Matt Moran

150bpm - that’s my heart rate on the start line of my first pro race

Posted by Matt Moran on Mar 20, 2012


Ian Richards Wattbike
If you want to know what it's like to stand on the start line of your first pro race then let Ian Richards give you the lowdown on his experience.

Ian told us: "One hundred and fifty beats per minute, that’s what my heart rate was standing on the start line of my first professional race. Rabobank, Christina Watches, Katusha and Leopard-Trek were just some of the teams that surrounded me at the start of this year’s Dorpenomloop Rucphen."

My heart rate has already risen just sitting here typing this at the though of rocking up to a start line with the likes of those teams.

Ian isn't new to racing in Holland but his first pro race saw a quieter than usual intro to the days events: "The first 100km of the race was surprisingly relaxed for Dutch racing. The occasional crash spiced things up but for the majority of the time there was just a small break in front of the huge 200 man peloton.  After the wind started to pick up, the peloton strung further apart into a long thin line of suffering riders."

What you really don't need in a situation like this is wind of any kind, especially a cross-wind; it often results in huge efforts being made just to stay in the front group and even bigger efforts to regain position if you lose contact.

Ian told us: "These crosswinds split the peloton multiple times and after some reorganisation the peloton finally came back together and 160km into the race with 40km to go it really kicked up into the big gears. I don’t think we dropped below 50km/h for the last hour. After fighting my way through the remaining 160 riders I managed to finish in a comfortable 58th place. Congratulations go to Giorgio Brambilla of Leopard Trek who took his first pro victory."

Just the 50km/h for the last hour eh?  Great work Ian on completing your first pro race and it being such a positive experience.  Seems like a good winter's training is paying off.

Ian left us with a teaser of more to come: "For my first 1.2 race I am extremely happy with myself and I hope to continue this form for the next few classics in my early season."

Looking forward to hearing more.

Further Reading:

Ian Richards end of season review


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