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    CTT Time Trials & Club Records

    Official i-Team.cc CTT Standard Distance Club Records: 10 Miles: Senior Male - Ben Williams : 20:00 : P881R : 25 July 2018 Senior Female - TBE Junior Male - David Sinclair : 21:42 : P881/10 : 29 April 2006 Junior Female - Caitlin Peters : 22:00 : P883 : 7 August 2018 Juvenile Male - Matt Hickman : 21:19 : P883 : 14 August 2018 Juvenile Female - Caitlin Peters : 22:48 : P883 : 16 August 2017 Veteran Male - Warren Hannington : 22:06 : P901 : 9 July 2017 Veteran Female - TBE 25 Miles: Senior Male - Matt Doe : 56:14 : P885/25 : 2008 Junior Female - Caitlin Peters : 56:16 : R25/3H : 2018 Youth Female - Caitlin Peters : 57:15 : R25/3H : 27 June 2016 Veteran Male - Mark Sterling : 59:03 P881/25 : 23 July 2017 To be established / claimed: Youth Male / Junior Male / Junior Female / Veteran Female / Senior Female 50 Miles Senior Male - Dan Cole : 2:00:02 : G50/50 : 29 June 2014 Veteran Male - Mark Sterling : 2:06:31 : P417 : 17 May 2016 To be established / claimed: Youth Female / Youth Male / Junior Male / Junior Female / Senior Female / Veteran Female Please send a PM to Guy Watson if you have beaten any of the above times or have established a new club record in a CTT Event. Interested in Riding a TT? CTT time trials offer all abilities an easily accessible way of measuring your performance against others and against your previous performances - with a bit of research on the internet, you'll find that there are a suprising amount of events availble for you to take part in: Links: Link For CTT South DC course and events, including all local club events Link for National CTT Open Events Training for Time Trials What are CTT Time Trials? CTT Time Trials are a uniquly British institution, the events began when racing on British roads was illegal. Staggered starts at 1 minutes intervals meant that those competing could claim to be “just going about their business” and participants often wore all black clothing to be as inconspicuous as possible. What does 'P901 or G50/50' mean? Because racing on a public highway was illegal until 1960, courses were given codes, such as “G50/50” to maintain a secretive nature, so only those 'in the know' would know where the event was taking place. Because the codes were never changed to be more user friendly, (e.g. 'A3 - Liss - Liphook - Liss') - an element of mystery still exists around where CTT events take place. Thankfully the courses are now listed and easily discoverable on the main CTT website and the excellent CTT South website Where do I Start? Many clubs organise a weekly evening club time trial during summer months. Club events are open to all including non-club members and are a gateway into the sport of cycling. Events vary offering something for every rider, from courses on quiet country lanes to busy dual carriageways. Weekly courses are often 10 miles long, riders just arrive at the agreed time, pay £3, before being given a number which signifies what time they will start their race. The day and time is usually stated on the promoting cycling club’s website - so do a google search of cycling clubs in your area. If you want to specialise in CTT Time Trails, there are also 'Open' events. For Open events. you need to be a member of a club that is affiliated to Cycling Time Trials and enter the event about 10 days in advance. Do I Need a Special Bike or Special Equipment? All you need to start with is a serviceable bike and a helmet. In it's purest form, a Time Trial is about beating your previous personal best time, or beating a rival, with an effort that was better what you have managed perviously. However, for the same effort, a rider can go faster with a more aerodynamic bike - so you will see riders with expensive bikes who are on a mission to see how much time they can save with aero lightweight equipment. What's it Like to Ride a CTT Time Trial? It’s best to arrive at the event HQ about 1 hour before your event – giving you time to change, get your number, and use the toilet (multiple times) – then get to the start. which may be a few miles from the actual H.Q. MAke sure you have a chat to the organiser and other riders - tell them you are new to the sport - everyone should be more than wiling to help. Once the rider before you has been set off, you’ll be called forward and given the option of either being held up, with your feet in the pedals ready to go, or you can choose to start yourself. A time keeper, (probably a rather elderly individual, who was once a lot faster than you are!) will tell you when you have 30 seconds before your start, then 10, then 5, 4, 3, 2, 1: GO! At this point – you’ll either push on the pedals, and go, or clip in and go. For about 30 seconds you will be full of adreneline and will probably be going a lot faster than you can sustain for the distance - this is normal for most people! You may get caught by someone who started behind you, or you may catch someone who started in front of you - whatever happens you must not draft behind another rider - that's cheating - this sport is all be about unassisted individual effort. Make sure you keep your head up and look ahead, obey the highway code, and don't take risks on corners etc. that your skills cant match. Once you’ve completed the course, try and shout your number out as you pass the finish the time keeper, then roll back to the event HQ – where, you'll have quite a bit in common with about 50 others who will have taken part. You'll soon learn that Time Trials are all about pace judgement and maintaining as high a constant power output that you can over the distance - it takes practise! CTT time trials are similar to the Olympic Time Trial discipline in many ways, but unlike being the 'Race of Truth,' you will discover that sometimes, the biggest factor in how fast a competitor goes is how busy the course is with traffic! Each car or lorry that passes a rider disturbs the air that the rider is trying to push through, this results in the rider going faster than they would if the road was traffic free. Some competitors will actually travel many miles to seek out the busiest courses to set a 'traffic assissted' personal best time - this is a long way from the spirit with which the sport was founded, when legends like Frank Southall and Ray Booty set the standards - but it's an option open for you to explore if you like that sort of thing! The key thing to remember, if you discover that other riders finished an event with a PB that's faster than yours, it could be that they finished a long way down on the winner in a very fast 'traffic assisted' event.
  2. Enthusiastic Youths & Juniors can sometimes arrive at their first race, nervous, excited, eager to compete - only to be told that their bike falls foul of the regulations, 'because their bikes gearing is not compliant with the rules.' This can be confusing and frustrating for rider and parents, especially if a brand new bike was purchased in good faith and the shop said that the bike was 'race-ready.' Far from being over-zealous kill-joys, race oficials must follow the regulations set by international and national cycling organisations, which limit the top gear for all youth and junior racers participating in road and track races. This is because gear restrictions teach good pedaling techniques that will be essential later in life, help prevent injury, encourage good race tactics and level the playing field when children are developing at different rates. Above - All i-Youths and Juniors use gears appropriate for their age category IN TRAINING as well as when racing. WHY DO WE HAVE GEAR RESTRICTIONS? Young riders develop at different rates, restricting gears helps put all riders on a fair and equal standing, rather than always favouring the strongest children who happen to develop early. (Such early developers might win lot's to start with but then struggle later when it comes to Junior and Adult racing.) Young bodies repair quickly but are vulnerable to overuse injuries, restricting gears helps to avoid injuriies due strength imbalances in fast growing children. To be succesful as an adult in bike racing, you have to pedal big gears fast - not push big gears slowly. So you first have to teach your body to pedal restricted gears fast, ready for when the real strength comes later in life. Restricted gears encourage young riders to succeed in races using tactics, as opposed to races being dominated to who can push the biggest gear in the group. This will help to support the riders in learning the techniques which they will need throughout their competitive career. WHAT GEARS ARE MY SON OR DAUGHTER ALLOWED TO USE IN RACES? All bikes should be checked prior to the event and the first three riders plus any picked at random in addition to those using gear locking should be rechecked as soon as the event finishes. If a bike does not meet the regulations the rider will be disqualified. Please note that the sprocket and chain ring combination cannot be used in isolation to assess gear size. The absolute measure for gear restriction is the distance travelled in one complete revolution of the cranks. Tyre dimensions; please be aware that although the manufacturer may detail their tyres as a standard dimensions, there will be variations from brand to brand. For example because it says “23” on the side does not mean it’s the same as another tyre with “23” on the side, HOW TO CHECK YOUR GEARS The test to see if a race bike is legal, i.e. if it's top gear is not over the biggest (hardest to push) gear that is permitable for each age category, is called the "rollout test" - it checks the distance that a bike travels in a straight line with one full pedal revolution, when in top gear. Click Here for video on how to perform a gear check BRITISH CYCLING AGE CATEGORIES & MAXIMUM GEARS ALLOWED: YOUTH A (Under 16 - from 1st January in year of 15th Birthday until 31st December in year of 16th birthday) Maximum Gear = 6.93 metres (e.g. 39x12 / 42x13 / 47x15 / 52x16) YOUTH B (Under 14 - from 1st January in year of 13th Birthday until 31st December in year of 14th birthday) Maximum Gear = 6.45 metres (e.g. 39x13 / 42x14 / 45x15 / 51x17) YOUTH C (Under 12 - from 1st January in year of 11th Birthday until 31st December in year of 12th birthday) Maximum Gear = 6.05 metres (e.g. 39x14 / 42x15 / 45x16 / 48x17) YOUTH D (Under 10 - from 1st January in year of 9th Birthday until 31st December in year of 10th birthday) Maximum Gear = 5.40 metres (e.g. 41x16 / 43x17 / 46x18 / 49x19) YOUTH E (Under 8 - until 31st December in year of 8th birthday) Maximum Gear = 5.10 metres (e.g. 39x16 / 41x17 / 43x18 / 48x19) N.B. For track and roller racing events where an exceptionally talented Youth A, B or C rider has received dispensation from British Cycling HQ to compete against riders of an older category, then that rider shall be restricted in gearing to that of the older category. JUNIORS (Under 19 / OVER 16 - From 1st Jan of year in which 17th birthday falls to 31st December of year in which 18th birthday falls.) Maximum Gear = 7.93 metres (e.g. 52x14) Click Here to Download a chart of gear ratios COACH, GUY WATSON ANSWERS SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: "I've done a roll-out test on my son's road bike but the gear is too big - what can I do?" If your gear is not too far over, the easiest thing to do is to adjust the rear deraileur, using the limit screws, so that the chain will not go onto the smallest sprockets and/or adjust the front deraileur so that the chain will not go on to the large chainring. If this is beyond the adjustment limits of the deraileur, you will have to buy a new cassette for the rear and possibly new chain rings. You can buy after market chainrings in lots of different sizes to fit any cranks - but you need to know the PCD (pitch circle diameter) - it should be etched on your existing chain rings next to where it says number of teeth. Modern Campagnolo are typically 135mm PCD Shimano are 110mm PCD Some FSA cranks are different again and are 130mm PCD. It may be easier / cheaper to buy new cranks to suit the rings that are available - in which case, you should go for 165mm cranks. 170mm are just about OK but 172.5 are more difficult to spin with restricted gearing and long cranks over 165/170mm in length are far from ideal as they place a lot of strain on knee joints. BBB do a range of SRAM and Shimano compatable Youth and Junior casettes with a 16 tooth smallest sprocket "Guy, what would you recomend is the best combination for a me? I am a Youth B (U14) I'm currently allowed a maximum gear of 6.45m, e.g. 46 tooth biggest front chainring and a 15 tooth smallest rear sprocket. The trouble is that my bike came with 53 and 39 tooth chainrings and a 13/14/15/16/18/20/23/26 rear cassette - but if I wind the rear deraileur screw all the way in, I can't stop the chain from going on to the small sprockets..." The no-cost option is to adjust the front deraileur so that you can't use the big chainring (but can still trim the front mech to avoid chain rub) The problem with this set up is that gears are really not designed to run that far out of line (bigest sprocket and biggest chain ring or smallest sprocket and smallest chainring) - this combination will run rough, wear out your chain quickly and may jump in a sprint. I would recommend buying a 45 tooth chainring - put your 53 ring aside for a few years. This will then give you 45 & 39 tooth chainrings up front - pretty close ratio but stll usable and it will help with keeping the chain from unshipping. Depending on how narrow your tyres are, you might get away with a 46 tooth chainring up front, which would be ueseful for Youth A gears in a season or 2. "Can I buy a Youth bike with everything set up correctly for Youth racing?" Definitely, I recommend the following: Road Bikes: Isla Bikes offer a great range Track Bikes: Dolan make some of the best Youths grow out of their bikes quickly, so you should be able to find one of the above 2nd hand on eBay etc. and purchase it for less than the cost of a new so-called youth bike that has gears that are not appropriate for racing. Alternatively, if you are mechanically minded, you can start form scratch with a small frame and build up with 2nd Hand parts such as in these 2 examples: Above, keeping it all in proportion: Youth C custom bike, built from scratch around a 43cm women's frame, with: Full size 700c wheels 155mm cranks 45 x 34 chainrings 16 up rear casette Above, money-no-object for a very lucky Youth E - imported from Italy! 550c wheels (tubulars) 145mm cranks 42 x 34 chainrings 15 up rear casette
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    Hall of Fame

