Race training

**All club rides are currently suspended due to COVID19 restrictions.**

 

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.

Please note, due to the COVID19 crisis we are resuming only the Thursday training rides as of September 2020.

There are often at least 2 groups of riders. We 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 (CURRENTLY CANCELLED)

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

COVID-19 guidance

  • Only EWCC members or guest riders with ‘pending’ status are allowed to join the race training rides.
  • Riders will meet just before 6.30 pm at Aldi Pinhoe.
  • Riders are keeping 1 meter distance between each other at all times (while stopping and riding).
  • Riders will form groups of no more than 6 people (of similar ability wherever possible).
  • Before setting off, 1 member of the group MUST fill in the club’s online registration form to provide contact details of all group members (name, contact number & postcode) to enable track and trace if required up to 3 weeks after ride).
  • We allow time gaps between groups of at least 3 minutes to allow traffic to overtake easily and safely.
  • Groups will be riding in formation (two-abreast), singling out as necessary.

 

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