Wednesday 6 February 2019

Perfs Countdown: Take 5 with Red Walters

Red Walters has stepped up from local club Sotonia CC to new UCI Continental outfit, Vitus Pro Cycling Powered by Brother UK. Red, along with Michael Mottram & Frederik Scheske will make the teams debut at Perfs, we put 5 quickfire questions to the 19 year old from Hampshire

Q How has your winter training been?
RD Winter's gone pretty well this year, especially with the new team, that's more than enough motivation to get me through it.

Q What is different your training this year to last year?
RD Compared to last year, I think it's gone pretty well. I started about a month earlier, and have had a good four pretty hard blocks compared to just two last year. Also done a huge amount of strength training. I've had to take the last 2 weeks fairly easy though to recover so hopefully I'll be going fairly well for Perfs .

Q What about your chances at Perfs?
RD Personally, I am pretty clueless as to how my form will be, especially as I haven't had a power meter since December, so It's hard to say. Assuming I'm feeling ok on the day I'd be pretty happy with a Top 5. I might get 10 minutes in and realize that is definitely off the cards, but there's no point aiming for 30th. Obviously equally happy if I helped Fred or Mikey get a result too!

Q How do you think the race will pan out, what are the best tactics?
RD Not really sure about tactics, I assume we'll see 6 canyon guys stretching it out on the climb. Having never actually raced Perfs fully before (Punctured first lap last year) I imagine it's super aggressive because it's so short, so I'd be surprised if the bunch came to the line together. Especially as there's a good three or so launch pads to get away even on the short finishing circuit

What will you have in your bidons?
RD My Bidons will probably have Ribena because I've got 2 bottles of the stuff at home. But I'm notoriously bad at drinking when It's cold, so I should probably ask what everyone else wants, as I always end up donating them mid race.

The Perf's Pedal Race will take place on Sunday 10th February 2019.Local Riders,Local Races will be supporting the 54th edition of the race allowing Mick Waite to offer a £250 first prize with prizes down to 15th place.

Perfs will cover five laps of the Portsdown Hill circuit starting from Southwick before turning off the circuit with 5K to go to finish at the top of Lodge Hill making a total distance of 74K.

The 46 mile race will once again be run over 5 laps of the Portsdown Hill circuit before switching to the Newtown circuit and the final at One Hundred Acre wood.* Race HQ will be at the D Day Memorial Hall, Priory Road, Southwick, Portsmouth, Hants, PO17 6ED, DEPART 11:00
Start: NEUTRALISED outside Race HQ at Southwick, proceed to RAB on B2177 (M). DENEUTRALISE take third exit onto B2177 direction Wickham. Continue on B2177 to Staple Cross Roads (M), where turn left START CIRCUIT To South Boarhunt. Across the small bridge, bear right towards Boarhunt Mill. Once past Manor Farm continue to climb then bear left. Continue the climb, then turn left (M) into Swivelton Lane. Continue to junction with Portsdown Hill Road, where left (M), continue along Portsdown Hill until RAB (M) to take 2nd exit onto the B2177 to descent the back of Portsdown Hill to RAB at Southwick take the 2nd exit to Staple Cross Roads. Complete 5 laps then turn right (M) onto unclassified road to Newtown proceed through Newtown Village to crossroads. Turn left (M) onto Hundred Acres Road. Proceed on climb to finish line.
Total Race Distance 46 miles or 74 Kms.
Lap distances : Portsdown Circuit 8.5 miles Newtown Circuit 3miles

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