We had a very good spin this evening, 49km @ 32.2kph. It was notable in that it included Jamie Blanchfield of Premier Endurance, who was along to observe cycling technique and the dynamics of our group spin. We had eight out, excluding Jamie, fairly evenly balanced between the faster and the less fast cyclists. The general consensus was that it was one of the best and smoothest spins we’ve had in a long time, despite the mixed abilities within the group. Some of the faster riders would have been comfortable at a faster pace, and different riders had different subjective experiences of the spin, but nobody was overstretched, and overall there was a lot of satisfaction with the spin. Mind you, and this is a personal opinion only, but I suspect that the spin might have been less smooth and the average speed higher if the A pupils hadn’t felt that the Inspector was closely observing them!
Jamie, despite his tender years, is an experienced and calm coach, and outlined some areas for improvement in respect of individual technique, e.g. cross-chaining and speed on climbs, but more pertinently had some constructive observations of the group dynamic e.g. half-wheeling, first 10 minutes being too fast, etc. It led into a constructive group discussion of the core issue of mixing fast and less fast cyclists in the one group. Jamie outlined a number of possible solutions, all of which have been implemented (with varying degrees of success) across other cycling clubs. The concept of a Group Captain for the the cycling group(s) was one of the recommendations.
To those members who couldn’t make it this evening, you missed out. The good news is that Jamie will be attending next Thursday’s spin, on basically the same route (not too long). Hope you can make it.
NTW have booked a cycling coach called Jamie Blanchfield (Premier Endurance) recommended by Aidan Hammond. Jamie will join us on our club spin on Thursday the 19th and 26th of August. He will give us general tips on route and advice on how best to manage groups and work the group so that everyone gets what they are looking for out of the group spin. Following the 2 spins he will give us feedback and if necessary meet with us again.
The club are paying the coach’s fee but numbers are limited. If it works we can try it again with other sub groups.
If you have any questions or points you would like us to put to Jamie in advance then please message Eoin Dillon or Liam Callaghan.
We’d 12 out on last evening’s spin, mainly Leisure cyclists but with a few Senior riders thrown in for the fun. There were none of the usual punctures, or even someone coming off. Just the usual examples of bad and dangerous driving, and a free-for-all on the last 5kms. The distance was 61km, @ 31.7kph.
The author, who shall be anonymous (for reasons of embarrassment) somehow mistook one of the balmiest evenings of the year for expected cold weather, and came kitted out in his winter gear. Predictably, he got steadily basted during the ride.
The only other unfortunate feature was that of half-wheeling. We had a very naughty student merrily at it last evening. He’s known to his Gaelic friends as ‘Leath Roth’ (‘Half a Wheel’). God between us and all harm, but will we ever teach him!
Well done to all who participated in a competitive Hill Climb this Sunday. The winner was Edvins Silov, followed, in turn, by Andy English and John Spillane. John’s placing was no surprise to those who witnessed him on the recent Ring of Kerry weekend. We’d all like some of what you’ve got in your water bottle, John!
Congratulations to Eoin on his Silver Medal win at the National TT (M40) this weekend. That makes it a hat-trick of wins this season, as he adds to his Munster TT Gold medal (M40) and his Gold Medal in the National Track Pursuit (M40).