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Re: Introductory/Slower training ride - Year 3 (and counting

Postby Chris C » Thu Feb 05, 2015 2:41 pm

For clarity - forecast is 2 degrees tonight - pretty warm really - so we ride at 7pm. Yipee!
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Re: Introductory/Slower training ride - Year 3 (and counting

Postby Chris C » Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:02 pm

After a week off the bike, how good it was to be back on this ride! Opting for the usual route, we found no evidence of there ever having been any snow in that tropical micro-climate that we know and love as the Swettenham Circuit (it’s always summer in the armpits). Four trusty companions escorted me on my comeback ride: Nick, Nigel, Andy and Phil. Smooth, steady pace: 16.3 mph back to Sidd Central, 16.0 to the top.
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Re: Introductory/Slower training ride - Year 3 (and counting

Postby Chris C » Fri Feb 13, 2015 1:08 pm

Five of us set out down P Hill last night, to be caught by latecomer Mr X within a mile as we amused ourselves watching a puncture masterclass by Mr Y. Richard T, Steve L, Paul F, Rob S, me and big welcome to new member Cameron McK, aged 15, on his first ever training ride. 17.1 mph back to Sidd X, 16.0 to the top. Great to have you with us, Cameron.
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Re: Introductory/Slower training ride - Year 3 (and counting

Postby Chris C » Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:47 pm

Those who know me will surely attest to the seriousness with which I approach my training regime (my body is a temple even if nobody is worshipping). Indeed, I decided only last Sunday that I needed to ‘up the ante’ if I am to give rising Wheelers star Will Kershaw a run for his pocket money on next year’s C of the E (I like to think of the Col de Woodbrook as my signature climb). It was therefore without hesitation on getting home yesterday that I doffed kit 1 following an early evening ‘pre-soaker’ on my homeward commute, and changed seamlessly into kit 2, pausing only to ensure that my seams were aligned before racing to the start line at the sign of the Broken Biscuit to await the arrival of my charges. At 19.05 I concluded sadly that I would have to ride solo and headed out. Alas, the demon on my shoulder convinced me to ride straight past the Pexhill interchange and instead head homewards to the homestead.

Less than a week into my new training plan and I’m 30 miles in deficit already. Maybe, at 61, I’ve left this all too late. After all, nearly a third of my life is over.
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Re: Introductory/Slower training ride - Year 3 (and counting

Postby nrb1403@aol.com » Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:09 pm

Hi Chris, Andy and myself abandoned 'Just a Ride' to intercept you at the end of Dark Lane arriving there around 19.08hrs. No show so we headed down Pexhill towards Broken Cross, where we saw 3 riders heading towards us, we no more shouted 'we will catch you up' turned round and chased after them at a fair lick!but not gaining much ground on them. It wasn't until the three riders went straight on at Lower Withington junction we realised we were chasing the wrong group! Ah well!
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Re: Introductory/Slower training ride - Year 3 (and counting

Postby Chris C » Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:54 pm

I am aghast that I missed you. I knew I should have gone down Pexhill after all.

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Re: Introductory/Slower training ride - Year 3 (and counting

Postby Chris C » Fri Feb 27, 2015 5:43 pm

It was a cold, dry night as seven of us assembled at our car park of choice yesterday. Good, steady ride by all riders, who were: Jim, me, Steve L, Sam F making the most of his paternity leave (congratulations Sam), Moray, Paul F and welcome to Steve Middleton out on his first group ride and proving himself more than equal to the occasion, the pace and all the demands of concentration involved in riding at 17.6 mph round unlit country lanes in the dark in close formation with the aforementioned <bunch of ne’er-do-wells><highly trained athletes> [delete as appropriate, we’re nothing if not interactive with these reports]. 17.3 mph back to the summit. Great ride, no punctures despite hedge cuttings galore, and I can’t wait until next week.
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Re: Introductory/Slower training ride - Year 3 (and counting

Postby Chris C » Fri Mar 06, 2015 2:04 pm

Great ride last night – very smooth, with all riders looking out for each other and working together really well. Yes, I’m proud of each one of them, who were: Jim, Steve L, Moray, Nick, welcome to 2015 Chris I, welcome back to week 2 to new member Steve M, Annick, Phil and welcome to Thursday Gareth L. So 10 of us in all, 17.1 mph to Sidd X, 16.9 to the top. Brilliant.
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Re: Introductory/Slower training ride - Year 3 (and counting

Postby Chris C » Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:14 pm

Six of us last night: Annick, Steve M, Gareth, Chris I, Paul F and me. Pretty windy, and that was just the riders. Rained quite hard for a while. 16.7 to Sidd X. 16.6 to the top. Roll on summer.
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Re: Introductory/Slower training ride - Year 3 (and counting

