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Jan 22

Strong winds for Brantingham training

It costs a bit to get the use of a wind-tunnel in a laboratory but we had a free one on Saturday. I know I prefer to go out into the wind on a ride so that it’s helpful on the return; a circuit is quite different as you get it from all directions and you have to adapt. Why is it that the wind doesn’t seem to affect good riders so much? Aerodynamics has a part to play but it’s mostly motivation and, perhaps, a good engine – one that’s been nicely tuned. Everyone’s performance is affected by adverse conditions and there’s an optimum gear for pushing into, and taking advantage, of wind forces. It’s based on pedalling rates, and you have to concentrate more.

Numbers were only slightly down, 64 altogether that I counted, as a few underestimated the wind strength to get to Brantingham and joined in when they got there. They were:

Alan Gay, Alex Adams, Alex Dalton, Andrew Vaughan, Andy Faichney, Brad Palmer, Carl Dickinson, Charlie Carruthers, Chris Daddy, Chris Goodway, Colin Baldwin, Dan Keena, Dave Betts, David Kennedy, Dean Fulstow, Gary Knowles, Gerry Lumb, Jacob Trotter, Jacqui Ker, Jamie Adams, Joe Dean, Joe Faichney, Joe Rainey, John Askew, Lee Cairns, Lee Coulson, Lee Watson, Mark Brocklesby, Mark Dicconson, Mark Philipson, Mark Robinson, Mark Walker, Matthew Enticknap, Mike Bradly, Neil Cleminshaw, Neil Oates, Neil Prendergast, Nick Coupland, Nicky Moore, Nigel Sisson, Olivia Morris, Olivia Tomlinson, Paul Cairns, Paul Campbell, Paul Hayward, Paul Hickman, Paul Kilvington, Paul Noble, Paul Shepherd, Phil McCormick, Phil Oakes, Rich Moore, Richard Cutsforth, Richard Dean, Scott Daddy, Simon Pickering, Steve Coates, Steve Giles, Ton Elliott, Tony Goundry, Trevor Morris, Vic Moody, Victoria Hood and Will Waudby.

Of course it was expected that the groups would split and there’d be merges, but it went quite well and there was a good workout for everyone, I suppose you must enjoy it to keep coming back! Three riders, Chris Daddy, Neil Cleminshaw and Richard Moore, seemed not to be too affected by the wind and lapped almost everyone – I heard one complain that they’d been cheated out of a lap. Because of the conditions we thought it hard enough not to increase by an extra lap this week, nine laps only, which the aforementioned trio completed in 52:20. Lap times that we could sort were:

 

   groups

1a

1b

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Lap 1

6.05

6.48

6.45

6.23

6.33

6.54

6.46

8.45

Lap 2

5.50

5.54

6.20

6.00

6.25

6.48

Lap 3

5.45

5.52

6.22

6.12

6.40

Lap 4

5.52

6.08

6.08

6.25

Lap 5

5.28

5.59

6.14

6.05

6.13

Lap 6

6.00

6.08

6.04

6.20

6.42

Lap 7

5.55

8.38

6.14

7.13

Lap 8

5.45

8.48

10.12

Lap 9

5.40

 

Now is the time when you should consider partners for riding the couple of local team time trials we have in March, a chance to extend the group training into real mode racing. You must be able to find a partner (or two) of similar ability to yourself, preferably in the same club. City Road Club are organising a 25 mile time trial for teams of three on the Beverley – Driffield – Lund course on the 7th March, the week after these training rides finish. Hull Thursday’s George Ely memorial 24 mile time trial for teams of two riders is on Saturday 17th March on almost the same course. In both cases you have to enter the event two weeks in advance, rules say that a start list must be produced beforehand not least for insurance purposes. I’ll try to get the organisers to bring some entry forms but you can download them from the CTT website (Cycling Time Trials).

Again I must thank John Trotter, Les Barratt, Pete Kitchen, Ray Robson and Sheila Sampson for their help, as well, of course, as Richard.

Jim Sampson
Senior Coach