Novice Racers’ Training Days
During the course of the winter British Cycling is holding a series of Novice Racers’ Training days at Cyclopark. Aimed at those new to racing, their completion is now a requirement for 4th Cat racers wishing to take part in Surrey League events. Paceline members have been volunteering to help with the sessions, providing support to qualified British Cycling coach Huw Williams.
Dom Clegg reported back from the first session: “I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the session. I was expecting lots of standing around in the cold waiting for vague instructions but thankfully Huw was good at keeping to the point and getting on with the riding exercises.
“We started with a few minutes of ground school then went straight out onto the circuit for some warm up drills which were actually quite challenging in the strong cross wind – such as riding one handed and alternating one leg drills. Then we moved on to cornering by doing short loops around the hairpin on the circuit. Then bunch riding skills and through-and-off in a handicap format. The session was rounded off with some faster laps and sprints.
“Darren and I were on hand for pace setting and offering free advice. After two and a half hours on the circuit we went back inside for a break and more ground school on some general racing and fitness concepts.
“Overall several hours of high-quality advice and an excellent opportunity for new racers to get some close bunch riding under their belts. Time well spent for the riding marshalls as well.”
The two-part courses run on Sundays throughout the next few months. More information can be found on the Cyclopark Facebook page, or to book call 01474 831400.