Thursday, 19 April 2018

Thursday Night Chain Gang – 19th April



At last some proper spring weather for the chain gang. So, we’ll be departing at 1830 from outside St Saviours Church in Brockenhurst as usual.

Thanks for the riders who have supported the first two chain gangs this year. Standard of riding has been good for the first rides. Two coaching points to raise from those rides:
·     Week 1, number of riders in the fast line were in too much of a hurry to get to the front and accelerated in the faster line. This caused the line to fragment. Aim is to keep the two lines moving at slightly different paces and keep the group as tight as possible. Happy to say that in week 2 this was a lot better.
·     Week 2, we had several occurrences of riders moving across into the slower line not taking enough pace off. The caused the rider on the inside to have to take far too long a time on the front. So, if you’re the leader of the slower line and riders are not coming through try and control your pace to let the faster lane catch and pass.

Pace of rides will pick up over the next few weeks and if the group size gets any larger we may have to consider splitting into two groups.
As well as a good workout the chain gang is skill training. So think about your riding and its effect on the group, we are trying to move as efficiently as possible around the circuit. Keep the group tight, if there are an even number of riders you should see the front and back riders changing simultaneously and two even lines.
Aim tonight will be to keep the group together until the top of Wilverley and then if there are stronger riders to create two or more smaller groups for the fast finish into Brock. But please respect the pinch points where it is not our priority, try and predict where the oncoming cars are and plan passing through the pinch points with the minimum of disruption to the group.

Enjoy the ride


Barry

Friday, 13 April 2018

Club Ride – Saturday 14thApril


This weeks club ride will take us out of the forest and up to the John Lewis cafĂ© at Leckford. There’s a Wiggle ride on so normally best to keep out of the way of that.

Usual meet at 0850 for an 0900 depart from the main car park in Brookley Road, Brockenhurst.

Out via Balmer Lawn, Beaulieu, Ipley Cross, Ashurst, Bartley, Newbridge then head out of the forest towards West Wellow. Loop around Lockerley, Dean, Tytherley, Broughton and onto the coffee stop in Leckford after just over 80Km.

Return via our well sued route through Stockbridge, Houghton, Mottisfont, Awbridge and back to Brock via Ocknells Plain and Bolderwood for a total of 133Km.


Regards
Barry

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Thursday Night Chain Gang 12th April


Chain gang is on tonight, 1830 start from outside St Saviours Church in Brockenhurst. All welcome. Barry

Friday, 6 April 2018

Club Ride – Saturday 7th April


Looks like we’ll be dealing with a few showers again this week so make sure you’ve got some lights and a light jacket for the ride. Usual meet at 0850 for 0900 depart from the main car park in Brookley Road, Brockenhurst.
Out via Rhinefield Road, Bolderwood, across Ocknells Plan, Nomansland, New Road, across the A36 towards Plaitford. A loop around Dean Hill and back into the forest via Redlynch. Then onto Godshill, Fordingbridge and out of the forest via Sandleheath and onto Martin. There is a new community shop in Martin and they’ve opened up a coffee shop in the hall there on Saturday mornings so we’ll aim to stop there after just under 80Km.
Then back down to Fordingbridge and return to Brock via North Gorley, Red Shoot, Bolderwood.
Total distance 117Km. Couple of options to cut short for anybody looking for a shorter ride.
Barry

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Thursday Night Chain Gang - Re-starts 5th April



For those that know the form 1830 from Brockenhurst. For those that don't the long version below:

Now that the evenings are getting brighter and we’re turning up the intensity of our training the Chain Gang training ride will re-start on Thursday evenings. Thursday has been chosen as to best fit between Tuesday night TT’s and weekend racing / long rides. The rides will involve a 45 minute loop around Brockenhurst and Burley riding at speed and effecting smooth and safe changes of riders on the front. The rules of the chain gang are harsh but fair. If you’re dropped or have a simple puncture it is up to you to find your own way home, if you crash, are ill or have a serious mechanical the group will stop.
For those of you not familiar with the Chain Gang it can best be described as a road version of a team pursuit or a team time trial. Each rider takes a short turn riding on the front and then moves to the back and takes shelter from the wind. Riding this way enables the group to travel faster than individuals and also practices skills needed for road / circuit racing. Newbies welcome, guidance will be given for those new to the discipline. Those that rode previous years have certainly improved their skills and fitness over the summer.
There are, however ways in which different abilities are catered for in a chain gang, the stronger riders will take longer turns at the front. Depending on the groups we have I would think that the initial training rides will be running at around 20MPH and in a month or so towards 22-23MPH. If numbers are high we will split into smaller groups so that we are not a hazard to other road users. In such cases we will try and match the fitness of riders as best as possible.
We have practiced this drill a number of times on the Saturday endurance rides and previous years. Those that ride on the track are well experienced in this discipline and those of you that rode the 2-up also. I propose to run the first couple of rides as training rides at a slightly slower pace so everybody can practice the drill and become familiar with the course. I would also appreciate riders who are experienced at riding in pace lines to join in and improve the quality of the group with their experience. On those early rides we will practice the drills for riding in single and double pace lines so that we can ride hard but safely through the summer.
These rides will require a high level of discipline so please read below what is expected of you:

