The event, One Hell of a Hill Climb, was held to raise money for an adapted bike for Daren Smith (a local cyclist who is in rehab from a stroke). There was a great turnout of riders and volunteers and there was lots of healthy competition and plentiful amounts of last minute doubts!
The event was thoroughly enjoyable due to the friendly atmosphere and the chance to compete against experienced cyclists. Although most of us, including me, set off with high hopes of being fast, these quickly changed to hopes of actually making it to the top of the hill!
Overall, it was a great, well organised event for an inspiring cause and I’m really pleased I took part. I also hope that the fundraising for Daren’s adapted bike is a success.
Results can be found here: - https://www.sportstimingsolutions.co.uk/rd.php?id=324
Humber Bridge Sportive - Sunday 9th June 2019
For most of the Academy riders this was the chance to complete their longest ride to date (approx. 40 miles or 64km) and to be part of a Sportive for the first time; the benefits of this being that the route is signed, well marshaled and includes a feed station (one on the route and food at the end).
The aim was to start and finish as a group and work together as a team to complete the route. There were 12 of us in total and 850 riders out on the course so it was important for the group to communicate well (both verbally and non-verbally), give clear instructions and ride safely.
Fortunately, the weather was on our side! We did experience some of the common issues when riding in a group...mechanicals (x 4), water bottles dropping out of cages (x3), riding near other riders/groups, negotiating junctions and turns.
My advice to the group at the start was that they are likely to learn something new every time we ride out and that was definitely the case today. It was great to see how much they have improved both individually and as a group and I was really impressed with the way they conducted themselves during the event.
All in all, a superb day all round and great experience for the group to see and take part in a large scale cycling event.
Today's team session was based on teamwork on hill climbs and rolling hills. We set off up the hills in groups of 2 riders using slipstream techniques, in slipstreaming the lead rider pushes through the air ahead of them, helping the cyclists behind them by making less drag.
We also built up more experience on gear shifting when starting hill climbs. Preparing our gears for a hill to ascend or descend was key. We covered about 40km/24 miles with 430 metres/1400 feet of climbing. All riders did very well and team contribution was at its best, 2 new riders joined the team session and also gave 100% effort in the group.