Training In 2019


Now's the time when we are all thinking about our cycling goals for the year ahead and the club has several regular training rides to help you achieve them whatever they may be.

These rides are not necessarily  just  training for the race disciplines such as; road, time trailing and track, although they are highly recommended for those, our training rides can help you build strength and endurance for Audax, Sportives or touring and mountain biking if they are your interests. If you are a multisport enthusiast planning on doing some Triathlon or Duathlon, training rides will definitely help your bike split and even if cycling is not your main sport and you are primarily a runner for instance, cross training is a underrated benefit. 

If you would simply like an introduction to riding a bike in a group at a easy pace and gain confidence the Monday evening Social Training Ride is ideal and it is important to learn how to ride safely in a disciplined group. Further details are here:  

 If you are already able to ride solo for a couple of hours at an average speed of about 15 mph you will be able to ride at 16 to 20 mph by taking turns at the front on the Easier Training Ride at 10-2-7 on Thursday evenings. It might seem hard at first but after a few weeks you will feel a real benefit.

The Tuesday evening Faster Training Ride is as its name suggests the fastest club ride in the winter, so suitable for more experienced riders. If Thursday evenings seem a bit slow give it a go; some members do both.

Most Sunday mornings in the winter there is a longer training ride.  Non-stop (apart from punctures and mechanicals) 50 to 60 miles at a average speed of about 18 mph. This is a great ride for getting base miles in and building endurance.

Further information about the above including meet-up places and times can be found here :

All rides in the winter are weather dependent so always check on the website before heading out and keep an eye on the club members’ Facebook discussion group. In the spring the schedule will change a little but there will still be opportunities to train with the club.

AnnouncementFred Wardle