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nofearParticipant14 December 2011 at 16:53Post count: 604
Hi Claire, Ady, Eleanor, Woody and Andrew,
Handbooks ordered today at Â£9 each saving you all Â£1 on postage as all 6 are posted for just Â£1. The 20p each is an early christmas present from me. When they arrive at my house, if you like I’ll post them to you for the bargain price of Â£3.50 per copy……….just my little joke 🙂nofearParticipant13 December 2011 at 23:38Post count: 604nofearParticipant12 December 2011 at 20:48Post count: 604
Sorry to bring bad news just before Christmas, but there is no short cut to accreditation at the velodrome. Also you need to do more than just one taster session to achieve it. The track does not recognize any previous experience in club sessions.
Check with the people at the track, but I’m pretty sure that these days you have to book a 1 hour taster session and then you book a taster improver session at a later date. If the coach is happy with your progress you then book a skills session which involves doing all sorts of things that we didn’t do in our club session like; riding in a chian, lumps and bumps, etc. If you are OK in this session you can then book for accreditation. You are watched by the coaches (including one riding on the track) and if they are happy you get your accrediatation one week later.
Bear in mind also that the Winter is the busiest time for the track so you can’t always get on these sessions quickly. It could take one month or more to complete the whole process.
Everybody has to go through this no matter what your expereince or who you know. For example Mandy Bishop (used to be Jones) is a former World road race champion and also a multi-national road, time trail and track champion. She’s one of the best female riders this country has ever produced. A few years back she decided to have a go on the track just to get fit and enjoy riding. As she had never ridden Manchester before, because it wasn’t built when she was World champion, she had to go through the accreditation process.
Just get on with it is my advice and once it’s done you can book on most of the training sessions available throughout the Year.
DavenofearParticipant11 December 2011 at 20:53Post count: 604
Less of this “old tech” stuff. I find that the CTT handbook makes excellent reading material in the smallest room in the house. It’s a good time to plan your season with few other distractions. Plus if the reading isn’t good you can always find another use for the paper! 😀
I’ll add you to the list.nofearParticipant10 December 2011 at 22:04Post count: 604nofearParticipant3 December 2011 at 22:10Post count: 604
Don’t forget the next club track night is this Thursday from 8 – 10PM. If you want to ride turn up about 7:30 and pay at track centre. If you want to hire a bike and/or shoes pay for them at the reception on the way in and pick up your bike at the bottom of the ramp in the track centre. Please order hire bikes at least one day in advance by ringing the velodrome direct.
The last session was reaqlly great so don’t miss the fun. If you’re a first timer don’t worry there is no pressure and you’ll love it.
DavenofearParticipant22 November 2011 at 21:54Post count: 604nofearParticipant22 November 2011 at 17:16Post count: 604nofearParticipant27 October 2011 at 19:31Post count: 604
I’m with Les on this one (mainly because I can also be also a grumpy old git at times)! I recon it’s called the Cheshire Cat to reflect the expession on the face of the organizer when he counts the entry fees. Having said that if it gets bums on bikes it can only be a good thing for the future of cycling, so long as we don’t pi55 off too many motorists and cause them to be even more hateful of cyclists than they already are!
P.S. Great picture Les, really shows off your six pack. 🙂nofearParticipant18 August 2011 at 21:31Post count: 604nofearParticipant17 August 2011 at 21:57Post count: 604
So everybody seems to agree that we could do better but this is an age old problem that comes back time ands time again so a solution won’t be easy. I loved the steady runs that I did last Year and Caroline got back into cycling after a lay off of many years because of those runs and now she is enjoying racing again also, because she has regained her enthusiasm & fitness. I have a job that involves too much foreign travel and that is the main reason I didn’t do the steady rides this Summer, but I fully intend to start them up again next Year as I know that there are more youngsters out there that can’t wait to find the freedom of the open road and also a few unfit mums & dads who would also welcome the excuse to join them. So that is my commitment and let’s see what else we can come up with at the AGM.
