Cycling is all about teamwork. This is the idea that was reinforced on Wednesday's session which involved a team pursuit where a team of rabbits set off 15 minutes before a pack of foxes set off to chase them down. The idea was that if both teams coordinated their best riders and rotated who was doing the work at the front of the group they would finish at the same interval they set off.
As it turned out, the rabbits were caught. We learned some good lessons about the importance of coordination and drafting, and maybe next time both teams will finish at exactly the interval we set off.
Until I started cycling with a group I never realised the importance of drafting and the difference it makes to the effort you are making at higher speeds and over longer distances.
I will definitely be putting this into practice in the future.
We started off by going through nutrition information such as when and what we should eat before, during and after a ride.
We then went onto gears and what gearing we should use for certain areas e.g. for hill climbs, flats and down hill. This was particularly useful as we've been riding around Beverley and the surrounding areas (Newbald, Etton, Cherry Burton etc).
We then jumped on the turbo trainers to look at our position on the bike and made some adjustments if needed.
Overall, a great session as all of these areas contribute towards becoming a better cyclist!
Looking forward to trying out these skills on the road in my own time and on the group ride next week.
Tour de Yorkshire: Blog Post by Roisin Gorry (Member of the Cycle Academy) Saturday 4th May 2019 (Photos Courtesy of Josh Harrison Photography, joshharrisonmedia.com)
On Saturday morning Bridlington was buzzing and so were we as we met in the morning for the initial team meeting.
Seeing everyone wearing the club kit really made me feel part of the R-evolution cycling team and it was amazing to go on the same stage that the top male cyclists would also later be on and have Marc Chavet present our new club to the Bridlington crowds!
We then had an unexpected meeting with a group of Bridlington schoolchildren who were interested in what we did while we were at the club and why we were wearing shoes that made us walk in such a funny way. We even had requests to sign t shirts.
Then the highlight of the day...cycling out together from the Tour start line with the crowds cheering and then watching the elite cyclists go past at a slightly faster pace!
What a memorable day!
In this session the Academy went out on a ride around Beverley and the surrounding areas (Cherry Burton, South Dalton). It was the first time all members of the team rode as one in full kit. The group looked amazing in the matching jerseys, shorts, helmets and shoes, giving a great sense of teamwork, it really feels as if we are coming together and improving each week at speed.
It was a lovely evening to go out to try all of the skills needed to successfully ride as a group as well as socialise with other members. Trying not to run into the back of someone or falling flat was particularly difficult when clipping in and out of pedals!
I am sure on Saturday at the launch at the Tour de Yorkshire in Bridlington we will show just how well we have come together, reflecting all the hard work the coaches have put in for us.