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  4. Engage / Contribute / Benefit... Whether you like to cycle solo, or as part of a group, you can still take an active role in our club. As is always the case with any organisation or club, you may need to make some form of initial commitment before you get anything back. To get the most out of being a member of i-Team, you ideally should try to stay in touch with other members either using the member's web areas or by taking part in club rides when possible. i-Team is definitely a club that rewards do-ers! Membership Benefits For All... Membership of an active, friendly and professionally run club - proven track record for providing a quality cycling club service for it's members since 2003 and acreddited with Sport England Club Mark & British Cycling Go-Ride status Membership of a club affiliated to British Cycling, Cycling Time Trials, & more - so you can represent i-Team.cc in races and organised cycling events, wherever you live in the U.K. or Worldwide. (N.B. i-Team has the largest number of British Cycling members in the South division) Access to discounted introductory British Cycling Membership packages - B.C. membership provides adequate 3rd party insurance when riding - If you ride with us, you'll know that other members have some level of insurance Access to organised Club Rides - Only members can regularly take part in club rides and activities - (non members are allowed a maximum of 3 rides to make up their minds if we are the right club for them before joining) Access to purchase our professionally designed, pro-team quality club clothing - as previosuly worn by riders like Dani King, Jon Dibben and Joe Truman Access to our own integrated Cycling Club Social Network that pre-dates Facebook & Twitter - Uniquely to i-Team - everyone uses their real names and photos, so it is easy to get to know everyone online, ready for when you meet them out on the road - Interact and ask questions and receive qualified answers from experienced and helpfull team mates, including our British Cycling qualified club coaches. Access to Our British Cycling Qualified Coaches - Save time and money by talking to our British Cycling Level 1, 2, & 3 Qualified Coaches before you purchase that expensive set of wheels, or start following that training program you've downloaded from a source on the net (how can the source know what is right for you - why do tennis players, track & field athletes, pro cyclists etc. have coaches?) Types of i-Team.cc Membership... Full Standard Senior Membership (£25) - i.e. you intend to ride with other members - and/or you intend to take part in British Cycling sanctioned Races and Events - N.B. i-Team.cc MUST be your only or 'First Clain' cycling club Concessionary Membership (£10) - i.e. you are under 18 years of age or over 65, or on limited income (unemployed or full-time student) - you intend to ride with other members - and/or you intend to take part in British Cycling sanctioned Races and Events - N.B. i-Team.cc MUST be your only or 'First Clain' cycling club Family Membership (£1.50 when purchased with a Full Membership ) - For non-racing members who are close family of Full Standard Members - N.B. It is strongly recommended that this is added to under 18's membership so that a parent can access club forums to check for upcoming events, access feedback from coaching sessions etc. Associate Membership (£15) - For non-riding members (but sometimes this is made available for former members etc, who want to maintain links and ride with ride with their former club - please contact us and we will get back to you ASAP Terms & Conditions... All members must agree to read & abide by our Membership Guidelines All members must agree to read & abide by our Child Protection Policy If you plan to take part in any group rides or coaching sessions you are requested to become familiar with the i-Team Group Riding Guide All members must agree to join i-Team and take part in any events at their own risk and not hold i-Team as a club, or other members liable for any loss or injury To remain a member, British Cycling membership with 3rd Party Liability Insurance must be up to date If your membership subscription is not renewed by 31st January in the year that it is due, your membership will lapse, and you will not be eligible to ride with other members on club rides, or access the members website. If we do not hear from you by June 1st., you will be deemed to have left the club and we will delete your membership profile and you may not be eligible to take part in club rides and events N.B. With the exception of 'Associate / Family Membership' i-Team.cc must be your first ‘claim club’ (i.e. you don’t race for another club and then expect to benefit from our club rides, coaching sessions, chain gangs, or training rides,) Joning i-Team is now easier than ever before.. Click on this link to purchase i-Team.cc membership via British Cycling's website Complete all sections of your British Cycling membership profile - especially next-of-kin details Click the i-Team.cc Terms & Conditions & also the B.C. Terms & Conditions links at the payment gateway Because i-Team.cc uses the British Cycling Club Membership Tool, your personal details are automatically added club records You will normally be sent an email to the address on your British Cycling profile within 24 hours, with the disclaimer form that you will need to sign and return to complete your application In the rare event (it hasn't happened yet,) that your membership is not accepted, you will be notified and will recive a refund of your i-Team.cc membership fee in the form of a cheque, sent to the address that you regsistered with British Cycling. You will then be sent a welcome email with your log-in details for the members areas of club website, where you can access lots of information about club activities and get to know your fellow team mates better. If you send a stamped self-addressed envelope - we will send you an i-Team.cc plastic 'credit card' type membership card and QR code ICE helmet sticker Individual, and Family Memberships - Example Total Costs Including British Cycling Membership Example One: You are a single adult member over 18, who wants to ride with our members: You will need to pay £25 for i-Team membership and £43 for British Cycling Race Silver membership - total £68.00 (price correct of 01/01/2018 - see Britsh Cycling Website to check) That's £1.31 per week, for the opportunity of being able to ride with your club at least once a week and/or compete for your club, plus having the peace of mind from being adequately insured whilst cycling Example Two: You are a single adult member over 18, who wants to take part in Sportives: You will need to pay £25 for i-Team membership and £33.30 for British Cycling Ride membership - total £58.30 (price correct of 01/01/2018 - see Britsh Cycling Website to check) That's £1.12 per week, for the opportunity of being able to ride with your club at least once a week and/or having the peace of mind from being adequately insured whilst cycling Example Three: You are over 18 and you and your partner and 2 children want to accompany you on some club rides with other members: Purchase Full Senior Membership for £25.00 Plus 3x Partner / Family Membership £1.50 Total = £29.50 Add British Cycling Family Ride Membership at £79.20 (price correct of 01/01/2018 ) Total £104.20 / £26.05 per rider, or £2.00 per week for the family to be a member of a club, for the opportunity of being able to ride with your club at least once a week and/or having the peace of mind from you all being adequately insured whilst cycling Example Four: You are not a cyclist yourself but your 14 year old child want's to race: Purchase i-Team.cc Youth Membership for £10.00 (includes one non-riding Associate Membership for you) Purchase British Cycling British Cycling Under 16 Youth Silver Race Membership for £20.70 (price correct of 01/01/2018 Total: £30.70 for both of you to be members of i-Team.cc, plus your child can race & and be adequately insured whilst cycling Example Five: You are over 65, Full Time Student or experiencing financial difficulties: Please contact us (in confidence) to discuss Typical Member Profiles... Here is a bit more information about what our members do... Racers: Youth (8-15 years) - Learn to ride fast & safe with our Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing - Progress to riding with older members on club runs and chain gangs - train with our Racing Development Squad - be eligible for selection for our R.D.S. Race Team - Compete in British Cycling sanctioned events Junior (16-17 years) - Develop racing skills with our Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing - Progress to riding with older members on club runs and chain gangs - train with our Racing Development Squad - be eligible for selection for our R.D.S. Race Team - Compete in British Cycling Road & Track events U23 / Senior (18-29 years) - Develop & Maintain racing skills with our Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing - Progress to riding with older members on club runs and chain gangs - train with our Racing Development Squad - be eligible for selection for our R.D.S. Race Team - Compete in British Cycling Road & Track events Master / Veteran / Super Veteran (30-39 / 40-49 / 50+ years) - Develop & Maintain racing skills with our Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing - Progress to riding with older members on club runs and chain gangs - train with our Racing Development Squad - be eligible for selection for our R.D.S. Race Team - Compete in British Cycling Road & Track events and LVRC events Club Rider: (All Ages) - Ride with other members on club runs and chain gangs, U.K. Sportives such as Ride London, Tour of Wessex, Dragon Ride - or overseas sportives such as Tour of Flanders, Etape du Tour, Marmotte - overseas cycling holidays organised by members for members Female Rider: (All Ages) - Ride with other female members on club rides, U.K. Sportives such as Ride London, Tour of Wessex, Dragon Ride - or overseas sportives such as Tour of Flanders, Etape du Tour, Marmotte - overseas cycling holidays organised by members for members Novice: (All Ages) - Although we are not a club that is dedicated to novices, we all remember what it was like to be starting out. perhaps a bit unsure of riding in a group, or a bit afraid to look daft by asking basic questions - fear not! - If you are keen and want to improve your cycling, bring a positive atitude and are willing to learn - there will be a special welcome for you and lot's of encouragement garanteed Off-Road / MTB / Dirt: (All Ages) - i-Team.cc has it's own off-road circuit in private woodland for exclusive use of i-Team.cc members. We organise weekly group MTB rides and also in the summer evenings we organise coaching sessions, delivered by our British Cycling Level 2 MTB coaches. If you have any enquiries - please contact us and we will get back to you ASAP
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    P.S.o.C.R. - Information For Parents

    As a parent, you will want to ensure that your child is safe whenever they undertake any type of sports activity without your supervision. You will no doubt be reassured that for your child's saftey. Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing is organised by i-Team.cc, which is accredited with British Cycling's Go-Ride & Sport England's Clubmark Accreditation, which require clubs to operate to the highest standards of organisation. As part of i-Team.cc's ClubMark Accreditaion, Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing is administrated by a dedicated committee that consists of coaches, parents and helpers: All P.S.o.C.R. committee members, coaches and helpers are members of i-Team.cc, individual members of British Cycling and have passed a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check P.S.o.C.R. has two Club Welfare Officers, who are required to attend a Child Protection Course P.S.o.C.R. has Go-Ride sessions for under 16's are delivered by British Cycling qualified coaches, who are also required to attend courses on Child Protection & Equity, follow British Cycling's Code of Conduct, and hold a current First Aid certificate P.S.o.C.R. operates under the i-Team.cc Child Protection Policy, which follows British Cycling guidelines for Safeguarding & Protecting Children Quality coaching in traffic free, controlled environments: P.S.o.C.R. delivesr coaching activities in traffic-free environments. For most sessions, any type of bike can be used, so long as it is not to big or small for your child, in good condition and well maintained. Suitable clothing and a cycling helmet must be worn. The sessions teach the necessary skills to make riders more competent, safer cyclists and be able to progress on to racing, should they so desire. What will my child gain from this? The Go-Ride programme of cycling activities promotes good health and includes fun activities that are easy to learn. As obesity levels in young people rise, cycling can be seen as a very enjoyable way of getting exercise and countering a sedentary lifestyle. We also enforce good behaviour and promote good social skills. We have experience with children on the Autistic spectrum and ADHD. Will my child be safe? All Go-Ride clubs have a commitment to ongoing training for their volunteers, coaches and officials, to have a sound structure, to be fair and equitable and to undertake training to support British Cycling's Policies and Guidelines for child protection and best practice. All parents are required to sign a disclaimer before their child takes part in our sessions. P.S.o.C.R. coaches and/or helpers may take suitable photographs of participants to use for promotion of our coaching sessions. Parents may also take photographs of their children with other participants. If you do not want pictures of your child to be used for these purposes, just let one of our coaches or helpers know. What are the risks of cycling / cycle racing? Like any sport, Cycling does have its inherent risks, which all riders and parents must accept - especially when new skills are being learnt. Even the best professional riders still fall off occasionally. To mitigate these risks, all coaching sessions are risk assessed and i-Team.cc / P.S.o.C.R. takes all relevant actions to reduce risks to what coaches decide to be a tollerable level. P.S.o.C.R. follows British Cycling's strict limits on coach/rider ratios, which is specific to the coaching facility, coaching activity, coach qualifications and the ability mix of the group. As such, we do everything in our power to provide a safe environment in which your child can cycle and can learn the skills that will ultimately make their cycling safer. What qualifications do our cycling coaches have? All P.S.o.C.R. coaches are British Cycling qualified or coaches or coaches in training. All British Cycling coaching awards include sports coach UK's Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop, which helps to ensure that our club provides a safe and welcoming environments for young people of all backgrounds. Coaches are also encouraged to broaden their knowledge to suit their particular requirements, for example, attending the sports coach UK workshop How to Coach Disabled People in Sport. Usefull Links: For more detailed information, see >>>British Cycling Safeguarding
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    Testimonials

    Rob Hayles- World Champion & Olympic Medal Winning Professional Bike Rider - "Since 2004, I have been the President of i-Team. This team has been set up by one of my oldest friends in cycling, Guy Watson. Guy was a member of my first ever cycling club, Portsmouth CC, way back in the late 80's and he helps me today with the Team KLR Elite Team. I like original ideas and i-Team is a unique concept, that works for a hell of a lot of cyclists." Kevin Knowles - Kendal, Cumbria "I took up cycling after fell-running took its toll on my body! I tried to follow my previous footsteps on a Mountain Bike, but after a holiday in France I came back a convert to road biking. I was looking for help and support, but not really confident enough in my ability to join a traditional club, so I thought I'd give i-Team a go. After 2 years I am now riding sportives, audax and social rides. I even attacked the Etape du Tour last year. What an experience! (albeit let's just say I have some unfinished business in this event!) I've gone from complete novice to competent rider in no time at all, thanks to the help, information and support given to me by fellow team members at various events around the country, as well as a few that even traveled up to my local sportive event, The Fred whitton. Plus the members only forum is in my opinion the best forum of its kind in the world. My partner, having seen my experience and confidence grow since I joined has also now joined the team. Will you be next?" Phillip Chandler - Portsmouth, Hampshire "I have been with i-team for nearly a year now and can confidently say that joining the club has been the best move that I have ever made. Prior to this I used to puttle around the back lanes of Purbrook at my own sedate pace in an attempt to lose a bit of body weight and trying to achieve a modicum of fitness. I had always enjoyed cycling but was very sceptical about my own ability level and whether somebody of my age (49) and weight (ex prop forward) would fit in with the numerous club opportunities available – A vision in Lycra I am not! What I really needed was a little bit of 'positive stroking' or a 'kick up the backside', then somebody at work suggested I look at the i-team site – from that point I have never looked back. You can do as much or as little as you like and there are no pressures or commitments placed upon you. Everybody (and I mean everybody) that I have met through the team has had the time to listen to my probably naive questions with great patience and has proffered me some excellent advice. The camaraderie of the 'team rides' really does have to be experienced. At first I was always at the rear but coached and encouraged by my fellow i-teamers, I can now at least hold my own and thoroughly look forward to these weekly events. With improved performance, comes confidence. This time last year, if someone had told me I'd be entering 65 mile-plus sportives, I'd have referred them to the nearest psychiatrist. Now, I've invested in a new bike and am looking forward to new challenges. The team is run in a most impressively professional manner. The Team Manager always has time for everyone (where he finds it, I know not) and his coaching advice is of the top drawer. So, if you're like me and would like to improve but are a little self-conscious and unsure – take the plunge and join the best cycling club in Britain. Trust me, you won't regret it. Jonnie Woodal M.B.E. - Shrewsbury, Shropshire "This is just to say thank you and to let you know how much I've enjoyed my first year with i-Team. I have ridden 5168.26 miles since acquiring the Zeppelin and 4680.79 in the 12 months since 1 Jan 04. My weight has gone from something like 110kg down to 97.1kg and my RHR from 53 to 45. I feel about 10 years younger and am no longer knackered at the end of every day. A great deal of this is due to the support and encouragement that membership of i-Team brings and the good advice I have received from our Coach. So I can honestly say that joining i-Team, more than anything else, has had the biggest impact on my cycling." Kevin Astle - Ibstock, Leicestershire "Before I joined the i-team in May 2004 I weighed about 15 and a half stone.Since then over the past 7 months I have lost about 10 pounds. Although I still weigh about 14 stone 10 pounds,I feel generally fitter and I am enjoying cycling once again after a 14 year lay off,during which I gained weight and led a mostly sedentary lifestyle. Being part of the i-team has given me some focus and has inspired me to aim for new goals,the usual ones for those on the comeback trail; Get fitter,lose weight,train more,race again etc. Of course when one is middle aged as I am,it is not easy to get fit again after a long lay off.However I have found that age is no barrier to fitness as other members older than me are much fitter and have given me the inspiration and self belief to continue to strive to achieve my goals with determination. I believe that the i-team has been so successful because of it's non-elitist policy towards all comers that are made welcome regardless of age, experience,sex etc.I can easily foresee that in a few short years the i-team could go on to be one of the biggest cycling clubs in the U.K. Certainly, the clubs website has been the key to it's success.With such ease of access ability and great communication between the club coach and founder Guy Watson,it's president Rob hayles and members it must have one of the best cycling club websites on the internet.Whilst being art of the i-team I have found new avenues of the sport that I have never tried before. This year for the first time I have ridden a number of challenge and endurance rides that have revealed a much loved non-competitive branch of the sport as a way of building up endurance fitness and socialising with other riders from all over the U.K.This has further demonstrated to me that cycling can be enjoyed by anyone at any level regardless of age,sex or fitness. It is my ambition to further develop with the i-team throughout 2005 and to continue to ride challenge and endurance rides. I would also like to race again in road races and time trials as well as perhaps ride on the track for the first time. I look forward to many more years in the sport and with the team as I continue to develop and contribute as a rider and member. I wish our founder Guy Watson,our president Rob Hayles our sponsors and all of our members every success in the future." Andy Jones - Winchester, Hampshire "At the age of 40 years, it is safe to say that I have belonged to a few cycling clubs and sports clubs over the years. I can honestly say that the i-team concept is a master stroke that fits perfectly with my hectic lifestyle. As an amateur racer it is always hard to find the time to train, get good advice on how to improve your performances and hold down that all important job. I used to train very much on my own, the clubs that I belonged to always seem to be unable to organise and co-ordinate training or race meetings etc.. this is something that i-team excels at and the communication between the club members is superb! I don't think I turned up to single race last year to be without a team member at my side, sharing the work, absolutely fantastic. Advice is always available from a huge user group that are always willing to give support at the click of a button. This has saved me countless hours in trial & error experiments on deciding new training routines, type of diet best for me, to the latest bit of kit for the bike. I recommend anyone interested in cycling, whether it be for a bit of fun or to become a serious racer to join i-team, you won't regret it!" Jon Williams - Alderley Edge, Cheshire "I found i-team in the winter of 2004 while looking at various web-sites, I could see from the start that this was the team for me and my son, Sean.Why? because it different, modern, up to date, very friendly and most important, is doing all it can to get "Bums on Bikes" to improve them and if they want to help them to race/train better - this as always been one of my main objectives. Up until 2000 we were in a Racing Team that had strong links with the cycling mad people of Ghent in Belgium, due to the death of the co-founder of the team and the winding up of it we were not happy with the "old ways" of our other local clubs and needed more. We found it with i-team..........." Robert Towers - Gosport, Hampshire "i-team is more than a club for me, its a chance for people to share their knowledge and experience with others in a friendly environment. Which works very well, the members are first class as is the way the club is run. People are always willing to help others. I look forward to staying a member for a long time and the beauty of i-team is if i move away i can stay a member. Thanks i-team!" Steve Smith - Lee On Solent, Hampshire "I've been with the i-team since September 2004 and during that time have gained in fitness on the bike I used to be in a cycling club about 20 years ago and made some good lifelong friends, only problem was that it was another night a week out of your life, with the i-team web based club you manage to keep more of your free time available for everything else that is just as important having real names and real pictures of members on the bulletin board is something that really helps, also the ability to look back at previous posts means that the information is always available to those questions you need the answer for I would say that for todays pace of life, i-team is the perfect solution for the busy cyclist." Nick Fitt - Bognor Regis, West Sussex "i-Team is the only club I have ever seen or heard of that caters pretty extensively for any kind of cycle sport at pretty much any level. Hats off to Guy for creating cycling Nirvana!" Richard Stephens - Shrewsbury, Shropshire "I echo all the comments above. I was introduced to the club by Trevor Payne in Portsmouth (spinning instructor and top end biathlete) and have not looked back since. For me the club is ideal; I live in Shrewsbury @ weekends and leave periods and work in Portsmouth. To that end, I train @ weekends with Jonnie Woodall and the boys and during the week meet up with the Portsmouth boys whenever possible (Goodwood racing in particular and hopefully training @ Mountbatten centre during winter on Thursday nights). The strength of the club is the website; this medium enables me to keep in touch wherever I am (once logged on in Canberra Australia while awaiting a flight) and act as a very effective on-line training manual by drawing on the vast array of talent out there, from doctors to coaches, as well as very experienced enthusiasts. I look forward to many more years with the club and would encourage anybody interested in cycling, who wishes to receive a warm welcome and encouragement, whatever their age, sex or ability, join at the earliest opportunity. PS: The team kit is very noticeable as well (my wife thinks I look like Spiderman!)" John Rogerson - Southsea, Hampshire "It is now one year since I joined i-team. I initially joined with the sole purpose of getting through the Etape, crossing it off my list of things done and then finding another challenge to get my teeth into with a see you later i-team. Needless to say, I've thoroughly enjoyed the year. I'm signed up for next year's etape and am currently getting my teeth into some racing. I think I'll be sticking around for some time - Cheers"
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    What is Coaching?

