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Jan 16

Training Rides Prove Popular Again

Despite the temperature being just above freezing it was a clear and fairly calm day on Saturday which brought riders once again in large numbers. The thirty or so from the first session were absent this week but were replaced by another thirty, another seventy or more taking part. It’ll be a while befre I know who’s who in the various groups, there were eight groups with around nine in each group, and you can tell from the pictures who is with who.

I think I got just about eerybody’ss name, and they were:

Adam Hardy, Amanda Dean, Andy Faichney, Ben Waite, Billy Robinson, Brad Palmer, Charlie Carruthers, Chris Daddy,

Chris Goodway, Cindy Scaife, Dan Keena, Dave Betts, Dave Millson, David K, David Martindale, Dean Fulstow, Derek Palmer, Finley Pickering, J. Olmer, Jacqui Ker, James Bray, James Godfrey, Jodie Brumhead, Joe Faichney, Joe Weston, Lee Coulson, Mark Brocklesby, Mark Dicconson, Mark McKeown, Martin Waite, Matthew Enticknap, Mike Adams, Mike Bradly, N. Laws, Nathan Wilson, Neil Cleminshaw, Neil Dean, Neil Oates, Nick Coupland, Nicky Moore, Nigel Sisson, Olivia Morris, Olivia Tomlinson, Paul C, Paul Campbell, Paul Cook, Paul Drop, Paul Hayward, Paul Hickman, Paul Kilvington, Paul Noble, Paul Shepherd, Peter Fielding Smith, Phil McCormick, Phil Oakes, Phil Savage, Rich Moore, Rob Stones, Sam Adcock, Simon Jack, Simon Pickering, Steve Coates, Steve Giles, Steve Macklin, Stuart Fletcher, Tom MacDonald, Tony Goundry, Trevor Morris, Victoria Hood and Zoe Jack.

It’s difficult if not impossible to keep track of all the different groups. It would be ok if we had tags, or maybe if we could appoint a leader in each group who would shout out the group number, but once the groups break up ang get overlapped and merge then it gets very difficult. Looking at the times it seems that you were lapping at very similar times to the first sessin.

 

grp 1

grp 2

grp 3

grp 4

grp 5

grp 6

grp 7

grp 8

 lap 1

6.12

6.35

6.37

6.46

7.11

7.10

6.57

7.47

 lap 2

5.32

5.47

5.54

5.42

6.04

5.30

6.59

7.03

 lap 3

5.40

5.38

5.49

6.23

6.05

6.50

7.27

7.26

 lap 4

5.42

5.40

5.54

5.59

6.18

6.03

 lap 5

5.33

5.45

5.58

6.00

 lap 6

5.36

5.39

5.58

6.10

 lap 7

5.37

5.44

6.00

6.12

 lap 8

5.32

5.39

5.55

6.30

 lap 9

5.22

5.22

5.40

 

The groups seemed to be working out together pretty well although some seem to be in racing mode rather than training. Perhaps I can remind you what the intention is: to start steady, work as a unit and perhaps, if you feel like it, turn up the gas on the last three or four miles. For those of you struggling at times you have to be able to hang on to a back wheel. To do this properly you have to get close behind the wheel so there’s got to be a lot of trust – which means, of course, that people behind have to trust you, so be aware at all times. Hopefully these training sessions will help you improve and build up your enthusiasm. Time, perhaps, to set down your targets, the event/s you really look forwad to, and map out a programme for the next few months.

It’s not often you need dark shades to shield the sun in January but it was certainly very bright this Saturday. It was difficult to get the pictures shooting right into the low sun contre jour, and there was a lot fo reflections from parked cars to deal with. I wouldn’t do these events without the help of volunteers to marshal the corners to keep it safe for us s if anyone can help it would be much appreciated, I know the riders are very appreciative. Thanks this week again to Barry and Les at Ellerker cross-roads, to Pete Kitchen at Stockbridge turn and Ray at Brantingham. Also to Sheila to getting the lap times for me.

 

Jim Sampson