David Bollands 2016 season
Written by Velo Staff on 20th September 2016
Recently we spoke to David Bolland about his first season with the team and his experiences. It was David’s first year racing the premier calendar season and he learnt a lot. He is looking forward to taking another step up next road season.
Tell us about your season so far:
”I have found this season to have been a big roller coaster, with highs and lows. However the season has been a great datum to me as it shows my strengths and weaknesses, which I can work on through the off season.
What has it been like racing your first premier calendar season?
”Its a special opportunity to race a ‘prem’ and to race a full season is something else. As a junior rider I did not have the financial support to get me to the races in the national scene, so when I started racing for Neon Velo it was so good to have everything sorted. You realise how lucky you are to be there.”
What have you learnt?
”One of the key aspects of racing is learning from what you do wrong and correcting it. For me it was staying up right in the criteriums. My first two crits of the year I hit the deck- both were because I wasn’t confident enough to let the bike just glide through. So for a long time I was training on council estate streets which had tight high speed corners to build my confidence- part of some of the routines was deliberately clipping my pedals through a corner!!!”
What are you strengths?
”Well after this season I would say my strengths would be criterium racing and track racing. I got a top 20 in the Wales open criterium which was exciting! I also won the points race at the national hard track round held at Scunthorpe’s Quibell Park.
What has been your favourite race this season?
”Obviously I would say any races I’ve put my hands in the air…!!!! haha. However it has to be the Lincoln Grand Prix. It is a race that’s deep in my cycling roots as it is held by my former club Velo Club Lincoln. Plus 2 of my mentors have got top 10’s there- Frank Kelly and former winner Phil Thomas.”
What are your goals and ambitions for next season?
”My main target is to get myself to a physical and mental state of strength where I can help push Neon Velo and to be a main protagonist on the elite british racing season. Anything else would be a bonus for us all in the team.”