The cyclo-cross rider’s beat can be a lonely one. High summer finds him preparing for a season yet to begin, while his road compadres are in mid-season form. No matter. Ian Field (Hargroves-Ridley RT) has a solution: mix the solo miles with some of the UK’s biggest road races.
Blessed with the fitness and ability to join the peloton at, say, the RideLondon-Surrey Classic, Field finds that his legs and lungs, honed by flat stick cyclo-cross efforts, are more than adequate for a training exercise shared, unwittingly, by WorldTour pros.
“I do the big races almost as training,” Field confides. “Instead of getting in long hours on my own, like a roadie would in the winter, I have the opportunity to do a bike race and get towed around for the first 120km and then press on for the last 80km.
“It’s pretty easy to cross over from ’cross to road, because the fitness is there and the bike handling is there. To a certain extent it’s easier to do that than to hurt yourself in training.
“Rather than watch the watts on the Garmin for five hours, I’d rather get involved in a race and have people stick it to me and try to match them.”