My name is Chris Latham, I’m 22 years old from Bolton and a cyclist for Team Wiggins and the Great Britain Team. In 2014, after being knocked off my bike by a drunken motorist, I was lucky enough to gain sponsorship with Orega who provided me with a car to travel safely to training. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be keeping you up-to-date on what I’ve been up to, the highs/lows and my inspirations on my Road to Rio.
In early March I was selected to ride as part of the Great Britain team for the World Track Championships in London at the Olympic Velodrome. I was among some great athletes including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. I took part in 'the scratch race', which consisted of 60 laps of the track, with the first rider over the line taking the win. Having lapped the field early on in the race, I put myself in a good position but it wasn't meant to be this time, being in GB colours you are heavily marked so I finished 9th.
Off the back of the championships I had to go back home to have an operation to remove my tonsils. After years of having trouble with them the decision was made to take them out. The timing wasn't great but it had to be done. The operation wiped me out for a good few weeks and unlike me, I struggled to eat for once. Having not fully recovered I was straight off to Tenerife the following week, for a two-week altitude training camp at the top of Mt. Teide. The intentions of this camp was to regain the strength and fitness which I had lost post operation to get me back on track for my Olympic Games campaign.
My next event was the Under 23 one day Nation Cups in Holland and Belgium. Six riders from each nation are selected to compete in a road race. Struggling with fitness I used the races as a tool to gain strength and improve stamina, again for my Rio campaign. Having flown back to England in between the races to train I was pleased with my performance.
In the near future I will be racing for Team Wiggins, in the “Tour de Yorkshire”, a 3-day stage race through Yorkshire's beautiful landscape. From here I fly to California to train at “Big Bear Lake” another altitude camp, then onto the “Tour of California” - one of the biggest races on the World Tour calendar. Previous winners of this epic race, my now team mate, Bradley Wiggins – no pressure!
Until next time!
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