New Zealander Shane Archbold, who is one of the top favourites for the Omnium on the London 2012 Olympics races with Marco Polo Cycling Donckers Koffie on the road as preparation towards his hopefully golden event in London. Here is a personal message from Shane to the team and it's followers:
With a busy two months coming to an end I thought it was time to update you
all on my whereabouts and hopefully my road to gold.
I have been living in Blauberg (Belgium) two months now and have seen many
roads around Europe with plenty of racing and training taking place. It all
started back in May with two back to back tours in Belgium and Luxemburg.
These tours were really hard mentally. I went in there knowing they would
be hard but they were a lot harder than I expected. I struggled day in day
out for 8days with no good days. This is what happens when you come
straight off the track with no road base.
It was good to get these tours under my belt and push myself to finish
them, especially as they were quite hilly. One day up and down all day
totally 3300m climbing in 160km. After the tour in Luxemburg was finished
it was into vans with one day off to travel down to Switzerland. Then It
was straight into a track training camp which went really well, in two days
I had recovered from the tour and bounced back nicely.
After the track training was complete in Switzerland it was back up to
Belgium for a recovery week of easy riding and resting. I came off this
resting very well. My first race back netted me winning our local Kermese
here in Herselt. It’s the first time I have been able to do our local race
so I was stoked to get the win in the bag after coming here four years in a
Since having my easy week it has been full on back into training and boy
there has been lots of it. I have raced one race in the French alps, Tour
de pays savioe. Had a good start to this tour with 4th in the prologue
which I was really happy about. Tour didn't go well when the roads went
upwards though. I crashed and had to pull the pin. Since racing in France I
have had 2 more track training camps one in Aigle, Switzerland and the
other in Gent, Belgium. Training seems to be going very good and I am happy
with how I am going.
It is now 5 weeks until I compete in the omnium at the 2012 London
Olympics. I am very excited at the chance to represent New Zealand at my
first Olympics - it going to be a great time. Due to my busy schedule
committing to the track and my childhood goal, it has been hard for me to
find time to race for my team Marco Polo. It’s actually been quiet annoying
not being able to compete for them in many races. I look forward to post
Olympics where I can turn my focus back from the track to the road and
hopefully get some good racing in for Marco Polo.
Until my next update,
Marco Polo Cycling Donckers Koffie
Shane Archbold racing on the road for Marco Polo Cycling Donckers Koffie