    Effective coaching is at the heart of cycling performance at every level - so access to quality coaching is just as important to someone preparing for their first sportive as it is to an experienced club rider, or even a professional athlete. But what exactly is a coach and what does coaching have to offer the club cyclist? Coaches can be volunteers or highly paid professionals, they can be unqualified, highly qualified, be new to a sport or a highly experienced athlete - but none of these things automatically mean that a coach will be effective. To become an effective coach, it's not about reaching a finishline, such as gaining a qualification, it's about a commitment to an ongoing process of self development. In basic terms, coaches are responsible for training athletes by analysing their performances, instructing in relevant skills and by providing advice on how to prepare for events. In addition they can potentially be an instructor, assessor, friend, mentor, facilitator, chauffeur, demonstrator, adviser, supporter, fact finder, motivator, counsellor, organiser, planner and the Fountain of all Knowledge. However, very few individuals on earth can do all of the above (especially the last item ) but an effective coach should tick most of the following boxes: Have sufficient knowledge of the subject - i.e. knowledge that is demonstrably applicable to the specific to the task Can analyse what the real need is - e.g. don't make presumptions, check a rider knows how to correctly perform the basics, even if they've made an initial approach about something advanced Can communicate effectively - sometimes experienced riders struggle to explain the things that they do instinctively to a beginner and so the best riders don't always make the best coaches. Be open to new ideas and be committed to ongoing development - sport science and coaching techniques are constantly evolving, so a coach who was an expert in their field ten years ago won't necessarily be at top pf their game today, unless they keep in touch with current best practise and the latest knowledge. British Cycling offers coaches some of the best training available and their qualifications are recognised by Sport England, so all i-Team coaches start their development by taking a Level 1 or 2 qualification. The information and techniques used by British Cycling qualified coaches are based on the experience gained from the Great Britain Cycling Team Olympic Performance Pathway Once qualified, British Cycling coaches are authorized and insured to perform activities ranging from assisting in facilitating a coaching session, through to providing 1-2-1 individual coaching programs - the following table gives an overview and comparison on some of the different types of coach: What can coaches do once qualified? Within cycling generally, there is an anomaly. At Elite level, athletes will regularly mention how they work with their coaches - i.e. even though they are at the top of their sport, with years of experience and fantastic technique, they still need coaches to provide objective analysis and advice. Level 2 and especially Level 3 coaches can often be far more useful to a rider than they may realise, - e.g. they can provide qualifed & objective advice on: Equipment Choices; e.g. saddle height, crank length, bar width, gearing, tyre pressures (notice no mention of how light something might be ) Training Advice; e.g. how to prepare correctly for a sportive, what to do the day before a race, how to come back from an illness Performance Analysis & Benchmarking; e.g. how fit are you compared to where you were last month / year / compared to your club mates and rivals? - how do you know that your training having the desired effect? Tactics; e.g. how to position yourself in a group, when to initiate an attack, how to observe rivalsNotational Analysis; e.g. do you know why you won? Do you know why you lost? A coach can observe you performance and identify strengths and weaknesses by observing your performance live or using video and analysing things like your average position in the race, how many attacks you could make and follow, where you lost contact with a group, what gear were you in on the climb? Who was on your wheel most often...
  8. Guy_Watson

    Racing Development Squad

    Normally a Race Team is set up around a headline sponsor such as a bike shop, and then riders are recruited from surrounding local cycling clubs. Coach-led club i-Team.cc's innovation is the formation of a Race Team that completes the club development pathway, from our youth section, Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing’ for 8-16 year olds, and then progressing on to our Racing Development Squad for 15+yr olds. A Balanced Approach: Previous to forming The Racing Development Squad, i-Team.cc was like most Go-Ride clubs, in that we would identify and nurture talent, and then pass talented riders on to either the Olympic Development Program. (Dani King, Kate Calvert, Jon Dibben, Joe Truman,) or an Elite Team (Richard Heathcote, Dave Sinclair.) Unfortunately, not all talented and ambitious riders are able to follow the same paths, and that's where the Racing Development Squad comes in to provide the support during the transition from ambitious Club Rider to Elite Sportsman or woman, and so help avoid something that no doubt many club cyclists and coaches will be familiar with: Young rider starts to win some local races, attracts attention of a shop race team or sponsored club, gets offered the chance to ride in a jersey with lots of writing all over it, possibly some help with a bike or equipment and decides to 'move on.' All too often a young rider with ambition (or overly ambitious parents,) will look at where they are now and where they want to be, draw a line between their current club and a professional team, then think that moving to a new team ot club is the logical next step towards their dream. The reality is that all too often, riders learn that moving to a new club does not suddenly make them a better rider, and in fact what they have done is remove themselves from an environment that was one of the reason they started to be successful in the first place. Some riders niavely think they can always have their cake and eat it, i.e. move on to another club and then expect to still be welcomed on club runs etc. Most clubs will be very supportive if a new club offers new opportunities, i.e. access to National or International races, coaching supports, help with bikes and equipment - however, if a rider says they are 'moving on' and on the face of it, they are just satisfying their ego more than anything else, they should not expect their former club mates to always be as supportive, because essentially the leaver is saying 'I'm better than you lot!' Now in terms of talent and ability, that may well be the case - but talent without desire to work hard, or ability without guidance, will mean that for the majority of riders who decide to 'Move on,' the reality usually follows one of these 2 scenarios: A perfect storm of trying to manage the biggest transitions they will ever make, from Youth to Junior, without the support network that got them to there in the first place, then not achieving the results that they (or their parents) were expecting, increased pressure & decreased enjoyment. Rider then either spends a season or 2 in the wilderness, with variable results, or worst case 'moves on' from cycling completely. Rider continues to steadily progress towards their goals without dissruption Unfortunately the last scenario is quite rare and the first scenario is far more common than it should be - so what's the alternative? Riders and parents need to take a reality check and ask themselves: Has anything really held me back yet? - i.e. is the reason that I got a kicking in a National Race, or Overseas Event down to the jersey on my back? How can I get access to better coaching? - i.e. can I stay in the club I'm in and employ my own coach - have I even discussed my training and goals with my club coach yet? What the Racing Development Squad provides for our riders is a clear route to progress. If we can feed you in to an Elite Team, we will - in the interim, we will teach you how to train, push you to be as good as you can be - and most importantly, teach you how to recognise and appretiate those who support you. What the Racing Development Squad Provides: What the Racing Development Squad Expects: Our Racing Development Squad Riders have very clearly defined responsibilities to their club, sponsors and supporters, and are taught how to maintain their bikes and not expect everything to be done for them. Riders are also taught how to be ‘Brand Ambassadors’ for suppliers associated with the team. In short, we want riders to feel that they have some support – but not feel like ‘they’ve made it,’ so we want them to get used to looking after their sponsors and fulfilling obligations to the team, club and supporters. Advantages: The riders already know each other well, including their team mates’ individual strengths and weaknesses The riders are already well bonded as a team, and already motivate, encourage and support each other The riders know their coach and Team Manager, now how to train smart and work hard. The Race Team is being funded by some generous patrons and together with support from Southsea Cycles and some negotiations with suppliers, we have been able to secure an excellent team package that includes: 1-2-1 Coaching Package from PowerCoach Plus, any additional help that can be negotiated with any suppliers & supporters who wish to be associated with our team Riders continue to steadily progress towards their goals without dissruption, with the help of a process combining quality coaching, mentoring and self-reflection Making 'The Grade,' Harnessing Ambition & Managing Transitions : In 1997 Peter Keen studied the sporting careers of Senior World Champions - statistics showed on average it took 8 years of training to get Olympic Medals. Shorter (e.g. Nicole Cooke) or longer (e.g. Joop Zoetemelk) timescales are possible but there will be increased risk of failure though burn-out & injuries. Go-Ride & Talent Team became an important priority for BC, the thinking being that starting the 8 year climb early will result in younger champions. Up to 2008 there was a high drop out rate from talent team because the ‘numbers game’ wasn’t working as well as originally thought, because the 8 year climb can only start when a rider is ready mentally & physically. More emphasis is now being placed on forming club clusters or 'Super Clubs' (ClubMark) to support young riders who start early, or develop late, plus catch any riders who drop off the ODP pathway. This where i-Team.cc sees it's role and how the Racing Development Squad fits in to our development pathway. Who's Next?
  9. Guy_Watson

    What is i-Team?

    What is i-Team? i-Team (The Internet Team) is a cycling club, affiliated to British Cycling, Cycling Time Trials, & more - so you can represent i-Team.cc in races and organised cycling events, wherever you live in the U.K. or Worldwide. i-Team is not a commercial organisation or owned by a company - it is run by it's members for members - so we won't try to sell you something. Members young and old come from all walks of life and compete in all forms of cycling at all levels - some are complete beginners, some win races. We don't care what bike you ride or how fast you ride it, as long as you respect the history of the sport and share our passion for cycling. How & When Did i-Team Begin? i-Team was founded in the Portsmouth area in 2003 by Guy Watson with support & encouragement from John Hayles (Rob Hayles' Dad) - none of us really knew if the club would grow any further! But i-Team quickly took off because a lot of non-club cyclists got what we were about - or probably more accurately, what we were not about. Back then, we might not have been steeped in history, but that meant we could easily adapt to our target market - the thousands of new cyclists who were taking up the sport. By 2005 the i-Team had 270 members, and in association with then sponsor Wheel2Wheel, entered a team of 40 members and guests in the Etape du Tour. On 19/11/2003 i-Team became one of the first clubs in the U.K. to become Go-Ride registered and on 28/11/2014, i-Team was awarded Sport England ClubMark status, the universally acknowledged cross sport accreditation scheme for community sports clubs. What is an 'Internet Cycling Club?' Before Twitter & Facebook, and long before a lot of clubs even had a web site, i-Team.cc (the Internet Team) provided a dedicated social media website that reached out to cyclists wherever they were, and also allowed members to easily interact with each other, without having to physically get down to a club house meeting (the idea being to maximise the time available to meet up and cycle with each other.) Because we were ahead of the curve in anticipatting the Social Media explosion, we've had time to grow and adapt organically, and continue to provide our members with something that is unique to i-Team.cc: - a private, safe, professional and friendly environment for our members to meet up on-line, to discuss their passion for cycling and arrange rides with each other. So, like most clubs, we use Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to reach out and make public announcements - but our members use private forums to discuss club business, plans for future rides, give feedback, encourage each other, ask questions and pass on experience. Doing Things Differntly, Doing Things Well, Olympic Gold Medals, 100's of Members... Members only - no trolls, no put downs from people who don't know you Everyone uses their real names and photographs in their member profile Quality information - coaches are British Cycling Level 1, 2, & 3 qualified - members are experienced - (Know it all's don't seem to hang around long) In time, other members will get to know you really well and be able to help you with specific answers Ask basic questions without fear - everyone remembers that we all started out knowing nothing! And because members use their real names and images in their online profiles, members can get to know each other more easily and recognise each other when they meet up out on the road - simples! As well as introducing 100's of cyclists to the world of club cycling, our British Cycling qualified coaches organise The Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing. i-Team has been proud to help many members young and old progress in their chosen sport, and some have gone on to win National, World & Olympic titles, including Jon Dibben, Joe Truman and 2012 Olympic Champion, Dani King M.B.E. Some of our original ideas may now have been duplicated by other clubs ( with our blessing,) but what makes i-Team unique is the sum of all it's individual features: i-Team is genuinely open to all, including complete beginners - of course, like any organisation we have some conditions to protect the interests of the existing members and for child protection purposes The organisation is set up to be as lean as possible - what you see is what you get - the Team Founder looks after most of the administration, so that members can organise social events and ride their bikes If you are U.K. based and want to ride with other members, membership of British Cycling is a pre-requisite to becoming a member of i-Team. As well as supporting the organisation that sends riders to the Olympics - this means that members should be adequately insured in the event of an accident and this is why i-Team is the club with the largest number of British Cycling members in the South Division Member-only club runs on Saturdays (why were clubruns always only on Sundays?) Ladies only rides 3 choices of club jersey design (Official Red, Pink, Retro) First club to put a QR Code on their clothing! We were ahead of our time with regard to placing quality coaching at the core of what we do and placing a big emphasis on getting young riders learning skills while enjoying riding their bikes. Quality Team Clothing (Only available to members) Fantastic quality and good value - thanks to Champion System Sizes XXS to XXXL in Race, Club, Womens and Youth specific cuts Members order their kit direct from the manufacturer Team Hub Since 2003, i-Team has offered it's members access to the i-Team Members Hub - a private social network that offers many oportunities for members to engage with the club and communicate with each other. Of course a lot of clubs have bulletin boards and / or forums - and there are some really good cycling forums out there that you can use for obtaining information - but none of them offer all of what the i-Team Member's Hub offers: Forums - Meet, Chat, Ride: Ask questions, make suggestions, plan rides, get advice, have your say One you've recieved your password for our Team Hub, you'll have access to forums with 100's of topics and 1000's of replies including: Road Racing, Circuit Racing, Track Racing, Time Trials & Hill Climbs, Triathlon, Off-Road Racing, u18 Racing & Coaching, Overseas Sportives, U.K. Sportives, Official Club Rides, Member's Rides, Ladies Ride Group, Routes & Tests, Commuting & Leisure, Metric Century Challenges, Coaching Advice, Club House, Tea Stop, Pro Racing Fans, New Stuff & Wish Lists, Tech Help & Equipment Choices, Sales & Wants, Reviews & Recommendations,The Rules, Archive Members can use their profile settings to have a regular digest of all new posts automatically sent to them - choose which topics to ignore and which to follow Personal Messaging - Send a message to one member, or multiple members all at once. Messages remain in recipients' inbox and recipients are alerted that they have mail. Personal Blog - Record your own mission statement and objectives to help with motivation, write about your experiences Keep it provate or open to other membrrs for their comments, support and feedback Calendar - Featured packed events calendar. Encourage other team mates to accompany you on an event or ride Register your intention to attend an event, and see who else is attending. Status Updates - Write down what's on your mind - other members can reply Low Cost Membership Subscriptions - all of the above plus more for a low annual cost Full Senior Membership - £25 per year Associate Membership - £15 per year Youth / Concessionary Membership - £10 per year Family Membership - £1.50 per family member added to a Full Senior Membership No joining fee - just purchase an annual membership subscription Membership subscriptions paid every January Join after September 1st and the following January to January subscription is included Yearly Targets Events: Every year a core group of members get together for a yearly target, normally an overseas sportive. In 2004 & 2005, i-Team member's formed one of the biggest club entries for the Etape du Tour. In recent years, focus has switched to the La Marmotte and we will be returning again in 2014 and we also have a team returning to the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Weekly Club Rides: Every Saturday, i-Team organises rides from Rowland's Castle in Hampshire for the following categories: Ladies Only Cafe Club (14mph ave) Club Run (16mph ave) Members also get together throught the year for Sunday and mid-week rides. Racing: Although we aren't a Racing Team, every season we get race wins. We have a hardy group of 'weekend warrior' 3rd and 2nd category riders who take part in local races and Surrey League events. Our original year one members are now mostly veterans but thanks to our big Youth Development section, there is a talented group of Juniors in the squad. As well as Road and Circuit Races, our members take part in Time Trials, Track and Cyclo Cross. Club Promotions: From the start, i-Team members have put something back into the sport. Our first club promotion was the 2004 Women's Cycle Racing Association National Road Race Championships and every year we have organised road and circuit races for Surrey League. Youth & Junior Talent Identification & Development: In just 10 years, our hall of fame of home-grown talent includes: World, European & Olympic Gold Medalist, Dani King M.B.E. Olympic Podium Team rider, Jon Dibben Olympic Development Team rider, Joe Truman Club Structure: i-Team is a cycling club that's run by our members for our members (we are not a commercial organisation and we won’t try to sell you something.) Our members buy into our ‘What you see is what you get’ philosophy and this, together with our professional and friendly approach has created a great community spirit. We don’t go in much for committees, we have a strong identity as a team and we are always forward thinking and together, we are allways looking for ways to develop as a club and improve what we can offer our members. Our straightforward, professional and friendly approach maintains a great community spirit and is why around 150-200 members (mainly from Hampshire / West Sussex, but also from across the U.K. & Worldwide,) have chosen i-Team to be their club. Team Founder Guy Watson still provides direction and undertakes administration for the club in his spare time, we have a dedicated comittee for Youth Development and Go-Ride activities, and i-Team is constantly evolving as more members step up and organise events and help run their club.
  10. This guide has been created to help you understand the ordering process and get up to speed with fabrics, sizing and specific information regarding the i-Team.cc clothing ranges - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO THE END BEFORE MAKING AN ORDER AS IF YOU ORDER THE WRONG SIZE OR WRONG ITEM YOU WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO A REFUND. i-Team.cc Team Clothing Range: +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Red Team Range - The Official Reistered Colours For Representing Your Club & Suitable For Racing: Jerseys: Training Jackets: Shorts & Training Bottoms: Skinsuits & Speedsuits: Hats: Bandana: Socks: Gloves: Overshoes: Arm & Leg warmers: +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Pink Team Range (Not For Racing): N.B. The Retro & Pink versions can't be used to represent the club in road & track races, as they have not officially registered with British Cycling - they have been included to add a bit of fun and variation for training and off the bike use Pink Jerseys: Pink Shorts & Training Bottoms Pink Hats: Pink Socks: Pink Arm & Leg Warmers Pink Overshoes: +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Retro Team Range (Not For Racing) & Team Lesuire Clothing: N.B. The Retro & Pink versions can't be used to represent the club in road & track races, as they have not officially registered with British Cycling - they have been included to add a bit of fun and variation for training and off the bike use Retro / Training Jerseys: Retro / Training Shorts: Retro / Training Hats: Team Hoodies: Team Undervests & Base Layers: How to Order: A limited amount of clothing is held by the club in stock - please see 'Club House' section of the i-Team.cc member only web pages to see details of current stock status All clothing is normally ordered by members direct from Champion System, using the CS Direct ordering system - this works as follows: The i-Team.cc Kit Manager will announce when the next window opens for ordering clothing in the 'Club House' section of the i-Team.cc member only web pages. There will be 3-4 purchasing windows every year, depending on demand - also, if you really need it, there is also an option to place an 'Express Order' with a 2 week delivery time (this will double the price though.) Don't Fall Foul to These Common Mistakes! Members have ordered hundreds of items without anny issues or problems - but there is potential to make mistakes if you rush things... Sizing: There are specific sizing charts for Childern / Women / Standard / Race cuts - on first view, this may be confusing - do not order unless you are completely sure of the size you need as the club will not be responsible if you order the wrong size. So unless you have ordered from Champion System before and already know your size - do at least 2 of the following: You can check sizes here Ask you team mates if you can try their kit for size You can request samples from Champion System to get sizing spot on - see details Wrong Item: Open the image and check the detail, i.e. before you order pink logog armwarmers insted of red Information about fabrics and their properties can be found here Information about seat pads can be found here information about women-specific cut can be found here Information on how to order is displayed at the bottom of this page How to Order Your Club Clothing: 1 There will normally be 4 ordering windows per year: Beginning March delivery for Racing - window open during Janurary End June delivery for Summer Kit - window open during April Beginning of September delivery for Winter kit - window open during of August Mid December delivery for Christmas - window open during October To see the status of the current ordering window, and when the next ordering window will be open, please log in to the i-Team.cc Member's Hub and brows to the Club Clothing Section: Open the Club Clothing Secton and read the 'How to Order Club Clothing' topic and below will be the latest ordering window e.g. in this instance it was 'CS Direct 7 Delivery' - open that topic to find the link to the Champion System CS Direct Club Shop. 2 Once you have logged in to the Champion System CS Direct Club Shop, you will see the following screen - click 'Sign In' If you've used the CS Direct system before, enter your email address in the Left hand columns (use forgot password to receive an automatic reminder.) If this is your first time using the CS Direct System, complete the sign up fields in the Right Hand column. 3 Click on the item that you would like top purchase. Make sure you click on the download arrow to download a high resolution image so that you can open from your browser download folder and check that yoou are ordering the correct item. N.B If you click on the '3D' button, you can open up a 3-D image that you can rotate 4 When you click on 'Click to Order' at stage 3, a menu like the one below will open where you can select long sleeve, short sleeve etc. The base proce (less VAT and postage) will be displayed for each option. 5 Next decide options for things like zip length, your individual name on jersey, adding refective piping, zipped rear pocket etc. Then choose cut and size: For information on Champion System Cuts - click here For information on Champion Sizing - click here 6 If you chose to add your name to a jersey, you will be asked to confirm spelling 7 Next review your order - final price including VAT and delivery will be displayed at the bottom 8 Deliver details will be displayed (all CS Direct orders are delivered to Club Kit Manager as displayed - you then arrange via the members forum topic to collect or to be posted on to you.) 9 Enter your contact details 10 Enter your payment details and click 'Process Payment' You will be sent an email confirming your order Clothing will be delivered to the club kit manager - normally within 4 WEEKS of the ordering window closing Keep an eye on the Team Hub forum for progress updates 11 N.B. If you want any item that isn't listed, e.g. a Hooded Coat in Pink, use the left hand menu Select the item that you want to customise Then select the design that you want to apply A proof will then need to be approved by the Team Founder and then yourself - once approved, you can order your custom item (and it will be avaialble for other to order) 12 IMPORTANT: VAT and delivery are added at the checkout stage Members must pay Champion System in full by credit / debit card when they submit their orders, before the ordering window closes No changes can be made after order submission. The kit order will be delivered around 4 weeks from the ordering window closing by FedEx rom Champion System's own factory in Thailand to the Kit Manager's home address. All orders will be individually bagged and labelled by member name for ease of distribution Remember that you are purchasing direct from Champion System and that you are paying them to manufacture your clothing - so please double check everything before you complete your order. If you are in any doubt about sizing and specific garment details, post a question on the 'Club House' section of the i-Team.cc member only web pages. Other members or the Kit Manager will try to help you and may be able to arrange for you to try on items for size. i-Team.cc and / or it's volunteer helpers or officials cannot be held responsible for any loss involved with your purchase. In the event that you experience any issues with your order - please contact Champion System - contact details can be found here
  11. Guy_Watson

