the 'other' team who was good enough to say 'go for it!', so I did.



A week later, with just about 9 weeks til the start in Doha, I broke my hand when a car hit me out on a training ride. I hid it from the manager by saying I was going back to England to train and instead I sat on my trainer, on the roof (complaining neighbours) of my apartment block in Taichung, with cushions strapped to the bars, and rode myself to near-oblivion over 3-5 hour days for days on end, until my fracture healed well enough for me to head out. 

'Days on end' was about 2 and a half weeks. I was never so strong and equally never so miserable. Amazing what fear will get to you doing...

Anyway, I went, I saw, I raced, I survived - just about. Phew, what a memory!

You can read the whole article of the first day here in PEZ Cycling News.

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