In his final blog on Cycling Weekly before the race, v50 Siom Scarsbrook sees a common problem – trying to balance being a top level refined, honed, pro athlete, and getting on with life and it’s dull ‘normal’ stuff.

It is always something I struggle to maintain enough of. When, sometime around the late 1980’s, I worked out that I wasn’t going to be the next Fignon/Kelly/Ovett/Coe, that gentle balance of Family/work/racing began, mostly and rightly in that order, although sometimes all three at the same time! 

Rest & recovery though, I have found harder as I have got older, and my worries about still being competitive in the 3 Peaks is why I have dithered this year. It is a race, and should be treated as such.

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