    i-Team Jersey Design

    Even our own members are sometimes surprised to learn that there is quite a bit of symbolism in the design.. The two globes = The real and the virtual worlds The star at the base of the swoosh lines = The location of Portsmouth velodrome, which is where the club started from - the gold is for Dani King, who started racing in an i-Team jersey and went on to win Olympic Gold The swoosh lines = Illustration of how the club membership is not confined to a geographical base & the white stars represent the members young & old (we hope to convert more to Gold in future!) White = Newcomers to cycling Black = Respect for the history of the sport of cycling Red = the passion we all share for all forms of cycling Original Thinking: in 2012 i-Team.cc was the first club / team in any sport to put a QR code on their clothing - if someone wants to know about the club, they can just scan with a smart phone Over the years our unique 'CyberRider' team jersey has evolved with subtle changes from year to year, as manufacturers change and as sponsors come and go - but if you compare a 2003 jersey against the current one, there is no doubt that they both share the same origin: 2017: Ready to get your hands on some club clothing? >>> Read More
  12. Guy_Watson

    John Hayles - The Legend - R.i.P.

    John had always been really supportive from my early racing days with Portsmouth Cycling Club and only until recently was still helping me every Friday with P.S.o.C.R. and i-Team events.'Big John' was one of the 10 founding members of i-Team and completely got the idea of a cycling club with a focus on providing access to quality coaching. It was John who first encouraged me to become a coach with his Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing and attend one of the first British Cycling 'Club Coach' courses. Back then The British Cycling Coaching Program was still in it's infancy, and at that time was arguably some way behind the Association of British Cycling Coaches, with whom John had been a Senior Coach for over 20 years. John had been a useful sprinter in his 20's and he loved the sport and loved to help others, and he had been giving up his time on Friday nights to provide local cyclists with access to coaching since the 1970's. Along with Jack Smith, he was instrumental in successes of Portsmouth Cycling Club, (which by then had absorbed PSoCR,) with riders such as Jim Langmead, Peter McGowan, Tony Mayer and of course his son, i-Team.cc club president, Rob Hayles Above: John raced at The Mountbatten Centre when track cycling was in it's heyday in the 1950's when it was not unusual to have several 1000 spectators at a meeting After seeing Rob become one of the best track cyclists this country has ever seen, John started to become increasingly frustrated with the demise of fixed wheel-track cycling generally and the lack of opportunities for youth cycling in the Porstmouth area. Disheartened at the lack of interest, he was seriously considering closing up shop. I remember one rainy Friday night back in November 2002, after we'd had zero takers for the evening coaching session, we popped back to John's house to console ourselves by opening a few glasses of vino. By the end of the evening, 2 things had happened: I had decided that the only way forward was to start anew, from scratch, and see what could be done with a new bunch of new cyclists, and a fresh approach to what a cycling club could offer - and... John had recounted many stories from his days as a professional wrestler and I would never see him in the same light again! Above: John loved to be involved - he was renowned for being incredibly strong and it looks like he may have given Steve an extra big push judging by the smile on his face! Most people who know John had a 'Big John' story - just at the point you thought you knew him well, he'd amaze you with some anecdote you'd never heard before. My favourite was when he casually announced that in the first Star Wars movie, Dave Prowse, who played Darth Vader, had forgotten his (massive) shoes. A quick call was made to his manager, who rang John, knowing he had the same size feet as Dave. John then drove to the set and the result was that in some of the movie scenes, Darth Vader is wearing 'Killer Kowalski's' wrestling boots. If you have any stories of your own, please share them with me and I'll add them to this article as a tribute I owe him a lot and this article is a little token of my thanks to him - R.i.P. Below: Most people know Big John as Rob Hayles' Dad but beneath the surface and you'll find a killer! - John 'Killer' Kowalski to be precise. The following article appeared in The Portsmouth Evening News a few years back - the story and pictures are John's and are displayed here as 'fair use' under U.K. copyright law.
  13. until
    Purpose of the 'Amber' 10am Saturday ride from Rowlands Castle: To provide i-Team Members with a structured, safe and friendly group riding experience for a mixture of ages & abilities To encourage and support i-Team Members & Guests develop their cycling skills and ability. To give experienced riders an easy 'recovery ride' the day before races etc. - and also give them the opportunity to put something back into the club by helping newcommers etc. Meeting Time: Meet at or shortly after 09:50 The ride leaves at 10.00am PROMPT - please do not expect everyone to wait even a couple of minutes for you as this is unfair on those who arrived early and for those who've ridden over from Cowplain. Meeting Place: Outside The Village Coffee Shop, 2 The Green, Rowland's Castle, PO9 6BN N.B. Please keep the entrance to the shop clear for their customers and also keep the pavement clear to maintain our good relationship with the residents of the village. If you are going to use the shop services (tables & chairs, toilet etc.) it goes without saying that you should buy a drink or some food from them and keep the facilities clean. Typical Ride Structure: N.B. on Alternate weeks, the 09.10 'Red' Ride from Cowplain will arrive to meet up in time for this ride. Some members may switch from this ride to the 10.00 Green Ride, or both rides me join up for a few hours before spliting at an agreed point - make sure that you are aware of what the arrangement is by asking other riders, so that you don't end up in a faster group unless that's what you want. Around 2 hours, typically 14-16 mph average speed Before every ride starts, there should be a quick chat about the route, saftey points (which is allways ultimately the responsibility of the individual participants, who take part at their own risk,) and also a quick introduction for any new faces We allways have a 30 mins steady warm up at 14 mph max. Everyone rides with the group and does not up the pace set by the most experienced riders We generally ride at the pace of the slowest rider - but if for some reason you are really struggling, we will chat with you and make sure you are able to get back home OK At pre-agreed points, on a hill etc, everyone can press on at their own pace but we will allways regroup at the top of the climb. About 15 minutes from the finish, the 'red flag' goes down and everyone who want's to can up the pace to the finish (This helps to thin any big bunches out and so helps getting the group back through any Saturday traffic.) We try to organise some of the best club rides in the area. The success of these rides is due to the fact that they stay well structured. These rides are mainly intended for i-Team members only, or for those thinking of joining i-Team. Guests are allways most welcome but please read the notes below about preperation, commitment and ability To manage expectation and to ensure progression, we have 4 main categories for our club rides: 'Green' - Typically 14mph/23KPH Average speed - lots of regrouping at tops of hills etc. - you wont get left behind intentionally - this is the entry level / social ride speed for our official group club rides 'Amber' - Typically 16-18mph/25-30kph average speed - frequent regrouping at tops of hills etc. - if you frequently get dropped perhaps this isn't the ride for you yet - this is the standard level for our official group club rides 'Red' - Typically 18mph/30kph average speed - some planned regrouping at tops of hills etc. - if you frequently get dropped perhaps this isn't the ride for you yet - this is the advanced level for our official group club rides 'Black' - Typically +20mph/35kph average speed - no regrouping (if you get dropped you are on your own or regroup with others - this is the advanced level for our club training rides How everyone on the ride can help: Everyone must arrive promtly at the start If this is going to be your first ride with us - please send notification in advance using the Contact Form - please introduce yourself before the ride departs. Any new faces should be approached and made to feel welcome The route and aims of the ride should explained to everyone before the ride departs The first 30 mins HAS TO BE STEADY to allow everyone to warm up. The group has to stay compact - front riders do not up the pace or sprint out of corners If you are fit - stay on the front on low gears but for no more than 5 minutes but DO NOT UP THE AVERAGE PACE.. Rear riders should try hard not to let gaps OF MORE THAN ONE BIKE LENGTH open up out of corners - or when riding at a steady pace - NO MORE THAN 1 meter from the wheel in front (This includes descents - just ride to the side of the rider in front - this gives you effectively 3 Meters.) There has to be good communication - if a rider is about to be dropped, or punctures, or has to answer the call of nature - he should shout out 'EASY!' before he looses contact with the group. The exception may be on some hills where we ride up at our individual best pace and regroup at the top - but the group does not start the descent before group has reformed. EVERONE MAKE SURE THE FRONT RIDERS KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING These rides can be a good training session but they are not the place to show everyone how fit you are, to the extent of splitting the group up on every climb. If you are in good form, gear down and spin. Help other riders by protecting them from the wind, giving the odd helpfull push on a climb Saftey is everyone's responsibility - don't blindly follow others - relax but keep alert and be aware of the potential risks to yourself and others Bikes must be fit for purpose & very well maintained. You must have at least 1 spare tube and proper pump and/or CO2 pump and know how to use them. N.B. Everyone punctures from time to time and if it happens to you, don't panic - shout out and everyone should stop and someone will be able to check if you are OK. Assistance will be on hand to help with this but riders should try to be self sufficient and have a spare tube and either full size pump or CO2 pump to minimise time lost. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL HALF WAY THROUGH THE RIDE TO START PRACTISING HOW TO CHANGE A TYRE!!! IMPORTANT NOTES ON ROUTES Etc.: Club Rides are not meant to be like Sportives and other organised events - they can be ad-hoc, with a rough direction and route announced on the day as part of the pre-ride group breifing, this can then take into account the conditions on the day i.e.: Weather / Traffic / Composition of the Group No individual rider is ever responsible for the final route taken - sometimes a group me be just 'following their noses and picking their way through the lanes in a general direction Any rider can propose a route for the group to take but the final choice is always up the the individual i.e..... Each rider always makes their own individual dynamic risk assesment throught the ride, based on their best judgement - it is always up to the individual whether to follow another rider or not; to take advice or to ignore it No individual rider is ever responsible for the final route taken - a rider can propose a route for the group to take but the final choice is always a unanmous group decision beacuse each rider always makes their own individual dynamic risk assesment throught the ride, based on their best judgement - it is always up to the individual whether to follow another rider or not, or take advice or to ignore it This Club Ride is not meant to be an mass-participation organised event. it's a gathering of like-minded people who want to share some time togethter on their bikes, so there has to be some give and take i-TEAM'S CONSIDERATIONS: To affiliate the organisation to suitable governing bodies such as British Cycling To set guidelines in the best interests of safety and maintaining a good club image To endevour to try to maintain awareness of the guidelines To offer facilities that allow members to interact with each other and arrange to meet on rides To raise awareness of the requirements & responsibilities of individual members and club organisation INDIVIDUAL MEMBER'S / GUESTS'S CONSIDERATIONS: To organise their own appropriate 3rd Party Insurance To make themselves and other members aware of the current club rules and guidelines in the interests of safety and club image As far as possible to make themselves aware of the nature and format of the ride and to ensure that they are properly prepared As far as possible to ensure that their bike is serviceable with spare tube / pump / tools (and be proficient their use) Wear official club clothing as far as possible / practical To arrive promptly and do their best to ensure that the ride departs at the pre-set time. To become a member of the club after a maximum of 3 guest rides and to keep membership up to date To help ensure that no more than 5 non-members ever ride with any club ride Raise awareness as soon as possible of any hazards or difficulties Try to look out for others in difficulty Help with positive feedback after each ride using the appropriate forum thread Respect and consider any advice given by more experienced members To ride safely, allways following the Highway Code when practical and always riding with consideration for other road users, other club members and your own individual safety All participants taking part in our organised club rides must wear a suitable, correctly fitting helmet Headphones, personal stereos etc. and anything that might unduely affect an individual rider's awareness should be removed while particiapting in club rides - therefore please do not be offended if you are asked by another member to comply with this advice Please feedback on how the ride went from your perspective: Guests - Please use the Contact Form Members - Please post on the Official Club Rides Forum If a member ever member wishes to raise a saftey concern, report a near-miss or incident involving other road users - please complete an incident report form in confidence, to ensure that important information is captured FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: How many take part in these rides? - Typically around 20-30 riders Do you always meet at the same time / place on Saturdays? - Yes - this is most important - that way everyone knows the score and the ride leaves promptly - especially important if it is cold Is it always the same route? - The routes are varied as much as possible but the limitations are that with 20 plus riders, we have to try to minimise exposure to heavy traffic, busy junctions, right turns, roundabouts etc and get back to the start within 2 hours How good does my bike need to be? - It doesn't need to be expensive but it really needs to be a road bike and must be reliable - if in doubt, get your bike checked out at a local bike shop in the week BEFORE the ride How old do I have to be? - Typically, for 'Green' and 'Amber' rides the minimum age is 12 if accompanied by a parent - but it depends on your ability - please contact Guy Watson in advance on info@i-team.cc Do you ride in all weather? - Everything except ice and fog - we often get more turn up when it's raining! Are non-members allowed to come along on these rides? - Absolutely - that's what we are all about! Posted Image - but, to ensure that everyone gets the most enjoyment from it, there are some conditions: ABILITY: We don't wan't to leave anyone behind but there is a minimum ability standard for this ride - please note the average speeds and duration. That's not to say that this ride is beyond the ability of a fit novice, but you will need to be fairly confident riding in a group. To avoid potential dissapointment or embarrasment, the best advise would be to come along on one of the Saturday Morning 'Cafe Club' rides from Rowlands Castle first, and see how that goes PREPERATION: It is a bit disrespectful to other people if you turm up on a group ride and you haven't checked your bike before hand to see that it is serviceable and well maintained COMMITMENT: These rides are organised by i-Team members, for i-Team members. Guests are allways very welcome, but after 3 rides, guests will be expected to make a commitment and purchase i-Team Membership. INSURANCE: It is a condition of i-Team membership that members must organise and keep current, their own 3rd party insurance, e.g. British Cycling Silver or Gold membership. N.B. For our British Cycling Club Insurance purposes, no more than 5 guests can be accommodated on any club ride. LIABILITY: All participants of i-Team club rides do so entirely at their own risk. If members bring a guest with them - they are responsible for them (please stay near to them on the ride and look after them as need be.) In no event will i-Team.cc, or any of it's members, be liable for any loss or damage, including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from participating on our club rides Useful Links How to Ride in a Group How to Pedal Efficiently How to Change Gear How to Dress For Cycling How to Dress For Cycling in Winter How to Maintain Your Bike How to Brake Anatomy of a Road Bike Riders Take Part at Their Own Risk! - If in Doubt, Ask!
  14. Guy_Watson

