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Jan 30

Week Four Training Session, the last at Brantingham

Yet another fine day for training around Brantingham, cold but sunny with little wind, and 66 riders took part. With new people coming every weekwe’ve had 125 different people altogether up to now of which ten have been female, the groups have been quite different each week.

Present were Adam Hardy, Alex Dalton, Amanda Dean, Andy Faichney, Billy Robinson, Brad Palmer, Charlie Carruthers, Chris Goodway, Dave Betts, Dave Millson, David Atkin, David Kennedy, Gary Knowles, Gary Trees, Gerry Lumb, Ian Ridsdale, Jacob Trotter, Jamie Adams, Jason Young, Joe Dean, Joe Faichney, Joe Rainey, John Brearley, Jon Moss, Lee Cairns, Lee Coulson, Lee Watson, Les Phillips, M. Simons, Mark Brocklesby, Mark Dicconson, Mark Harvey, Mark McKeown, Mark Philipson, Mark Robinson, Mark Walker, Matthew Beaumont, Matthew Fenton, Mike Adams, Mike Bradly, Neil Cleminshaw, Neil Dean, Neil Oakes, Nick Coupland, Nicky Moore, Nigel Laws, Nigel Sisson, Olivia Tomlinson, Paul Cairns, Paul Hickman, Paul Kilvington, Paul Noble, Paul Rymer, Paul Shepherd, Phil Oakes, Rich Moore, Richard Cutsforth, Richard Dean, Rob Stones, Sarah Fearon, Simon Jack, Steve Coates, Steve Giles, Stuart Fletcher, Victoria Hood  and Will Waudby.

When looking at statistics you have to compare like with like, some people – especially those in high places – forget this but it is still interesting to compare the average lap times of the lead group over the four weeks. Excluding the first lap the average time the first week was 5:35, the second week 5:34, the third (the windy one) 5:47, and this one 5:39. I noticed also that Richard Moore was always first back but that doesn’t mean anything, and the fastest lap time was 5:22 done on the last lap of week 2 and this week. Group one, this week, covered the ten laps in 57:00.

   gps

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Lap 1

6.13

6.45

6.33

6.35

6.46

6.40

6.34

6.54

6.58

Lap 2

6.07

5.53

5.57

6.07

6.12

6.04

6.20

6.26

6.08

Lap 3

5.31

5.47

6.00

6.08

6.20

6.52

7.03

6.50

6.34

Lap 4

5.39

5.48

6.08

6.07

6.02

6.29

6.15

Lap 5

5.30

5.44

6.05

6.03

6.05

6.23

6.30

Lap 6

5.46

5.33

6.03

6.10

5.57

6.11

6.10

Lap 7

5.36

5.40

6.04

6.09

5.50

7.00

Lap 8

5.38

5.39

6.10

6.06

5.43

6.44

Lap 9

5.38

5.26

6.40

5.45

Lap 10

5.22

5.15

5.33

 

There seemed to be a lot more cohesion in the groups this week and good to see some youngsters coming along well. I’ve no doubt we’ll be hearing more about young Charlie Carruthers and Billy Robinson who both ride quite strongly in groups with riders twice their age. These are good ‘nursery slopes’ for all newcomers but I hope the more experienced get some real benefits and keep coming along – something for the others to aspire to.

The next four weeks are on a slightly longer course east of Sproatley, I need reasonably flat terrain to keep the groups compact. You should be planning how to use your new-found skills in events that take place in the weeks following the training sessions. The first is a three-up time trial on 3rd March and Andy Faichney can take entries during the next couple of weeks so find yourself a couple of partners. The Saturday after (10th) Matthew Enticknap of Malton Wheelers, who has also been riding these training sessions, is organising a 10 mile solo event. The week after (17th) Mike Kilgour (Hull Thursday) is organising a two-up time trial (you only need one partner for this), and the following Sunday Derek Roe is organising a 10 on the fast V718 (which goes along the A63). More information, entry forms and some practical advice, appears on the Cycling Time Trials website http://ctt.org.uk.

Thanks again to my friends the marshals – Barry Trotter and Geoff Griffin at Ellerker crossroads, Pete Kitching at the Stockbridge turn off and Ray Robson at the Brantingham junction. I do need some more help with marshalling, surely some of you youngers ones have dads who are interested in what you’re doing. Ray, incidentally will be 85 years old this year and I don’t want to beg him to come out east to Sproatley. Sheila and Richard did a terrific job keeping track of the laps; see you all at Sproatley.

Jim Sampson