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Former North West regional champion and Node4-Giordana young gun Matt Cronshaw talks Torquay, travelling and tiredness after round eight hit the English Riviera.
We're just on a five-hour trip to Colchester now. We've just had a little stop to pick Marcin [Bialoblocki] up from his house, and we're back on the motorway with 200 miles to go.
We've got a team bus and then the team car as well. There's only a few of us in the bus to give us a bit of extra space to lie down so there's a bit of a competition for those spaces!
When we're travelling we don't get up to a great deal and most people are trying to sleep. The races are odd because I'm sure everyone has loads of caffeine and coffee and all sorts before the race so you come away from them at 9pm and you're wired. I never get to sleep until after midnight.
You're always playing catch up which is one of the reasons why it's so difficult doing that twice in a week; you get into bad sleeping habits.
It's definitely caught up with me! I am quite tired, but everyone is tired and I think it was quite evident last night that there were some tired bodies. I think the motivation side of it all is important as well. You've got five weeks and you're motivating yourself for some real hard efforts twice a week, and all the travel as well.
We're really pleased to get the first win on the board because there has been quite a bit of pressure with most team sponsors coming on board for the Tour Series. It's a big weight off our shoulders and the mood with the team has definitely changed.
We were talking last night and now that we've got one under the belt it just gives you a lot more confidence going into the last three rounds. We've done it once, we can do it again. It was difficult before; we were travelling all the way to the race and then not winning. It drains you.
I think the circumstances would have to be quite extreme for Endura not to win the overall but definitely second place is within reach for all teams in the top five.
Small placings count. Getting the odd point here and there is huge, even with three rounds to go. Everyone will be watching everyone else, and I think there will be a real battle between the teams from second to fifth.