Incidentally I must apologize for introducing Dylan to the club via the easy pace club runs last year and also for infecting him with the fixed wheel bug (although that seems to be wearing off now). Don’t get me wrong as I really like Dylan’s youthful confidence (cockiness) and his amazing thirst for all things cycling and he makes me laugh a lot. I was trying to avoid pointing the finger at some of the worst culprits for stiring things up, but it’s quite obvious that Dylan is by far the biggest culprit, so I have no hesitation in naming and shaming him. However he will grow out of this phase (keep your fingers crossed) and eventually he might even spend some valuable father son time with his poor dad Phil and actually ride along side him instead of several miles up the road ……. keep up the good work Dylan but try not do do it in school time!!nofearParticipant17 August 2011 at 15:55Post count: 604
Sorry for the long reply but that’s just me. I’m glad my comments provoked some debate and it is interesting to see the differing views. We all have our own views on what is a good pace and how club runs should be conducted and there will always be differences of opinion, but as Craig mentioned there were only 7 people on the long run and all of those were capable of going very fast for a long time. Maybe the reason that there were only 7 was because others who would have liked to have gone a bit further felt daunted by the prospect of having thir legs ripped off. I rarely go on club runs because I like to be with my family on a Sunday.
Caroline and Connor also like to go on club runs and last year when I organized the easy paced rides they really enjoyed them, as did others who came. I had too much on this Summer and unfortunately I didn’t organize these runs but in any case many people have now got fitter and would like to do the general club runs ( I do intend to do more in the future though). Three times this year I have been on the short club run and ended up out of the back pushing people. On 3 occasions the club just carried on and left us. Twice this happened to Connor and he was so put off that he didn’t go on another club run for several weeks. On the last short club run I did, a couple I don’t know (I assume new members), disappeared off the back and were not seen again that day.
Please don’t think I’m pointing the finger at anybody here and I’m certainly not criticising Alan who does a great job and does his best to look after everyone. I have flexed my legs a few times in the past and I know I will again in the future, but I won’t maintain a ridiculously high pace all day unless I’m on a training ride or I am racing. Club run pace and conduct has always been a hot topic, but occasionally I think we have to raise the awareness of all members so they can maybe resist the temptation to tear off at every opportunity.
I think we should raise this for discussion at the AGM in a few weeks time as the concensus of opinion is what matters in a club. To me it’s simple, ride at a steady pace no more than 2 abreast, single out when traffic approaches from behind, warn everybody around you if there are any hazards or if anybody is struggling, always stop at junctions and make sure everybody is still there. We do this now, but often not very well.
About 20 years ago we had a group of fast racing lads who wanted to train hard on a Sunday so they started up a training ride (effectively a chain gang and not a club run). This was great for them as they could ride fast and they thought that it helped their racing. This could happen again if some members wanted this, but it must be made clear to everybody that this is not a club run!!nofearParticipant16 August 2011 at 21:52Post count: 604
Seems to me that there is a lot of talk these days about epic club runs at 18MPH plus. Not much talk about enjoying the scenery or the sociable chat en route on such days. I did 251 miles on Sunday at an average speed of 21 MPH, but can’t say that I really enjoyed the scenery!! I’d love to see some of that Sunday club run testosterone put to better use in road races, time trials, mountain bike racing or track races. That way the hard work can be translated into meaningful and satisfying performances for the individual and the club. It will also enable new members, less fit members or those like me, with a touring mentality to enjoy a sociable club run. 15MPH was always the traditional club run pace and that pace still feels good today. I notice that the first posting on this chain talked about enjoying the company on the shorter run and he quoted an average speed of 16MPH as opposed to Jules on the longer faster run who said that it went very quiet when the pace went up…I rest my case.
P.S. I never carry a computer as the distance and speed are not important on a club run but then I’m just that strange bloke on a fixie so what do I know!!nofearParticipant15 August 2011 at 21:10Post count: 604
Thanks Alan and I hear that you have been winning all season as usual. Dave told me about your impressive rides in Belgium last week. He said people were saying, “which is the guy who rode the Peace Race”? Your reputation as a hard rider obviously travels. Unfortunately it also paints a big target on your back!!
DavenofearParticipant12 August 2011 at 22:54Post count: 604
Cheers Steve, Anne & Graham. Great to see your efforts rewarded with such a consistently good turnout. A few more people have been riding open events this Year thanks to the club 10 experience. Maybe next Year we can get even more around the Chelford circuit and start challenging for the local team awards.
Also an amazing Year for Derek. After the Year you had in 2010, it’s remarkable what you’ve achieved this year both in the club 10’s and in your Audax rides. Your determination has been an inspiration to us all and we really don’t have any excuses now when a slight sniffle puts us off going out on the bike.