    2005 Etape Du Tour

    Etape du Tour - Mourenx > Pau (179 km) - Monday, July the 11th 2005: 7,885 riders set off from Mourenx this morning at 7h00 for the 13th edition of the Etape du Tour Vélo Magazine, under an extremely clement sky. It took over 35 minutes for all of the riders to cross the starting line. The last competitor was scheduled at 17h30. He was the 7 242 rider to cross the finishing line. Depending on your fitness, the Etape may be the ultimate challenge, or 'just' a hard, rewarding ride. An i-team of 26 riders lined up at Mourenx, 23 completed the course - here's how they got on: 1 ANDREW MACFARLANE 07h 07' 49" 2 TONY MAYER 07h 13' 12" 3 DEAN MORGAN 7h 19' 10 24" 3 RICHARD BROADRIBB 07h 25' 41" 4 DAVE SHAW 07h 25' 58" 5 GUY WATSON 07h 29' 42" 6 JOHN ROGERSON 07h 33' 01" 7 PETE NEVILLE 07h 39' 54" 8 ALEC JOHNSON 07h 50' 20" 9 RICHARD STEPHENS 07h 54' 24" 10 HOWARD PLUMB 07h 59' 06" 11 COLIN FYFE 08h 04' 24" 12 ANDY JONES 08h 08' 24" 13 WENDY SPRUCE 08h 13' 02" 14 GUY CLARKE 08h 13' 48" 15 STEVE SMITH 08h 40' 27" 16 STEPHEN SCOTT 08h 43' 31" 17 JERRY DIBBEN 08h 41' 36" 17 GEOFF DICKINSON 08h 48' 58" 19 MIKE BEAUMONT 08h 59' 01" 20 PAUL MORRIS 09h 08' 05" 21 STANLEY PETERS 09h 09' 31" 22 ROGER FORREST 09h 31' 57" 23 PAUL GATENBY 09h 51' 48" Nearly Finishers: Ian Barbour - unable to avoid a pothole in fast moving bunch and crashed out with only 5km to go! Confused I had to pick him up from hospital but thankfully nothing broken and he was able to join in with the Champagne back at the hotel Kevin Astle - got broomed on Aubisque with only 40km to go Confused Tony Childs / Sandy MAcFarlane - got broomed just after LAruns. Jon Skidmore - got broomed on the Marie Blanc Well done to all those that took part - you all gave it your best shots. Individual's Stories: Geoff Dickinson- Blackburn, Lancashire I have now returned from France and read with interest the comments that have been written. My Etape was everything I hoped it would be. I had no aspirations other than to finish within the time limit and to enjoy the ride which I did. I can remember nearly every kilometer and could write a very long article but instead I will confine myself to listing my abiding memories of the Etape: 1. Cruising en peleton towards Oleron Sainte Marie on a beautiful, fresh, sunny morning with the green Pyrenees in the distance 2. The writing on the road part way up the Col de Marie Blanque which said ''Ici commence l' enfer" - "Hell Begins Here"! 3. The 2 hour, 18km ascent of the Col d'Aubisque - yes it was a hot, hard grind and I stopped twice for about 30 seconds each for a stretch but it felt such an achievement to crest the summit. I never realized a kilometer could be so long. 4. The traverse of the Cirque du Litor and the magnificent views of the Hautes Pyrenees in high summer 5. The encouragement of the spectators and the crowds parting for me at the crest of the Col du Soulor. 6. My increasing confidence and speed in descending from the Soulor. 7. Meeting my family in the streets of Nay who handed me fresh bottles 8. The last few fast kms into Pau and seeing and passing the Flamme Rouge. 9. Attacking that last little hill into the Place de Verdun and then crossing the line with both arms in the air!! 10. The 6 months of training leading up to the Etape, the self knowledge I have gained and the much better understanding I have of just what it takes to finish the Tour, never mind be competitive. I will never watch a TDF stage in quite the same way again. Would I do another Etape? Probably but not for a while yet. There are many more cycling challenges out there that I would like to tackle not just in the UK but further afield as well.Well done to all i-team members whether you finished or not and thanks to Guy for some excellent coaching advice. Richard Stephens - Shrewsbury, Shropshire The etape for me was one of the best cycling experiences to date. Weather was great, thousands of cyclists with no traffic to worry about. The noise of all those wheels was incredible. I started right at the back (8214) and so had a lot to do to try and make up a few places so as to not get snagged at the climbs. Unfortunately, despite passing quite a few and maintaining a reasonable pace, it all stopped on the first col which forced me to walk part of the way. On the climb of the Marie Blanque I felt quite comfortable, sitting on the wheels of 2 Norwegians. However, 1 KM before the summit, it all stopped again and I had to walk with everybody else to the top. This added quite a bit of time to my overall (20-30 mins). Slightly frustrated by this (especially as it did not do my cleats much good (front screw fell out)), I then set another goal of riding all the way up the Aubisque in a reasonable time; this I achieved in a time of 1hr 35 mins. Relatively slow descent (my particular weakness) which was even slower after a quicker cyclist overtook me and then crashed quite badly in front of me; luckily I missed him and carried on. From then on, it was a good run into PAU, although I had to keep jumping from group to group to make up some time. Met Wendy about 20KM before PAU, which surprised me, as I had forgotten she was riding (she was riding at a very good pace). It was good to see a friendly i-team face by then. Last 2 climbs were longer than expected, but some really good descents (more my type) which helped keep the speed up. Finished 6 mins outside of silver, which was frustrating due to being forced to walk for some time. However, it was all that I had imagined and was a brilliant experience. Wendy Spruce - Hill Head, Hampshire Here's my story... Having traveled down to the Pyrenees on Friday, we drove the course on Saturday. This had both good and bad points, good to know what was coming up next and bad because the weather was bad that day! The Aubisque was in the clouds, you couldn't see more than 15m ahead of you in places and it was cold! I spent the next two days wondering whether I had bitten off more than I could chew. As is always the way when you have to get up early I didn't sleep that well on Sunday night so set off early to the start at Mourenx. This meant that I was at the front of the pen. It was a great experience to be with so many other people all with the same aim and trying to converse in O level French proved quite challenging. It also had the benefit of reducing my nerves! At exactly 7am the Etape started. From my viewpoint I could see all the early starters go by, including Guy and Kevin. Starting about five minutes after them I doubted if I would see them again! My original plan had been to set off steadily. However, my fear of the time limit resulted in a much faster 50k to the Ichere than intended. Along the way I overtook Kevin, who looked comfortable and was overtaken by Paul M and John R. Feeling strong and remembering to eat and drink I arrived at the foot of the Ichere. It was a steady climb, nothing too steep, the most frustrating part was having to walk on account of a "bouchon", too many people walking meant that you couldn't weave your way through. However, there was a good atmosphere, which almost made up for it. The descent was not as bad as I had feared, with the last section into the valley being extremely enjoyable. I took the opportunity at the first feed station to grab some water to replenish my stocks for the Marie Blanque. Riding along the valley I managed to join a small group so we made good progress and quickly arrived at the MB. By this time I was beginning to relax and realize that I should be able to get to Laruns before the elimination time. The climb started off gently (it's all relative!) but again, due to sheer numbers, everything came to a standstill and we were forced to walk the last kilometer to the top. Although annoying it was probably a blessing as it meant that I arrived at the top still feeling good. The feeding station was hectic but I managed to grab a cheese sandwich (heaven!), bananas and water before setting off on the descent. It was great! Traveling at 60kph on a sunny day in the mountains takes some beating and I had to keep reminding myself to look around and enjoy the scenery. Turning the corner at the bottom, heading off towards Laruns I heard a "Come on W2W" - great motivation for the flat section before the Aubisque. Even knowing that the Aubisque was long didn;t make it any easier to climb. having set myself a target time to climb it, it quickly became apparent that I was far too optimistic, so I had to keep re-setting the target. There is nothing quite as demoralising as climbing for an hour and still realising that you are only just over half way there! It was extremely hot,there was little shade, my feet hurt and the temptation to walk (especially when so many others were) was high. However, thanks to my triple Wink Wink my legs kept going and my head won the battle. Reaching the top, with all the enthusiastic roadside support (probably more because I was a girl- sorry guys) was worth the effort. After another battle to fight my way through to the tables at the feeding station I was on my way. Quietly confident that I would not be broomed I actually began to enjoy myself. The views from the top were stunning and it was a shame that I didn't have time to appreciate them more. The climb of the Soulor was not as bad as I had feared at this stage of the day and I was soon racing down (through the dreaded tunnel - especially dark with sunglasses on) towards Pau. That descent was undoubtedly the highlight of my day!! It was fast, not too busy and the gradient such that you didn't have to brake too much. Passing some people made it even better.. Laughing Laughing It was the point at which I realised that all the training was worthwhile!! There were large groups of people racing in huge peleton's towards Pau and I was surprised that I felt comfortable with the speed and, in fact, wanted to go faster. There seemed to be a reluctance to do any work with everyone quite happy to sit in and rest. I came across Richard Stephens who got fed up with this and worked his way through the groups. Just before Nay I, too, decided that I wanted to go faster so set off ahead of the group just to see what would happen. The answer was nothing! No one seemed worried. The last two smaller climbs were made more bearable by the fact that the end was in sight, the crowds were cheering and there was a man with a hose cooling everyone off!! And then the markers at the side of the road started counting down the last few kilometers until the 2k and finally the 1k banner came into sight. I met a couple of English guys as we rode the last kilometer and we all let out a collective "oh no!" when we saw the hill up to the finish but the adrenaline kicked in, we turned the corner and there was the finish - a great relief.. Without wanting to get involved in an Oscar style "thank you" speech I would like to say thank you to Guy, for being welcoming when I joined the club and to everyone who has offered me advice during the past few months and reminded me to stay positive. It's what makes i-team so special!! Paul Morris - Hill Head, Hampshire For me the Etape was a nightmare and being brutally honest I would have to sum it up as one of the hardest thing I have ever done. Apart from the blow out on the rear and the broken saddle pointing to the sky I've spent the last week wondering where I went wrong? The first part for me was very comfortable. I was keen to make haste but save energy for the harder parts. 33kms was completed in the first hour and further 25kms completed in the second including the first "major" climb. On the day I climbed what I thought was a hard* but a comfortable Marie Blanque with a tightly packed group and it was here on the descent that all was not well. I took on food but was unable to swallow. On the run down to Laruns I met up with John R again and I told him I felt a bit pants on the descent but was starting to feel a little better. Then I hit the Aubisque and knew all was not well .I started falling off the pace and was unable to generate any power even on the lower slopes. Then I hit the steeper ones and things went backwards, and I started to overheat. I made it to the first tunnel and stayed a little while. I then slogged on to the car park on the turn before riding to a standstill just before the next tunnel. I then made it to the next tunnel and again stayed a little while. Here I saw Wendy go by looking very strong. The last few kms were hard for me. Overheating and not generating any power I ended up having to walk / cycle. Towards the top Steve Smith passed me and this gave a bit of encouragement to try and stay with him. I remounted and rode myself into a standstill about 2km from the summit. All in all it took me over 2.5 hrs to climb the 17kms of the Aubisque. The descent I normally enjoy but again I wasn't comfortable and later to my horror realised that in climbing I had pushed my seat right back in the clamp, rotating the seat to maximum elevation upwards and bent the 8mm retaining bolt. I tried to resolve this later on but was unable to do so. The descent also provided an opportunity for me to cool and I joined in a quick moving group taking my turn at the front but ended up dropping then on the small inclines towards the finish. Then bang – rear blowout. I was on my way within a few minutes and chased after a passing group but gave up the chase. Out of this group dropped a small female and I offered her my wheel for a little while on the flatter parts. Things seemed to be picking up and I was starting to get use to the unusual, but slightly painful seat position. Then bang, the seat rail breaks and I have to take turns standing more and sitting less. I roll along with a group at around 40kph and remember seeing the 20km to go sign. Then those two hills. I was unable to climb the first but believe I managed to slog up the second smaller hill. The run in after that was uneventfully slow but painful. I have just returned from France after spending a few extra days to tackle some other Cols including the Aubisque again. Second time around with "semi"fresh legs I complete the climb, from Laruns, in under 1.5hrs at an average of 12.3kph * Heart rate data indicates around 30min for the last 4km of this climb at a heart rate of between 181 and 190 Andrew MacFarlane - New Zeeland This was my second Etape and my prime aim this year was to avoid the problems I had last year. Mainly bonking big time after 3 hours and riding for 7 hours with cramped legs! There was the possibility of a silver classification but it would be tight. My preparation for the event was good and my condition was far more advanced than at Etape time last year. After a rapid start the roads leading up to the first climb of the day were smooth and fast. Andy Jones, my brother, Grant Roberts and myself took it easy moving from group to group, making sure we abused TM Racing as we flew by. The aim of the game at this stage was energy conservation, although it was tough to hold back our enthusiasm. The first few 'blips' in the road came and went; then through a narrow wooded gorge we hit the Col d'Ichere, the first climb of the day worthy of a spot on the profile. Rising to 674m it was a pleasure with a few hairpins adding to character of the climb. I was alone. The descent was brilliant. A technical challenge with yet more hairpins. It wasn't for the faint hearted, I myself almost over cooked it on (just) one occasion but for those not endowed with such descending prowess it was too much. One poor chap promptly planted his face into the tarmac on one corner after deciding the gutter was faster. I guess it wasn't. The valley offered some respite before the Col De Marie Blanque. Which was a right B@st@rd!! The lower slopes were challenging but manageable though as we climbed the road got steeper rising to an average of 11% with bits over 13%. The legs were definitely hurting. It was time to partly open my suitcase of strength and plow on. The climb to 1035m came and went and once again descended passing squealing breaks and many having 'oh $xxx!' moments. From the Marie Blanque to the Aubisque there was a slight respite and a chance to take on board some food and return some feeling to ones' legs. At the end of the valley there she was. The Col d' Aubisque. 17km of France's finest tarmac rising to 1677m. The lower slopes were slight and progress was easy at 16/17kph but it soon got tougher with speeds dropping to around 8kph. The suitcase of strength was well and truly open along with my trusty suitcase of courage. I felt the need for Brandy but thought better of it. Stopping was out of the question. The kilometers slowly ticked by with the scenery and roadside 'tottie' offering a pleasant distraction. A Kodak moment presented itself and I obliged with a few snaps for the photo album. At the crest of the climb I paused to refuel and checked my stats. 22.3kph average, I realised that if I chucked myself down the mountain I was on for a silver, 25kph was required 26kph was the target. I entered 'The Zone.' The Soulor was a slight impediment to my progress but it was over quickly and I bombed it down the mountain. Breaking late and defying the force of gravity, with less than a square inch of rubber prevented my machine from slipping out from underneath me. On the edge man…..nerves of steel. No one passed me but I passed many. My average speed slowly rose….At the base I joined a good group and we cruised at over 45kph. The crowds in the towns were amazing, I felt like I was THE MAN!!!!! Which I was as far as I was concerned. Two very insignificant but painful, soul destroying and knee breaking 'pimples' on the French landscape later and I wasn't feeling quite as good about myself…but then there it was the Flame Rouge and the final kilometer. Fanbloodytastic!!!! 7 hours and 7 minutes after starting I had finished. I was a mess, I was in that mystical place sometimes seen at the end of a long ride. I'd failed to drink and eat as much as I should have since the Aubisque and simple directions towards the coach had me do a small tour of Pau. Cars...Heat....Sun....bike.......feet..ahhhhh!! But really I couldn't care less I'd made the silver cut off by 3 minutes. Yeah Baby! Job Done. So there you are a 'short' account, Only 700 words. Check out a few of those 'Kodak moments.' www.apmacfarlane.com/etapephotos2005.html www.apmacfarlane.com/etapevideos2005.html Myself and training partner Andrew flew down from Gatwick to Toulouse on the Saturday, our base was Lannemazan (about 45 mins drive from Pau). On the Sunday we set off to register and after checking out the travel options decided to leave our bikes there over night with the aim of getting the official transport from Pau early in the morning leaving our car at the finish. This didn't prove to be as wise a decision as we thought ! Monday morning we depart Hotel at 4:30 am, arrive at Pau at 5:15, bus waiting there we think this is perfect. But the bus isn't full so it waits, and it waits and it waits until at 6am it sets off - it dropped us off at 6:55am ! so we had 5 minutes to fetch bikes, use the loo, get setup, find our starting pen. We didn't manage it and stood at the side watching bike after bike go by when we should have been pedaling. Eventually we managed to sneak past the security and join in - but it wasn't the best start. As with the etape du dales in May we decided to set off at moderate pace (if you count 18mph moderate), but we were getting passed by rider after rider, we felt sure most of the riders at this stage must have been putting in too much too early. We stayed together until the first categorised climb - at which point I slowly pulled away from him. (We'd agreed that if we got split on the climbs we'd just go at our own rythmn so I didn't worry ) . ABout 3/4 of the way up I got a huge surprise when I had to get off - not due to any inability on my part but to a huge bottleneck of cyclists. After standing for a couple of minutes another huge surprise - my hrm was reading only 64 bpm ! Once I got going again there was a nice descent followed by the Colde Marie Blanque. I passed Stan Peters near the bottom, Stan was struggling after trying to make up ground following 3 punctures! I offered to lead him for a while but he declined so I kept going at my own steady pace. Near the top (maybe 3/4 of the way up) I stopped. I'd sussed out earlier this year then the easiest way to recover is to stop and to then cycle again when the heart rate 30 BPM lower.
  15. Guy_Watson

