My name is Mathew Mitchell, 26 from Warwickshire, UK. Over the last few years I’ve got more and more into cycling, from the first innocent Sportive events to Audaxes, Go-Races and finally proper British Cycling racing.
I did my first Sportive in 2010, coming in the bottom 10% or so of a 100 mile event around Stratford upon Avon, the next event a mere 6 weeks later saw me end up in the bottom 30%, improvement!
2011 and 2012 were a sort of hiatus, still riding but not really with a purpose other than a couple of goes at the Dunwich Dynamo.
2013 was the first year of purposeful structured cycling. It started with signing up to the Parix-Roubaix Challenge and the training rides to prepare. Once this was completed I realised I found cycling on my own all the time a little bit boring and joined a local club (Stratford CC). The improvement of proper riding with decent riders has been obvious with a 5th in a Sportive in July, followed by the first ‘win’ in September.
The next step to try was racing but by September I’d pretty much missed the season so took a stab at some Go-Race events in Norfolk. In 3 races I finished 2nd, 3rd and 3rd, decided I was up to scratch and it was time for 4th Cat Racing in 2014!