Q&A: Ben Turner (World Cup 2nd)

Second in the World CX Cup Hoogerheide was GB’s Ben Turner who chats about his race to VeloUK

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Q&A: Ben Turner (World Cup 2nd)
Second in the World CX Cup Hoogerheide (Junior Men) was GB’s Ben Turner who chats about his race to VeloUK

“The ride was up amongst the best this season” Ben explains, adding “I had some other good results but this was very special. A World Cup podium was something I wanted to do all season and I knew it was my last chance at Hoogerheide so I went all in and it payed off.”

Talking about the frozen course, Ben says “the course was fast due to the cold temperatures which made it completely different from previous years. The course was really fast and slippery especially on the corners where it was like a polished surface which made for interesting racing! But I found it to be a good and testing course”.

Asked to describe his race, Ben replied “I really didn’t have the best start and was around 30th at the first turn but I moved up and at the end of the second lap was at the front with the Belgians. Around the 4th lap, Tom attacked and I followed him and we got a gap.”

“After being away with Tom for a lap and a half, I made a few mistakes which gave him a gap of around 10 metres and the gap then stayed the same till the finish.”

Ben went on to say that since the British Championships in Peel Park, he’s not raced. “I’ve been training more frequently and putting higher intensity work in on the bike to make sure I was ready for my big goals which were Hoogerheide and the Worlds.”
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Such a huge result is a big boost mentally before the World Championships says Ben. “I had a good feeling during the World Cup and had been training quite hard up to it. So with rest this week, hopefully my form will improve at the Worlds gaining another good result”.

“I will keep the week quite light with lots of time with my feet up. One effort to keep my heart rate used to the intensity and have a course practice/ pre race ride on Friday.”

Finally, Ben then explained he’s been working with Trainsharp since September when he moved to HMT with JLT Condor junior team. “They asked then about goals in the cross season, what races I was planning to do and from there, they sorted a plan out for the season”.

“The company is very professional and helps in planning a successful season. A typical mid season week would consist of two rest days, longer efforts on the Tuesday and Thursday and a higher intensity effort on the Wednesday. The weekend would depend on racing but would normally be a pre race ride and then race”.

Good luck to Ben in the Worlds at the weekend.




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