    RDS Moda Race Bikes

    We have been very impressed with how the bikes have handled and perfromed in training and races. Unlike 'Sportive' bikes, which give you a relatively unright riding position; race bikes are lower at the front for better aerodynamics. Race bike also feature steeper geometry for quick handling in race conditions - you could easily use a 'Race Bike' in sportive but you would struggle with a 'Sportive Bike' in a race. The Shimano Ultegra 6800 11 Speed Groupset probably offers the most 'Bang for your bucks' of any groupset on the market, offering faultless shifting, light weight and nice asthetics - and the components have proved to be very reliable. The Moda Vivo frame uses a new advanced is a lighter than a lot of carbon frames and our special Team Build bikes tip the scales at just 7.2kg, considerably lighter than a number of similarly priced carbon-fibre bikes. Recent advancements in technology and manufacturing techniques has made aluminium a viable option again — and has afforded Moda the opportunity to rediscover its humle beginnings in the skill of welding tubes. But now, instead of the need to focus on keeping costs low and quality high, the chance to use higher grades of aluminium tubing means it can produce lightweight, race-ready bikes that aren’t just carbon copies of the competition. The Vivo lives up to its name and feels lively. The well-finished frame feels stiff and keen to respond to rider input, whether that’s hard acceleration or enthusiastic cornering. The American Classic wheelset is a generous inclusion at such a low RRP and overall there’s a race-bred feeling to the Vivo that seems unlikely given its material. Full Specification: Frame: LDA Triple Butted Elite Series Aluminum Fork: LDC High Modulus Carbon with Carbon Steerer Groupset: Full Shimano 2016 Ultegra 11 Speed Chainset: Ultegra 6800 11 Speed 52x36 Cassette: Ultegra 6800 11 Speed 14-26 Shifters: Ultegra 6800 11 Speed Rear Mech: Ultegra 6800 11 Speed Front Mech: Ultegra 6800 11 Speed Wheels: American Classic ‘Victory 30’ – 1570g Tubeless Ready Tyres (New): Schwalbe Pro One TEAM BIKES FOR SALE! Like all Race Teams, we sell our team bikes from time to time and at the end of the racing season, offering you the chance to buy a 'Race Ready' team prepared bike at a knock down price!. All machines have been well maintained and come fully serviced. If you are interested in one of our bikes, would like to arrange a viewing or a test ride, please send a message using THIS FORM At the moment we currently have the following Team Bike for sale: BIKE ONE: Spare Team Bike - Size Medium - 54cm Top Tube - £1350 (Reasonable Offers Considered) - As New Condition - NOW SOLD! This bike was built by Moda at their Factory to a custom specification and features 52x14 Junior Gearing – it has been very well maintained and has never been crashed or damaged. As it is the spare bike it has spent most of it's life on the roof of our Team Car and has had very little use - in fact it's virtually new! BIKE TWO: Size Small - 48cm Top Tube - £999 (Offers considered) Very Good Condition This bike was built by Moda at their Factory to a custom specification and features 52x14 Junior Gearing – it has been very well maintained and has never been crashed or damaged. This bike has been fastiduously maintained and looked after by Victoria Lovett and is in very good condition. This is a race winning bike! BIKE THREE: Size Medium - 54cm Top Tube - £849 (Offers considered) Good Condition (Some scuff marks on cranks from shoes and on forks from cables) This bike was built by Moda at their Factory to a custom specification and features 52x14 Junior Gearing – it has been very well maintained and has never been crashed or damaged. This bike has been fastiduously maintained and looked after by Victoria Lovett and is in very good condition. This is a race winning bike!
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    The days are getting longer, which can only mean one thing - time to start the club chaingang sessions! These sessions are open to all i-Team.cc members and are designed to give everyone a chance to push themselves a bit harder than they might normally do on a solo ride or normal club ride. We will use local road circuits, so that anybody who wants to take a bit of a rest can turn round and meet up with the group elsewhere on the circuit. These are relatively short and intense training sessions so the group will not normally be expected to wait for dropped riders or to assist with punctures. Please ensure you come properly equipped. First session will be on the Forestside circuit - meet at Rowlands for a prompt 6:30 departure. Keep an eye on the forum thread on this link for any venue or ride changes and if bad weather might force a cancellation To manage expectation and to ensure progression, we have 4 main categories for our club rides: 'Green' - Typically 14mph/23KPH Average speed - lots of regrouping at tops of hills etc. - you wont get left behind intentionally - this is the entry level / social ride speed for our official group club rides 'Amber' - Typically 16-18mph/25-30kph average speed - frequent regrouping at tops of hills etc. - if you frequently get dropped perhaps this isn't the ride for you yet - this is the standard level for our official group club rides 'Red' - Typically 18mph/30kph average speed - some planned regrouping at tops of hills etc. - if you frequently get dropped perhaps this isn't the ride for you yet - this is the advanced level for our official group club rides 'Black' - Typically +20mph/35kph average speed - no regrouping (if you get dropped you are on your own or regroup with others - this is the advanced level for our club training rides More Info Essential Information For Riding in a Group Group Riding Video More info for members
  17. Guy_Watson

    Lost Designs & Ideas of the 1980's

    I really got into my cycling in the 1980's - back then bikes were pretty much the same and you had binary choices when it came to equipment e.g.: Steel or Aluminium Reynolds or Columbus Campagnolo or Campagnolo But even though it would be many years before manufacturing processes developed to make carbon fibre comercially available - that didn't stop some pioneers from trying to come up with something different when seeking marginal gaines. Some ideas were borerline genius / crazy and some were weird - but out of the ashes of failure come the roses of success as the saying goes - so here's a few things that I remember from the good old days: Bottechia Mountain TT Bike: This was specifically built for a Giro Mountain TT stage with 24" rear wheel to save weight and for better accelleration PMP 'L' Shaped Cranks plus oval chainrings The cranks were meant to help eliminate loss of momentum at 'Top Dead Centre' and the chainrings were shaped to spread power over a wider angle of delivery - you don't see cranks like this anymore but the chainring shape looks familiar Cinelli BiValent Hubs The beauty of these was that the cassette / freewheel & chain remained in the frame when the wheel dropped out - and front and rear wheels were interchangeable. At the time they were slower to change than normal QR wheels, so never caught on - but with modern materials / disc wheels - this could have been a glimpse of the future? Cinelli Spinaci Bars So good, they were banned by the UCI for saftey - so now pros adopt the same position with far more risk! Silk Tyres: As well as being lighter than cotton, silk tyres were a lot more supple, could take higher pressures and so rolled like nothing else before or since Intergrating bars into forks: I'll add more stuff as I think of it!
  18. Guy_Watson

    Links

    Governing Bodies & National Organisations British Cycling is the National Governing Body for cycling in the UK whose aim is to inspire participation in cycling as a sport, recreation and sustainable transport through achieving worldwide success. Union Cycliste Internationale The International Cycling Union (UCI) is cycling's International Federation recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). British Cycling British Cycling is the National Governing Body for cycling in the UK whose aim is to inspire participation in cycling as a sport, recreation and sustainable transport through achieving worldwide success. Scottish Cycling Scottish Cycling is the internationally recognised governing body of cycling in Scotland. Welsh Cycling Welsh Cycling is the internationally recognised organisation responsible for the administration and running of all six cycling disciplines in Wales. Welsh Cycling are responsible for all aspects of the sport within Wales, including grass roots and Commonwealth Games teams. Cycling Ireland Cycling Ireland is the National Governing Body for the sport of Cycling on the island Ireland affiliated to the Union Cycliste Internationale. Cyclists' Touring Club As the UK's National Cyclists' Organisation, CTC has been protecting and promoting the rights of cyclists since 1878. Audax United Kingdom Audax United Kingdom is the foremost long-distance cycling association in the UK. running ultra long-distance cycling events, using a system of timed checkpoints to validate and record every successful ride. Cycling Time Trials Cycling Time Trials is an independent U.K. national governing body with origins that date back to 1922 and administers it's own unique brand of races against the clock, that are still popular with many club cyclists. League of Veteran Racing Cyclists The League of Veteran Racing Cyclists provides racing for cyclists who are veterans. To be eligible to join you must be 40 years of age or more. Cycling England Cycling England is an independent, expert body, working to get more people cycling, more safely, more often. Established in 2005 by the Department for Transport Sustrans - National Cycling Network A leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day.
  19. Guy_Watson

