After months of planning, preparation, five-hour interval rides in the freezing cold and nailing the nutrition to ultra-precise proportions, James MacDonald was ready to set a new indoor record for 100 miles. But as soon as he rolled out on to the Lee Valley Velodrome, he knew it wasn’t going to happen. 

“I said to my wife straight afterwards, it was one of those days that if I was in training I would have turned around after 20 minutes and gone home,” the Scot tells Cycling Weekly.

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