Postby Chris C » Fri Mar 20, 2015 2:43 pm

Six riders again last night: Chris I, me Chris me, Steve L, Steve M, Moray (there's only one Moray) and welcome back Dave Boardman. 17.0 and 16.8 mph. Very disciplined ride - indeed the first time I counselled 'steady' was as we were ascending the Holy Mountain. Excellent.
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Re: Introductory/Slower training ride - Year 3 (and counting

Postby Chris C » Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:49 am

Good steady ride on Thursday with eight of us: Dave Boardman, me, Moray, Nigel, Steve M, Steve L, Rob S and welcome to Andy Wyatt. Windy along the back straight for a change, hence 17.4 mph to Sidd X and a wind-assisted 17.3 to the top.
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Re: Introductory/Slower training ride - Year 3 (and counting

Postby Chris C » Fri Apr 03, 2015 8:38 am

Four riders last night - Warren, Andy W, Paul F and me. A minute on the front each, straight out of the car park. What a difference a bit of daylight makes: 20.0 mph back to Sidd X, 19.4 to the top. Brilliant.

New riders very welcome. We ride at the pace of the slowest rider. Lady riders and those new to training rides particularly welcome.
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Re: Introductory/Slower training ride - Year 3 (and counting

Postby Chris C » Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:43 am

What a blast! What fun we had last night. One dozen riders, including three new to this ride: welcome to Phil Cunningham, Paul Crowther and new member Gareth Tucker on his first group ride. Regulars and returners were Laura, Paul F, Dave Boardman, Andy W, Rob S, Dave Haley, Chris I, I Chris and Steve L. Smooth disciplined ride where consideration for the other riders was the watchword of all. How much easier it is to go faster with more of us, on lighter bikes and mostly in daylight, hence 19.5 mph average speed back to Siddington X, 19.1 to the top, to which we rode as a group. Brilliant. Do join us next week.
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Re: Introductory/Slower training ride - Year 3 (and counting

Postby Chris C » Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:34 pm

Great to have so many new people joining this ride – four last night. Welcome to Mark Eade, Chris Cook, Stuart Combe and Alan Milligan and welcome back for week two to Phil Cunningham and Gareth Tucker, joining recent recruits Andy W and Steve M and the evergreen Steve L, Chris I, Richard T, Warren and me. Total 13 riders.

Unlucky 13 as it turned out.

As ride leader I sometimes have to balance the claims that new recruits to this ride may make about their lack of fitness or experience with my role in encouraging them to go faster and further than they think they can. For example, my forensic cross-examination last week of new boy Gareth T as we descended the Holy Mountain revealed that his claimed lack of miles this year following a new baby layoff (yes, it affects guys too, congratulations Gareth) was unlikely to hinder a triathlete with a 24-minute 10 mile TT behind him. Indeed, his ascent some 25 miles later proved me correct.

But last night perhaps I should have paid more heed to the new Chris C’s car-park suggestion that he ride on the back as, notwithstanding plenty of MTB experience, this was just his fifth ride on a road bike, although I thought he might be joking when he said ‘now which levers are the brakes?’

As we started our first ascent of Daffodil Hill (up to the bowling club) Chris C the Elder (me) commanded the rider ahead, Mark E, to ‘pedal – you’ve got to get up the hill’, Chris C the Younger, to our right in the outside line, also responded so fiercely that he lifted his front wheel, failed to plant it down in a completely forwards direction and came down heavily, with the following rider, Chris I the Other, landing on top of him, having graciously accepted my request to ride in that position as I like to make sure that a newbie has an oldie following them in the outside line to shout instructions and, not least, directions.

Fortunately the team carries a resident engineer in the form of Andy W, more used to getting his spanner round a jumbo (jet) I believe, who quickly straightened the first fallen Chris’s twisted shifter. Despite an impressive display of road rash, Chris C the Younger bravely continued for the whole ride, disregarded my suggestion that he could head home at the end of lap one or lap two, and continued to go through every time before fading on Pexhill, where he was picked up by Andy following a pre-Pexhill P stop.

Notwithstanding stopping on Daffodil Hill and an early stop on Salters Lane when Warren’s carbon mini-pump made a break for freedom (it was so light that W didn’t even notice it had gone), we still averaged 19.4 mph back to Siddington crossroads, and 19.1 to the top, a pretty commendable effort particularly for the four new boys.

But no wheelies next time please.
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Re: Introductory/Slower training ride - Year 3 (and counting

Postby cjilli » Fri Apr 17, 2015 5:43 pm

Good write up. Chris I (me) is mostly fine but Chris C (the younger) is pretty bruised and bashed. I am told a line across his back marks where my front wheel connected with him but his delightful better half is nursing him back to health so he can have another go.

Not at knocking me off, I should add.
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