    Tips For New Cyclists

    We all had to start somewhere - here's some basic tips to get you started if you are new to cycling... 1 - Spin, spin, spin! It's a common misconception that pushing a big (hard to push) gear will build up your legs and make you a faster cyclist - NOT TRUE! Fast cyclists turn big gears quickly - so you have to learn to pedal quickly first - otherwise you will be teaching yourself to push hard but slow. Don't worry, you will get enough strength from climbing hills! A good pedaling cadence to aim for is around 90 RPM (that's 3 up and downs per second - ) on the flat and try to keep pedaling at least 60 RPM on the hills if possible. One way to monitor without counting is: if you are feeling the burn in your leg muscles on fairly level terrain, then you are probably not spinning enough. If you are breathing hard on level ground, you may be spinning too fast. At first it will feel like you are working harder but this is because you are having to teach your leg muscles to be more coordinated. After a few rides, spinning will become second nature and your new found coordinated pedaling style will make you a lot more energy efficient over long distances. Other reasons for spinning instead of pushing: * Instead of being a 'diesel' and having to constantly change gear to keep in your comfort zone, you will become a high revving 'petrol' and have a much more flexible pedaling range. * You will be able to keep up much more easily in a group because you will be able to instantly respond to their accelerations. * Injury prevention - knees and back are especially vulnerable to overload. 2 - Don't be a 'Nodder!' When you ride your bike, your upper body should be as still as possible - even when you are trying hard. Some riders have no trouble with this and instantly look like a pro bike rider. For others, it 'feels' more natural and efficient to move their shoulders left and right to shift their upper bodyweight over the leg that is pushing down. One of the reasons that this may feel more 'natural' is that they are not spinning as described above. Sometimes you might have a 'Nod' or 'Bob' that is really noticeable to others - even though you might not be aware of it. Next time that you are out riding with the sun on your back - check your shadow on the road and see how much you are moving your upper body. Reasons not to 'Nod:' * The faster you pedal, the faster you 'Nod' - this will impair your ability to 'spin' * You will find it difficult to ride in a straight line - this may provoke others in a group to have a word with you because you will be endangering their safety. * You are wasting energy. * If you find it difficult to stop 'nodding' - try to loosen your grip on the handle bars and try holding the bars in different positions, e.g., both hands next to the handlebar stem. * If you use 'drop' or 'racing' handlebars, don't grip the brake lever hoods with your elbows pointing out. Rotate your wrists inwards slightly (left wrist clockwise / right hand anti-clockwise) and bend and pull your elbows slightly inwards, so that the inside of your forearms make contact with the handlebars. This transfers more of the load from your muscles to your skeleton. Try it - it works! (If this feels a bit cramped - you may need to move your brake levers down a bit - many bikes come pre-assmbled with brake levers mounted for easiest access - as you become more experienced, you may want to have your levers mounted for optimum access with maximum comfort (high doesn't always mean comfy - ask your bike shop is in doubt.) If you have a static indoor trainer (Turbo) - try this workout once or twice a week to turn yourself into a spinner: 1 - 10 minute warm up at your 'normal' revs in a low/medium gear (not much resistance.) 2 - Then, staying in the same gear, slowly accelerate until the point where you are loosing coordination and start to bounce on the saddle. As soon as you start to bounce, decelerate back to normal revs and recover. Do as many reps as you can in 5 minutes. 3 - Recover for 5 minutes at an easy pace 4 - Repeat step 2. 5 - Warm down for 5 minutes. 3 - Drink, Drink, Drink! By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Try to remember to take small drinks often. Until you get in the habit, every time you see another rider take a drink, reach for your bottle. Some riders like water, others prefer sports drinks such as Gatorade. A benefit of sports drinks is the carbohydrates and potassium they contain. Read the label and choose one which contains sucrose or dextrose. Drinks which contain high fructose corn syrup are harder to digest and can cause some riders stomach distress. * Hold a bottle to the side of your head when you offer it up to your mouth - that way you will continue to be able to see where you are going! 4 - Eat, Eat, Eat! If you are on your bike for more than an hour, your body needs food. Sports drinks help, but they are not enough for longer rides. You don't want to 'hit the wall' or 'bonk' (cycling slang for when your body has used up its supply of readily available fuel.) It's better to eat small amounts often rather then a larger amount all at once. Some riders like natural foods. Bananas, raisins, and fig bars are good. Others use energy bars - experiment and find what is best for you. * If you are trying to loose weight - don't reduce your calories during cycling - you will end up just riding more slowly due to fuel shortage. If you eat enough to ride normally - you will actually burn more net calories. * Always keep some emergency energy bars in your pocket or saddle pack in case you become lost, or delayed, or the weather changes. 5- Punctures will happen - be prepared... Practice changing an inner tube in the comfort of your home before having to do it for real in the cold and rain (or with others around you shouting 'hurry up!') Always carry a pump (that actually works!) tyre levers, a spare tube, and a repair kit. One spare tube is not enough in case you have two punctures on the same ride. Glueless patches work fine to get you home, but they are only a temporary repair. Check your tire before putting in the new tube. Often, whatever caused the flat is still sticking through the tread - also check the rim incase the rim tape is damaged and also the sidewalls just above the beading. * Check your tyres for flints and thorns after every ride - often a small sharp object will imbed in a tyre tread and take many hundreds of revolutions before it is hammered through and causes a puncture. * When you fit new tyres - rub lots of talcum powder into the inside surfaces. This acts as a lubricant and stops the tubes from pinching and helps the tube to distribute itself evenly inside the tyre when you inflate. * Do you really think that mini pump will be effective? - try it out in your garage before struggling in the cold and rain on a winters day. 6 - Use correct tyre pressures... Just because it says '140 PSI' or '9 Bars' on your tyre - it doesn't mean that's what you pump it up to - it's just the pressure that shouldn't be exceeded. Remember - a tyre pumped up to maximum pressure will not be at the safest or fastest pressure for anything other than a straight line on a perfect surface. If a tyre is pumped up too hard it will loose grip in normal conditions. You need some to have some 'give' in the tyre to absorb road vibration and enable some deformation - this makes your bike's handling much more predictable - otherwise you risk loosing grip suddenly, due to side-slipping. If in any doubt refer to the following info, which will suit the majority of riders - use as a starting point to find out what works best for you: 700c x < 25c Road = 100 PSI 700 x > 25c Road = 90 PSI 650 x < 1.8" Off Road = 45 PSI 650 x < 1.8" Off Road = 35 PSI 7- Don't wear just shorts when the temperature drops. In fact, adopt a proper cycling-specific dress code for the entire body - cycling is so different from other sports like running when it come to clothing. When you run for instance, you use a larger muscle group than you use for cycling and so it is easy to maintain a high core temperature. Cyclists have to deal with wind chill from higher velocities and also have to cope with a much higher range of temperatures. One minute you are trying to avoid over heating on a climb - the next you are having to avoid 50 kmh of wind chill on a descent. Also if you have to stop because you or a partner has punctured - you have to stay warm. It's a big performance envelop to expect from your clothing - so try to use cycling specific clothing whenever possible. Legs and knees in particular, are especially at risk because joint tissues are often subject to high loads and due to the fact that they have relatively poor blood supply - they can easily become chilled and more vulnerable to damage - even if the rest of you 'feels' warm. * If in doubt - be like the professionals - add a layer. Temperature regulation is the key to comfort. If, during a ride, you stop for any length of time, take your helmet off and maybe one upper layer to loose heat before it turns to sweat against your skin. Replace the helmet and layers as soon as you are cool - then if you are stopping for any longer, add another layer (a cape is ideal) until you have started cycling again and have warmed up. This may sound like hassle but it will make long rides more comfortable - especially in winter.
  20. Guy_Watson

    i-Team.cc Promote 'Future Stars' race

    Youth Cycling: i-Team.cc is committed to developing youth talent and was one of the first clubs to achieve British Cycling's Go-Ride status. Since 2003, i-Team youth boys and girls have won events at the highest level, including National Championship Gold, Silver & Bronze Medals and the international Assen Youth Tour in The Netherlands. In the Portsmouth Area we provide the following opportunities and support: One of the largest youth racing squad in the area, with members competing in all Youth categories from 7 to 16 years. Stop Press! - i-Team.cc Promote 'Future Stars' race - part of the support program for the 01/06/2010 Portsmouth round of the Halfords Tour Series! Portsmouth City Council and British Cycling have asked i-Team.cc to promote a race for Youth A and B riders, as part of a supporting events program that will lead up to the evening's televised professional race. This will provide a fantastic opportunity for local youth club cyclists on their Half Term break, to race on some of the same roads that the professionals will be using. 01/06/2010 Provisional Details for Supporting Events Program: The following times are an indication only and are to be confirmed by the Halford's Tour Series organisers: 15.00 - Under 12's Go-Ride Racing event for all abilities, organised by British Cycling 15.20 - Under 14's and 16's Go-Ride Racing event for all abilities, 15.45 - Go-Ride Racing Two lap handicap open to all, organised by British Cycling 16.00 - 25 minutes plus 3 laps 'Future Stars' road race for Youth A and Youth B cyclists, organised by i-Team.cc under British Cycling N.B. We understand that the Go-Ride Racing events will use the Avenue de Cean only. N.B. The actual course for the 'Future Stars' race is to be confirmed by the Halford's Tour Series organisers, but we understand that Portsmouth City Council have requested that we have use of the full pro circuit. However, in the event that the race is restricted to the Avenue de Cean only, the feild will be restricted to 30 riders. How to Enter the Go-Ride Racing Events: Download the entry form for the Go-Ride Racing events HERE - print out the form and take it along with your entry fee on 01/06/2010 and report to the British Cycling Event Team in the Avenue de Cean in good time. For more information about the Go-Ride Racing events - please contact Mason Thomas: masonthomas@britishcycling.org.uk How to Enter the i-Team.cc 'Future Stars' Event: Download the entry form for the i-Team.cc event HERE - print out the form and post along with the entry fee to the event organiser, as detailed on the form, or you will be able to enter on the line, subject to field restrictions (-please make cheques payable to 'i-team.co.uk') N.B. This event is being organised under normal British Cycling Rules and you will need to either have a racing license (requires British Cycling Gold or Silver membership) - or alternatively you can purchase a day license On the day of the event, please report to the i-Team Event Team in the Avenue de Cean in good time to complete any forms, sign on and collect numbers. For more information about the i-Team Future Stars Race - please contact Guy Watson: events@i-team.cc Prize Fund Donated by InTandem Systems Limited Ist Youth A - £25 2nd Youth A - £15 3rd Youth A - £10 Ist Youth B - £25 2nd Youth B - £15 3rd Youth B - £10 ENTRIES ON THE DAY WILL BE ACCEPTED
  21. 30 years before British Cycling started their Go-Ride initiative, Jack went in to Portsmouth Schools and invited them to use the Cycle Track at the Mountbatten Centre, for their P.E. lessons. Jack would volunteer his time to organise the track sessions and provide coaching, and thanks to a grant from Portsmouth City Council, he was able to provide the young riders with track bikes to use, and in doing so, removed a major barrier to taking up the sport. Very quickly, a core group of very talented riders emerged from a place on the South Coast that was well off the radar for National Squad selectors (sound familiar?) Jack founded the Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing in the early 1970's, which was eventually absorbed into the Portsmouth Cycling Club. Working with John Hayles, he organised coaching sessions every Friday Evening and Sunday morning - all year round. Jack would usually arive an hour before the session to sweep the leaves and debris off of the track, before spending many an hour in all weathers coaching the riders. Jack was 'Old School' even back then - but in the best possible way! He saw opportunity in risks that most others today would filter out as just a risk - such as using his big Triumph pacing motor on the slightly banked track at Portsmouth, to pace youths up to 40mph to see if they could sprint past on the line (there weren't may in the club who couldn't sprint!) Jack (seen here above on the right,) wasn't at all reckless though and had years of experience from pacing with big motors during the 1960's, up to the end of the era for this particular branch of the sport. "If you can ride behing a motor, you can ride anything," was his saying - and most of what he said turned out to be true. Another thing which couldn't really happen today was he'd borrow a minibus from a school and take us all away for a weekend to race at Liecester on the Saturday and Nottingham on the Sunday, giving so many of us the opportunity to race against the best riders in the country. Looking back, there was a real method to everything he did for us. Below is a great article from Cycling Weekly - it's from another era, but a lot of Jack's innovative spirit lives on today with the approch taken by the Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Coaches. R.i.P. Jack & thanks for the inspiration - Guy Watson
  22. Guy_Watson

    Portsmouth Cycling Club

    This web page has been made to remind the world that Portsmouth Cycling Club has a proud history, and although it is currently closed to new members, it is still alive and well, and also in memory of Jim Lanmead and Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing founder Jack Smith. Jim and Jack typify what made Portsmouth Cycling Club such a great group to be a part of and why it was so succesfull in the 1970's and 1980's. In many ways, some of the spirit of Portsmouth CC lives on in i-Team.cc, especially because the club founder and main sponsor are also both PCC members, and like PCC, i-Team.cc is based at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth, and organises the Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing. Above National 2000m Tandem Sprint Track Championships 1987, Brian Fudge steers with stoker Jon Belfield (Director and Owner of i-Team.cc main sposor, InTandem Systems) Jack Smith: Jack Smith (seen here with Commonwealth Games Medalist Tony Mayer,) was the engine behind Portsmouth CC's success on the track. 30 years before British Cycling started their Go-Ride initiative, to encourage youth participation by working with schools and youth groups, Jack contacted Portsmouth Schools and invited them to use the Cycle Track at the Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Portsmouth, for their P.E. lessons. Jack volunteered his time to organise the sessions and provide coaching, and thanks to a gract from Portsmouth City Council, was able to provide the young riders with track bikes to use - removing a major barrier to taking up the sport. Very quickly, a core group of very talented riders emerged from a place on the South Coast that was well of the radar for National Squad selectors (sound familiar?) Jim Langmead: Jim Langmead competed as an able-bodied athlete because there was no alternative - it would be decades before ParaSport and the ParaOlympics would provide a rider like Jim with the opportunity to compete at a World Class level. Above: Herne Hill 1978 representing Great Britain left to right Russell Williams, Brad Thurell, Jim Langmead RIP Portsmouth Cycling Club, David Akam and Gordon Wooldridge. Despite having one leg that was dissproportionally several inches shorter, with hardly any calf muscle and a foot several sizes shorter than his 'normal' side, Jim went on to win the National Sprint Championship, Medal in the NAtional Junior Sprint Championship and be selected to represent Great Britian. Peter McGowan Long before the World the World Class Performance Plan, Pete got 8th in the 1979 World Junior 1km champs in Argentina when his training consisted of some work behind the motorbike once a week at The Mountbatten Centre, and training on his road bike doing intervals up Portsdown Hill! With a determination to succeed that truley sets the bechmark for dedication, at 19, Pete found a way to be one of the only Westerners to be alowed to train behing the Iron Curtain with the then dominant East German team, where he gained the respect of the East German, Russian and Checkslovakian squads. Tony Mayer: Accompanying Jim at the 1979 World's was Tony Mayer.... Tony was unbeatable on his day and a real all-rounder, competitive at all distances from 1kmTT to 100km TT and Road Racing. Tony (bottom left above) was a hugely talented rider who won the National Championship (and set the National Record for) the 3000m Junior Team Pursuit. Tony went on to win several National tiles and represent Great Britian and medal at World Championships and Commonwealth Games. Above: 1983 Worlds Zurich GB Team Pursuit — with Paul Curran, Tony Mayer, Shaun Wallace and Adrian Timmis. As a measure of his talent, Tony rocked up at the Etape du Tour a few years ago, after a good decade or so away from the bike and finsihed in the top 200! Another story in the Tony legend was when he was training for the 1983 National 25 mile TT Champs. He'd been out training doing intervals and rode past the start of a Fareham Wheelers evening 10 mile TT on the P812 Hipley Course. Good riders would normally win this with a short '24' - Tony entered on the line and won the club event with a long '21'! - I don't think any rider has come close since - and Tony was riding a standard road bike without Tri-Bars. 4 days later, Tony rode that same road bike in the National 25 and was just beaten into 2nd place by the great Dave Lloyd. Above: Pete & Tony - joint National Champions! As well as the above riders, who went on to represent their country, riders such as Brian Fudge, Paul Gatenby, Nigel Powell, Paul McGuiness etc. would win National Medals and win National Races. Above: Double World Champion, Olympic medalist and i-Team.cc Club President Rob Hayles (holding bike) with i-Team.cc founder Guy Watson (Far Right) Above: Cristchurch Town Centre Races Mid 80's
  23. Guy_Watson

    Tour of Flanders Weekend

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    A dozen of us or so are off to ride the Tour of Flanders Sportive and then watch Sunday's Pro Race - see this forum thread for details
  24. Guy_Watson

