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R o m e o
22nd February 2003, 11:49 PM
We took a load of first timers up to Hillingdon on Saturday to try their first road race and it worked out really well.If you are in a club with a few new people it might be trying to use the same approach that we did cos they all really enjoyed it riding together and it made it that bit more doable and realistic knowing you werent the only one who was a complete novice.Full details here:
22nd February 2003, 11:54 PM
23rd February 2003, 9:44 PM
Dare i say it, this is the sorta thing that the BCF should be doing all over the country - I bet that there are lots of people who'd like to try RRing but have no idea where to start (yes, I know, next to the bloke with the starter's pistol) or how to enter and are terrified of bunch racing after hearing the horror stories.Can we not depose the BCF and appoint Addiscombe CC to run british cycling instead - they seam to do a hell of a lot more for grass roots..?
R o m e o
23rd February 2003, 10:41 PM
lol thanks!In all honesty we are only able to do this because of Keith Butler and the Surrey League format which is now run almost exclusively for 3rds/4ths Juniors and Women.Their whole ethos regarding not being strict on what clothes you wear or if you get dropped then have a rest and come back in on the next lap is excellent and should be implemented all over the country as should the idea of sticking beginners on traffic free circuitsThankfully KB is involved with BC's Project China and taking these sort of races all over the country.All we (Addiscombe) are doing is taking our perceived laid back Agreeable manner and extending it to racing. Our club rides are successful mainly because we really push the social aspect of them and where we can extend that to racing we will. Its also easier for us because we send out weekly emails to our members (well one on monday and one on friday) so we can mobilise people and really sell something to them meaning every now and again they will come together and have a day they will always remember.If anyone in any other clubs wants details on our methods so you can apply it yourselves please get in touch.
24th February 2003, 9:54 AM
well done romeo, my experience of cycling clubs is of a clique who are far too keen to look down their noses at newcomers.as for holding races on open roads, how dangerous is that??the more traffic free circuits the better imokeep it up.
24th February 2003, 11:36 AM
yup, excellent stuff.I wish there were opportunities like that round where i live :-(
24th February 2003, 1:34 PM
Well done Addiscombe!I'd love to give that a go. Anyone know of any similar stuff for beginers going on in the Manchester Area?
24th February 2003, 1:48 PM
24th February 2003, 3:17 PM
Well, I wish the clubs down here(Cornwall) were as good as that. If you don't time trial here you can forget it!
24th February 2003, 10:32 PM
Must admit when I first started racing I nearly gave up several times as I got spat out the back all the time and wondered where the fun was.
Big Al (makes Smillie smile!)
25th February 2003, 2:15 PM
I rediscovered road racing last year thanks to some local events organised by The League International (dodgy name but decent org).They are running evening races throughout the summer nr Bournemouth on a MOD test circuit, so no traffic, handicap events so us slowies go off first, and a 3-mile circuit so even if you get dropped and cant jump on a foloowing group you can pick up when you get lapped for some training.Oh and entries are only £5!!! The last BCF race i did cost £18!Great for beginners to experience bunch racing with no pressure.They run events all over the country now and are as laid-back as most MTB events, if anyone wants details I'll fish them out tonight and post them up.
25th February 2003, 3:39 PM
If like me you are over 40 (just!), try the LVRC - they run loads of friendly, low cost (£5) and not too long races (most are between 40 and 60 miles). Also you can enter any category you like, regardless of age. So if you are say 41 and want to give racing a low key start, then enter the 60+ race, and expect to hang on to the bunch - you won't win, but you won't get ripped apart either. Great way to learn the ropes from riders who know what they are about also.