Last Tuesday I went and spent a couple of hours with Chris Ball at Apex Bike Fitting. Those who attended our annual dinner in January will remember he was our guest of honour. I found the experience very enlightening and worthwhile. Chris’s mechanism for bike fitting involves spending about 45mins pedalling (on his BioBike) at a constant cadence while he electronically adjusts the bike frame and notes the impact on heart rate.
Eight riders got to the golf club for days ride, and those present last week being keen for an easier ride. We headed off to Bourne End to meet up with Simon who was competing in the H25/2 tt this morning. Coffee was declined by the group at Simons house and we set of a few minutes later with Simon in tow recovering from completing the 25tt in 57 mins about 40mins earlier. Within 200m Mike got a puncture after running into a large pot hole.
What a lovely morning! Makes such a difference to see the sunshine for a change, although there was still a bit of a breeze. 6 of us today, Gurpal took charge and we decided to do a big loop - some to the South and some to the North of Maidenhead. So from the clock tower we went through White Waltham to Twyford, 4 of us picking up the pace a bit as we did so. We waited for the others at the lights then trundled over the A4, through Sonning and up towards Sonning Common.
We need to think about dates for our next reliability ride....this is the 100km one which goes up to Benson. This weekend is probably too soon, and I have the London Revolution next weekend....how are people fixed for either 27th May, 10th June, 17th June or 24th June? (missed out the 3rd as its the long bank holiday weekend)....
Yes Sundays ride was a tuff fast one and harder than most expected including me. The 6 people taking part on a cold and damp May day were Simon, Callum, Mike W, Brett, Les R and myself. We left the golf club sharper than normal as Simon was on time. Mike suggested the normal route to keep it simple and limit the thought required, but Simon suggested a minor extension from the top of Pishill into Watlington.
Now that the evenings are getting lighter we will be moving to the H10/2 course on the A4 as from next Thursday (10 May). Course details are here.
Due to CTT regulations the first rider off will not be until 7-45 PM and because of the need to finish before sunset we will be limiting the field to 30 riders, so arrive early to avoid disappointment as no pre-bookings will be taken for this season.
Unfortunately we had to cancel today's 25 due to persistent heavy rain. The riders has all just signed on when the heavens opened - rain, wind, hail - we had the lot for best part of 20 minutes. You'd be surprised how many people can take shelter under two umbrellas and a table - four under each umbrella and two under, yes under, the table.
When the riders started handing back their numbers we knew there was a problem. Given the amout of water on the road and the lack of visibility we made the decision to cancel the event. Lets hope we have better luck next Thursday.
Do you fancy having a go at something longer than a 10? Then come along to our first 25 of the season this Sunday on the Drift Road course. Start time is a very civilised 3pm, unlike those rude early morning starts needed for most opens.
Even if you don't fancy riding the event, why not ride out to cheer on those who do.
See you on Sunday.