    User's Guide - New & Existing Members

    Please take a moment to read this article and get up to speed with how the club member's website works. Once you have joined British Cycling and paid your i-Team.cc annual club subscription, you'll be sent your log-in username and password for the member's website areas. Why don't we just use Facebook? In the old days, a cycling club member would be expected to make some time to attend their weekly club evening at a village hall, scout hut etc. to catch up with team mates, and find out what the club plans were for upcoming events. If they didn't attend the club evening, they would only hear about things second hand and by word of mouth. With i-Team.cc the village hall has been replaced by the Team Hub Website - but the principle is the same - members are expected to make the effort to come to the club to find out information, and not sit around expecting the club to find them. So although i-Team.cc uses various social media feeds to promote the club to the wider world, these posts typically only tell the world what we've been doing recently - we will only use Social Media for member annoucements in an emergency, such as if the club website is down. There are some very good reasons for this: Social media feeds are not private - although that might not matter to you - it might matter to other members We would flood social media feeds with routine announcemnts and dilute the impact of using social media for it's best purpose - does Facebook really need to know that we've bought some new race numbers? Not everyone uses Facebook & Twitter - it would be easy to exclude someone if we formed a Facebook Group - we are about inclusion Emails lists are great if you are on the mailing list in the first place, have remembered to tell everyone your new email address, and the message doesn't end up in a spam box - and providing everyone managed to read the email about the new start venue in time! So nearly all communication between the club and it's members is via the member's website (there's a clue in our club's name Having a degree of privacy enables members to share information, so that the Team Hub website can be a one stop shop for everything i-Team with has some great features: You can search a list of members and look for other members with similar interests, who are near to you You can use a private messaging system to contact other club members and they can get in touch with you Easily share a lot of information that can be accessed in the future using the search tool Everyone finds out about the lastest plans and is asked for their input at the same time, in the same way So, please take a moment to read this article and get up to speed with how the club member's website works. Below you will find some important information about how to get the most out of your i-Team.cc membership, including your unique User Name and Password for the members website areas. I would strongly recommend that you set aside an hour or so when you can, to visit the member’s forums and read through the “Info & Help - Find Club Documents Here” Section and have a good read through the information and documentation there. Afterwards, have a browse of the various forums and check out the ones that interest you the most. Thereafter, please visit the forums at least weekly if you can to keep up to date with what your team mates are up to. We understand that not everyone is completely confident with I.T. skills but we hope that this step-by-step article will help you get started. If you are a new member starting out, you should be prepared to invest some time to read through this article and complete all of the tasks - but this is something you'll only need to do once and the reward will be that you'll feel more part of the club and members will be able to interact with you more easily. Existing members, please note that this article will be revised regularly, so it will be worth revisiting and skimming through for changes and any new features every few months or so. A quick scroll down will reveal lots of screen shots - don't let this put you off working your way through the article, most of these screens just represent a mouse click. Remember, you don't need to learn everything all at once and complete all of the tasks in one go! Your co-operation in completing your membership profile and keeping it up to date is really appretaited. GETTING STARTED - SITE LAYOUT Please look at the image above to familiarise yourself with the member's website layout Signing In: N.B. You cannot create your own account - accounts can only be created by the Administrator, this is done only after you have purchased i-Team membership via British Cycling and you've signed and returned a completed membership application & disclaimer. Once your account has been created be the Administrator, you will be sent your user name and password to the email address you specified on the application form. Your user name and password must not be changed - if you do this by accident, your account will become locked. If you forget your password and/or if your account becomes locked for any reason, just send an email to members@i-team.cc and the administrator will sort this for you. You must not disclose your log in details to anyone else. If you share a computer with another member, remember to log in as yourself. Membership Profiles: Being active on your bike is core to being an i-Team.cc member but you also have many opportunities to contribute to your club and benefit from being a member. No other club provides it's members with such comprehensive facilities for communicating with other members online and this is part of what makes i-Team unique. Once you are logged in, you can get a snap-shot view of one of your team mates by mousing over their Profile Picture in any part of the member's website areas. A pop-up window will show an enlarged profile picture, their real name and contact details. This is great if you've been introduced to someone out on a ride but forgot their name for instance. If you click on the user name in the pop-up window, their full profile can be viewed and you can learn some more about them, including their posts, blogs and interests Accessing & Editing Your Membership Profile: Now you've seen how useful a member profile can be to fellow team mates, it's now time to check and complete your own Membership Profile. If you are starting from scratch, allow 30 minutes or so to work through the instructions below. Access your membership profile by mousing over your name, wait for highlighting and then click your left mouse button. Select 'Profile' Loading / Changing Your Profile Picture: Click on the small grey camera icon Select 'Upload Photo' and Choose Single file Browse to select a suitable photo on your PC (max size is 0.5 MB and you will need to crop and resize your image to 500x500 pixels or smaller, and idealy the image will be in .jpg format. If you don't know how to do this - just send your un-edited picture to members@i-team.cc and it will be done for you N.B. Your Profile Photo must be a head and shoulder shot, so that other members can recognise you. This is a condition of i-Team membership because it fundamental to how i-Team works as an internet based cycling club. Once loaded, the photo will be used various locations, in various sizes, so please use a passport type image, or you can use a cropped photo of you cycling as shown below. Once your photo has uploaded, you can make a few adjustments on position and size and then click save You Profile Photo should now be shown as a circular image like the one above You may want to experiment and repeat the process a few times until you get the best result. Loading / Changing Your Cover Photo (optional): Cover photos are an oportunity to add a bit of personality to your Membership Profile, and are like a Facebook Cover Photo. Cover photos don't have to be to do with your cycling activities, they can be about anything really - as long as they are suitable for our younger members. Mouse over 'Cover Photo' amd click the photo frame and select 'Upload Photo' (maximum size is 2.0 MB) Browse to select a suitable photo on your PC. Ideally it needs to be a 'letter box' shape Once the file has been uploaded, click 'Save' You may need to use the 'Reposition Photo' tool - once selected, you'll be able to drag your image into the best position Once you are happy, click 'Save Photo' Completing Your Membership Profile: Access your membership profile by mousing over your name, wait for highlighting and then click your left mouse button. Select 'Edit Profile' Work down the list and add as much detail as you can into the text fields. As an absolute minimum, you must include your current email address, current town & date of birth (this can only be viewed by other members) N.B. All communication between the club admin and yourself is by email - therefore it is essential that you ensure that your email address is up to date and that you check that any spam settings on your email program are set up so that www.i-team.cc is not classed as span or junk main. A link to your own business or personal website should be fine N.B. Any content or links must be suitable for ages. Please seek permission before displaying any text or links to commercial sites or businesses. This is to avoid conflicts with any Team Sponsors current or future. Account Settings: This is where you can update you email address and signature etc. Select 'Account Settings' from your drop down menu You can change your email address on this tab Password tab above is shown for info only - N.B. if you try to change your password from the one that was originally sent to you when you joined, your account will become locked. If this happens, or if you forget your password, please send an email to members@i-team.cc for it to be reset. You can add a signature to your profile like the one above if you want to, this helps other members get to know a bit more USING THE TEAM WEBSITE DAY TO DAY View New Content: Select 'View New Content' to view the content that has been added since your last visit This is always a good place to start. Click the 'View New Content' button. You may see 'Articles' highlighted in the left hand menu by default. If there are no new articles since your last visit, you will get a 'No new content' message. Highlight and click the 'Topics' tab in the left hand menu to display all of the new forum posts since your last visit - click any topic in the list to go straight there. You can then work your way down the left hand menu to look for new content in the Blog, Calendar etc. Activity Streams Similar to 'View New Content' but this is a list of constant feeds of topics / Articles / Blogs etc. in the order that they were posted e.g. You can look back through a record of all Status Updates Starting a new Topic on a Forum Browse to the forum that you want to post in and select 'Start new topic' Alternatively, you can do this: Use the CREATE tool to start a topic Browse & select the forum that is the best fit for you topic. Browse down and there will be a topic announcing the latest members Always read the post back to yourself - if you need to change anything, use the Edit function N.B. You may want to use the Search System to look for similar topics before posting Replying to a Topic on a Forum Reply to a topic by writing in the blank text box at the bottom of the topic thread Once you've written your reply and attached any files that may be relevant, click 'Submit Reply' Alternatively, you can click on the 'Reply to this Topic' button above the first post in the topic thread You can click on the Quote button to include the original post (or part of it) in your reply Or if you want to quote more than one member, click the + sign against each post that you want to quote in your reply Once you've written your reply and attached any files that may be relevant, click 'Submit Reply' You can allways edit your reply afterwards if you need to (N.B. this won't change any posts where members have already quoted your previous post) Status Udates: Status are intended to be used a bit like a short Facebook update or Twitter message, i.e. how you are feeling or what yu are thinking about in the moment Status Updates are not intended to be used for detailed messages, or to post something that will be usefull to others in future because unlike forum posts, they will get overwritten However, you can cut and paste a link to a forum post though into a Status Update to raise awareness of something that is currently important Use the Create Tool to make a Status Update Forum Guidelines Hopefully you are now ready to post some replies and maybe a status update or two! - Just ome last thing before you do - please read through the Forum Guidelines & Rules If you can spare a few minutes each week to contribute to your club online, your reward will be an increased sense of belonging to your team, it will help you build and maintain friendships and ensure that you get the maximum value from being an i-Team member Thanks for reading - see you online! Guy
  25. We try to organise some of the best club rides in the area. The success of these rides is due to the fact that they staywell structured. These rides are mainly intended for i-Team members only, or for those thinking of joining i-Team. Guests are allways most welcome but please read the notes below about preperation, commitment and ability To manage expectation and to ensure progression, we have 4 main categories for our club rides: 'Green' - Typically 14mph/23KPH Average speed - lots of regrouping at tops of hills etc. - you wont get left behind intentionally - this is the entry level / social ride speed for our official group club rides 'Amber' - Typically 16-18mph/25-30kph average speed - frequent regrouping at tops of hills etc. - if you frequently get dropped perhaps this isn't the ride for you yet - this is the standard level for our official group club rides 'Red' - Typically 18mph/30kph average speed - some planned regrouping at tops of hills etc. - if you frequently get dropped perhaps this isn't the ride for you yet - this is the advanced level for our official group club rides 'Black' - Typically +20mph/35kph average speed - no regrouping (if you get dropped you are on your own or regroup with others - this is the advanced level for our club training rides Purpose of the 'Red' training ride from Cowplain / Rowlands Castle: To provide i-Team Members with a structured, safe and friendly group riding experience for intermediate to advanced club standard ridersTo encourage and support i-Team Members & Guests develop their cycling skills and ability - i.e. to give a progression from the 'Amber' rides and prepare riders for the 'Black' rides and prepare for racing Meeting Time: 09.00 - Outside Nico's Deli 45-47 London Road, Cowplain, Hampshire, PO8 8DH10.00 - On alternate weeks (see forum for details, or post a question in the 'Official Club Rides' Forum if in doubt) - Outside The Village Coffee Shop, 2 The Green, Rowland's Castle PO9 6BNMeeting Place: Meeting Place: Outside The Village Coffee Shop, 2 The Green, Rowland's Castle PO9 6BNN.B. Please keep the entrance to the shop clear for their customers and also keep the pavement clear to maintain our good relationship with the residents of the village. If you are going to use the shop services (tables & chairs, toilet etc.) it goes without saying that you should buy a drink or some food from them and keep the facilities clean. Typical Ride Structure: Around 3-4 hours, typically 18 mph average speedBefore every ride starts, there should be a quick chat about the route, saftey points (which is allways ultimately the responsibility of the individual participants, who take part at their own risk,) and also a quick introduction for any new faces.We allways have a 30 mins steady warm up at 18-20 mph max.Everyone rides with the group and does not up the pace set by the most experienced riders for the first part of the rideAt pre-agreed points, on a hill etc, everyone can press on at their own pace but we will allways regroup at the top of the climb. There will be some regroupings at top of hills etc. - if for some reason you are really struggling, we will chat with you and make sure you are able to get back home OKAbout 15-30 minutes from the finish, the 'red flag' goes down and everyone who want's to can up the pace to the finish (This helps to thin any big bunches out and so helps getting the group back through any Saturday traffic.) How everyone on the ride can help: If this is goiing to be your first time - please contact Guy Watson in advance on info @ i-team.ccEveryone must arrive promtly at the start.Any new faces are introduced and made to feel welcome.The route and aims of the ride are explained to everyone before leaving.Saftey is everyone's responsibility - don't blindly follow - stay alert and be aware of the potential risks to yourself and othersBikes must be fit for purpose & very well maintained.You must have at least 1 spare tube and proper pump and/or CO2 pump and know how to use them.The first 30 mins HAS TO BE STEADY to allow everyone to warm up.The group has to stay compact - front riders do not up the pace or sprint out of corners If you are fit - stay on the front on low gears but for no more than 5 minutes but DO NOT UP THE AVERAGE PACE.. Rear riders should try hard not to let gaps OF MORE THAN ONE BIKE LENGTH open up out of corners - or when riding at a steady pace - NO MORE THAN 1 meter from the wheel in front (This includes descents - just ride to the side of the rider in front - this gives you effectively 3 Meters.)There has to be good communication - if a rider is about to be dropped, or punctures, or has to answer the call of nature - he should shout out 'EASY!' before he looses contact with the group. The exception may be on some hills where we ride up at our individual best pace and regroup at the top - but the group does not start the descent before group has reformed. EVERONE MAKE SURE THE FRONT RIDERS KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING.These rides can be a good training session but they are not the place to show everyone how fit you are, to the extent of splitting the group up on every climb. If you are in good form, gear down and spin. Help other riders by protecting them from the wind, giving the odd helpfull push on a climb.N.B. Everyone punctures from time to time and if it happens to you, don't panic - shout out and everyone should stop and someone will be able to check if you are OK. Assistance will be on hand to help with this but riders should try to be self sufficient and have a spare tube and either full size pump or CO2 pump to minimise time lost. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL HALF WAY THROUGH THE RIDE TO START PRACTISING HOW TO CHANGE A TYRE!!! IMPORTANT NOTES ON ROUTES Etc.: This Club Ride is not meant to be like a Sportive or other organised event, so a rough direction and route only might be announced on the day as part of the pre-ride group breifing, this can then take into account the conditions on the day i.e.: Weather / Traffic / Composition of the Group.No individual rider is ever responsible for the final route taken - a rider can propose a route for the group to take but the final choice is always a unanmous group decision beacuse each rider always makes their own individual dynamic risk assesment throught the ride, based on their best judgement - it is always up to the individual whether to follow another rider or not, or take advice or to ignore it. i-TEAM'S CONSIDERATIONS: To affiliate the organisation to suitable governing bodies such as British CyclingTo set guidelines in the best interests of safety and maintaining a good club imageTo endevour to try to maintain awareness of the guidelinesTo offer facilities that allow members to interact with each other and arrange to meet on rides.To raise awareness of the requirements & responsibilities of individual members and club organisation INDIVIDUAL MEMBER'S / GUESTS'S CONSIDERATIONS: To organise their own appropriate 3rd Party InsuranceTo make themselves and other members aware of the current club rules and guidelines in the interests of safety and club imageAs far as possible to make themselves aware of the nature and format of the ride and to ensure that they are properly preparedAs far as possible to ensure that their bike is serviceable with spare tube / pump / tools (and be proficient their use)Wear official club clothing as far as possible / practicalTo arrive promptly and do their best to ensure that the ride departs at the pre-set time.To become a member of the club after a maximum of 3 guest rides and to keep membership up to dateTo help ensure that no more than 5 non-members ever ride with any club rideRaise awareness as soon as possible of any hazards or difficultiesTry to look out for others in difficultyHelp with positive feedback after each ride using the appropriate forum threadRespect and consider any advice given by more experienced membersTo ride safely, allways following the Highway Code when practical and always riding with consideration for other road users, other club members and your own individual safetyAll participants taking part in our organised club rides must wear a suitable, correctly fitting helmetHeadphones, personal stereos etc. and anything that might unduely affect an individual rider's awareness should be removed while particiapting in club rides - therefore please do not be offended if you are asked by another member to comply with this advice FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: How many take part in these rides? Typically around 20-30 riders. Do you always meet at the same time / place on Saturdays? Yes - this is most important - that way everyone knows the score and the ride leaves promptly - especially important if it is cold. Is it always the same route? The routes are varied as much as possible but the limitations are that with 20 plus riders, we have to try to minimise exposure to heavy traffic, busy junctions, right turns, roundabouts etc and get back to the start within 2 hours. How good does my bike need to be? It doesn't need to be expensive but it really needs to be a road bike and must be reliable - if in doubt, get your bike checked out at a local bike shop in the week BEFORE the ride. How old do I have to be? Typically, for 'Green' and 'Amber' rides the minimum age is 12 if accompanied by a parent - but it depends on your ability - please contact Guy Watson in advance on info@i-team.cc Do you ride in all weather? Everything except ice and fog - we often get more turn up when it's raining! Are non-members allowed to come along on these rides? Absolutely - that's what we are all about! Posted Image - but, to ensure that everyone gets the most enjoyment from it, there are some conditions: ABILITY: We don't wan't to leave anyone behind but there is a minimum ability standard for this ride - please note the average speeds and duration. That's not to say that this ride is beyond the ability of a fit novice, but you will need to be fairly confident riding in a group. To avoid potential dissapointment or embarrasment, the best advise would be to come along on one of the Saturday Morning 'Cafe Club' rides from Rowlands Castle first, and see how that goes.PREPERATION: It is a bit disrespectful to other people if you turm up on a group ride and you haven't checked your bike before hand to see that it is serviceable and well maintained.COMMITMENT: These rides are organised by i-Team members, for i-Team members. Guests are allways very welcome, but after 3 rides, guests will be expected to make a commitment and purchase i-Team Membership.INSURANCE: It is a condition of i-Team membership that members must organise and keep current, their own 3rd party insurance, e.g. British Cycling Silver or Gold membership. N.B. For our British Cycling Club Insurance purposes, no more than 5 guests can be accommodated on any club ride.LIABILITY: All participants of i-Team club rides do so entirely at their own risk. If members bring a guest with them - they are responsible for them (please stay near to them on the ride and look after them as need be.) In no event will i-Team.cc, or any of it's members, be liable for any loss or damage, including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from participating on our club rides. More info for members Essential Information For Riding in a Group
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