Race training

We normally meet twice a week for race training rides. These take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and start at 6.30 pm from Aldi Pinhoe. Please contact us if you’d like to join this ride for the first time. You must be familiar with the area to ensure you’ll be able to find your way home if unable to stay with the group.

There are often at least 2 Groups of riders. With a maximum of 14 riders per group before we need to split. We then allow time gaps between groups of at least 3 minutes to allow traffic to overtake easily and safely. At no point should a group catch another group on the road. Time gaps must remain for everyone’s safety.

All riders who join the ride should be familiar with the Wheelers guide to riding in a groupPlease adhere to these guidelines or you may be asked to ride independently.

Tuesday Training Ride

The primary focus of the ride is race training and ridden as a ‘chain gang’ or ‘through and off’. (There is a good video on essential technique here.) This ride has two phases during the year summarised in the table below.

Tuesday training ride – Details
Time of Year Average Speed (mph) Comments
Oct – Feb 20 * Tempo riding for endurance development

  • Technical focus on pedalling technique
  • Limited speed
  • Ridden as a group
March – Sept 23 – 24 * Riders split into ability groups

  • Groups set off at timed intervals
  • Aimed at race development

 

Thursday Training Ride

This ride is longer than the Tuesday ride and is held on the Triangle Route. Similar to the Tuesday ride it is designed for race training and ride has two phases during the year summarised in the table below.

Thursday Training Ride – Details
Time of Year Average Speed (mph) Comments
Oct – Feb 19 * Tempo riding for endurance development

  • Technical focus on pedalling technique
  • Limited speed
  • Ridden as a group
March – Sept 22-23 * Ridden in three sections:

  • tempo
  • chain gang
  • race pace
  • Ridden as a group (only split if numbers > 15).

 

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