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Alan KempParticipant26 January 2015 at 12:45Post count: 91Alan KempParticipant26 January 2015 at 12:43Post count: 91Alan KempParticipant17 September 2014 at 22:06Post count: 91
Stuart Hall is also doing bike hire for those interested ,
A message from Stuart –
We will also be doing our own bike hire next year carbon frames with
shimano 105 group compact 34/50, cassette 12/27, weight around 8 kilos
£85 per week when booked with a holiday .
If club members decide to book the camp with Stuart Hall please state that you are a Weaver Valley CC member for offer of £320 for any week in April based on 2 people sharing !!!
If booking for more than 7 nights ring him for an accurate price !!!
There is a £10 supplement per night for a single room .
When booking your flight it may be worth just booking your seat for now and add bike and bag etc nearer the time when you have considered options re bike hire !Alan KempParticipant17 September 2014 at 11:40Post count: 91
Hi Jed ,
On the left of the picture is Dave Woods from Luton who was also 3rd in the British Cycling Age related Champs rr . The other is Bill Macmillan from Glasgow ,a Scottish international in the 70s who rode the Scottish Milk Race and the 1970 ? Commonwealth games in Edinburgh !Alan KempParticipant17 September 2014 at 10:10Post count: 91Alan KempParticipant7 April 2014 at 00:18Post count: 91
Your right Dave . Mike Twelves I think is 49 . ( so about the oldest in his race for over 40s )
Re Majorca . Had a great time . Despite the bike arriving late via Glasgow , the fall , spraining the wrist and hurting the knee and also the stomach bug which laid me low for 36 hours ( Plus Kev and Ewart ) we really did have a good time and really good to have you and the other Weaver Valley lads and Caroline there . Hope we can persuade even more WVCC members to go next year .
CYCLING IS FUN !!!!Alan KempParticipant11 February 2014 at 15:12Post count: 91
Hi Jim, Best to be there at least half to 3/4 an hour before the 8pm start . You need to collect and sort out your hire bike ( unless you have your own ) get payed up and signed on and still give Nick enough time to get himself ready for the start after checking everyone else in . AlanAlan KempParticipant30 December 2013 at 18:39Post count: 91Alan KempParticipant10 December 2013 at 14:55Post count: 91Alan KempParticipant10 December 2013 at 12:03Post count: 91Alan KempParticipant10 December 2013 at 11:45Post count: 91
All great points Kris and I would agree with everything you say there . But such is the nature and unpredictability of road racing that we need to be ready for the unexpected
Attacking into the wind particularly if there is a turn in course direction soon after ( know the course route ! ) can be very advantageous . Open the gap when everybody is sheltering from the wind and get a head start for when the wind is more helpful.
Attacking downhill ( as you imply not usually done ) can be very helpful at times and I have seen many races won this way . If you are a good tester that just needs a gap from the bunch before being capable of holding the bunch at bay , then this could be the easiest place to do it while others are taking a breather . ( or not being vigilante , or thinking someone else will bridge the gap for them ! )
So many variables to control in road racing are what make it such a great sport !Alan KempParticipant10 December 2013 at 10:58Post count: 91
Thanks Tony .
The point about putting that training article link on here is that although a rider who has been around for years may already know a great deal of the info in the article , a newcomer or somebody wanting to get into racing may not have a clue about a wide range of racing related issues .
Many riders of my age just went with the flow just stacking in the miles as it was the done thing and in races, on positioning ,gearing and tactics , sprinting etc we probably wasted years learning from our mistakes and gaining experience . Ray Minovi has covered all these issues and given the novice rider ( and experienced ) a quick insight into what is involved .
Admittedly it was written a few years ago and training ideas have changed a little too but it is basically good stuff .
We have some excellent young prospects in the club now who are thinking and training very smartly based around their school and college work and starting to get results . A lot of benefit for them has come from riding the velodrome whether SQTs or track leagues where the emphasis is on speed . During the winter the endurance can be built on with a longer ride at the weekends but keeping the emphasis on speed and quality work during the week .
It is great to see them progressing but equally it is great to see older riders racing for the first time and feeling a great sense of achievement when they beat their personal best or even manage to survive the long club run or a Saturday training ride .
As I meant to say , there is something for everyone to learn in the training article link . Perhaps that is all I needed to say !!!
AlanAlan KempParticipant9 December 2013 at 23:27Post count: 91
Well don`t keep them to yourself . Can`t you share those tips you have just picked up, with me Tony ?
I now need all the help I can get and I have shared all the tips I know and got none left !
Waiting in anticipation .
Anyway , I`ll have a better idea how to train when I get my new book , The Obree Way , for Christmas . I`m always looking for a quick way to fitness and race form !
AlanAlan KempParticipant27 November 2013 at 23:25Post count: 91