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Andy Shackel in action during a race

Ludgershall winter series circuit races

Whilst racing this early in the season isn’t something I would normally look to do, I have recently been tempted into riding several of the Ludgershall winter series circuit races. These races are held over 50 minutes around a military test track near Andover. The cold conditions and rutted circuit always make for interesting racing so I knew I wouldn’t be in for an easy day out.

The first race was one of the first of 2015 in the UK so most riders were fairly conservative, marking most efforts which didn’t allow any breakaways to last. This week I decided to use the Asterion Wheels Carbon Sport 24T Tubular Wheelset. These proved ideal for the repeated accelerations whilst being durable enough for the less than ideal road surface. After 50 minutes of racing it came down to a bunch kick where I went early and managed to hold on for the win.

Warmer temperatures

The second race of the year brought warmer temperatures and more riders keen to get an early start to their 2015 results sheet. This was a much more attacking race, with some stronger riders present in the bunch, I was able to slip away a few times before making a move stick with around 10 minutes to go.

Andy Shackel competing in a race in the UK

On the attack

This attack consisted of myself and two other riders. The combination of a slight hesitation in the bunch with some strong turns allowed us to gain a good gap coming into the last 3 laps of the race. One of my favourite characteristics of this circuit is the low trees that allow you to get out of sight quickly. Psychologically this makes it much easier to make progress as you know the remainder of the race can no longer see what they are chasing.

By this stage of the race I was definitely feeling the effects of my earlier efforts. I opted to leave my sprint until the last moment so that I could just sneak round to get the win by a few inches.

With two wins in the bag I’m really happy with how my winter training has set me up for the early season. From here I will look towards some longer early season road races where I will be hoping for better legs and better weather!

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Andy Shackel
Published on: 27 Feb 2015

Andy Shackel works in our customer service department and is one of our most knowledgeable cycle experts. When he's not helping customers, he's representing Team Wiggle in races and events all over the world.