What to bring:
Road bike, riding on tri bars is not allowed and being late on the brakes will not be appreciated by other riders. Remember you are responsible for your safety and those around you.
Tubes / pump / multi tool. If you puncture, hard luck. You are responsible for your own repairs.
Mobile phone. If you have a serious problem please call ride leader. If you drop off please text ride leader so we don’t have to turn back fearing the worst.
Lights / reflective clothing. We will be out near dusk on the early rides.
Drink / energy food.

Do’s and Dont’s
Be aware that everything you do has a knock-on effect on everyone behind and beside you. If you brake out of turn this will have a concertina effect and disrupt the whole group.
Never half wheel. When you hit the front, keep the pace consistent, if climbing keep the effort consistent.
When you come through for your turn and move over to the recovering line, do so smoothly and close to the rider you are taking over from. Don’t leave them with a massive gap.
Don’t leave gaps. If you are struggling to close a gap, wave the rider behind you through.
Don’t nail yourself trying to do super-hard turns if the pace is above what you are capable of or you know you are tiring. If you start to get dropped, the group will have to slow down to look after you, or in some cases you will be dropped. Or you may be able to follow the group whilst you recover.
Show your respect for other cyclists and the drivers with whom we share the road. Remember we represent cycling in the New Forest and want to enhance the reputation of cyclists not hinder it.
If you need to spit, makes sure you’re at the back of the line!
Logistics
We learned last year that having one course that we all knew well worked best. So the meeting point will be outside St Saviours Church in Brockenhurst each week. The ride will start promptly without a warm up so please do your own warm up routine before the prescribed start time.
The course will run anti-clockwise, up Rhinefield Road to the A35, then ride easy and single file to the Burley turning, re-start at the top of the first rise and continue to the Queens Head, re-group at the top of the hill by Burley Cricket Club and then continue to Brockenhurst or maybe a little beyond up the Rhinefield Road if we want a longer turn.
We will have to navigate the pinch points between Hincheslea and Brock but hopefully at the time of day we're riding they will be quiet. If you're on the front try and anticipate well in advance whether we should go or ease off.
The first rides will start at 1830 during April, 1845 in May, 1900 in June and July, 1845 in August and 1830 in September. Details each week will be posted at http://nfcc-training.blogspot.co.uk/ and the club Facebook page as will any cancellations for bad weather.
Look forward to seeing you out on Thursday evenings.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Club Ride – Change to Saturday 31st March



Note, changed to Saturday due to weather forecast

May also add stop at Broad Chalke as the community Shop will be open


As has become our norm in recent years, Good Friday will be a century ride to Shaftsbury. Riding Friday gives those that are riding the TT on Sunday time to recover or time for another long ride over the weekend.

Provisional plan will be an 0830 depart from Brockenhurst. Approx 100Km to Cranbourne via Shaftsbury and a lunch stop at the garden centre. Then a further 65Km back to the start with a couple of optional short cuts or routes home for those that had a long ride to the start.

If anybody plans to meet en route please feel free to do so. Pace will be a little slower than a normal Saturday ride to reflect the extra distance and suit the needs of the majority of riders.



Barry

Friday, 23 March 2018

Club Ride – Saturday 24th March



Few of the regular Saturday riders are doing the Dorset Coast 200 on Sunday (good luck) so plan this week is for a two lap ride to enable those riding Sunday to have a shorter ride on Saturday.

Meet as the usual point in the main car park in Brookley Road, Brockenhurst at 0850 for an 0900 depart. Lap 1 out via Ten Bends to Burley, Braggers, Crow, Poulner, Red Shoot and Bolderwood back to Brockenhurst for a 50Km loop. Mid ride coffee stop in Brock where Julie will be doing a small bake for Sport Relief so anybody that wishes to donate to Sport Relief can.

Lap 2 out via Balmer Lawn, Beaulieu, Ipley Cross, Ashurst, Woodlands, Bartley, Newbridge, Furzey, Bramble Hill and back to Brock for a second time via Bolderwood for 107Km total.

All welcome to ride 1 or two laps




Barry