Alex Frame is back for part 2 of the Hammer Stavanger event in Norway; his first race in Norway of the week. He was due to race the Tour des Fjords but sadly sickness prevented him from taking to the start. He is ready to get stuck into today’s sprint stage in the Hammer Series, and caught up with Aaron S. Lee beforehand.
A-Frame was due to take to the start line for Tour des Fjords with Trek-Segafredo, but sadly setback forced him out. “I got super sick over the weekend before and just had to do a last minute pull out,” Frame told Lee. “I had a few days off, I was bedridden for a couple of days and then slowly came right. We’ve got good team doctors that help you out with that sort of stuff. They got me right, got me up here, and hopefully I’m all good and ready to go.”
It’s clear from the way that the likes of Aaron Gate, Shane Archbold and Alex Frame talk about the Hammer Series that it’s a one-of-a-kind event unlike anything that you’re likely to encounter elsewhere. It’s a hard race to prepare for with the intensity set to go through the roof. “You’ve just got to go all in,” Alex said. “It’s new to pretty much everyone. It’s going to be short, it’s going to be fast and you’ve just got to go all in.”
“A 50km team time trial is going to be something else, but everyone’s just got to commit.”
What kind of race will you find at the Hammer Series though? Alex gave a little insight into what sort of thing the riders will be experiencing over the three days. “A couple of the guys are building up for the Tour and they’re doing a lot of endurance stuff, and they’re coming here and it’s really decent interval days and seriously good training. It’s one of those events where you do a small little race like this and you don’t even realise it but you knock out power records all over the show.”
This is set to be one of the final times we see Frame on the start line for a competitive race for a few weeks as he gets set for a break before hitting the latter half of the season hard around the races in China and Asia. But for now it’s head down and get stuck in to stage 2 of Hammer Stavanger.