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    'Mince Pie' Ride

    Team Sponsors Jon and Wendy Belfield again extend a warm welcome to all i-Team members and guests who take part in the 'Mince Pie' club ride, which will be on Saturday 11h of Janurary Both rides will proceed smoothly and everyone should arrive at Jon and Wendy's between 1100 and 1130. Anyone who was on last year's ride will know that almost nothing can go wrong with this plan. Club Kit is requested please for the photos at Jon's The traditional format is for a main group to head out easy from Rowlands to Britian's best Man-Cave at Belfield Towers in Bishop's Waltham. For the last few years the format has been as follows: Cowplain group leaves from Nico's at 09:15 and follows this 48.3km route: https://www.strava.com/routes/1215762 Rowlands group leaves at 09:55 and follows this 34km route: https://www.strava.com/routes/7131848 Jon & Wendy's address is: Little Hoe Lodge, Rareridge Lane, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1DX Jon will be Joining us at Rowlands at 09.30 so please arrive early for a prompt start! After a mandatory mince pie, there will be a photos around Noon and then the ride will depart around 12.15 for what individuals / groups think is the quickest / best route back to rendevous at Nicos Cowplain, then on to Rowlands for cake. Thanks Jon & Wendy Edited November 18, 2018 by Guy_Watson
  2. Hi Everyone Just to confirm the arrangements for our Christmas/New Year do! Let me know if I have missed anything or you need to know anything else. Its quite a long post so scroll down for all the menu choices. When: Saturday 11th January 7.30pm Where: Robin Hood Rowlands Castle Cost: Two courses £21.95. Three courses £25.95 What you need to do: 1) Make your choices 2) Leave a message on the members forum by 2nd Jan: 3) PAY IN FULL by FRIDAY 10th JANUARY LETS PARTY!!!
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  4. 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!
  5. 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?
  6. 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!
  7. Official i-Team.cc CTT Standard Distance Club Records: Senior Male - Ben Williams : 18:59 : P881R : 14 September 2019 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 - Ben Williams : 49:54 : P884/25 : 3rd July 2019 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 assisted' 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
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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
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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
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    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. 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
  15. Event detailsWe 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 'Amber' 10.00am Saturday ride from Rowlands Castle: To provide i-Team Members with a structured, safe and friendly group riding experience for intermediate club standard ridersTo encourage and support i-Team Members & Guests develop their cycling skills and ability - i.e. to give a progression from the 'Green' rides and prepare riders for the 'Red' rides 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 09:45. The ride leaves at 10.00 PROMPT - please do not expect everyone to wait even a couple of minutes for you as this is unfair on those who arrived early. 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 2-3 hours, typically 16 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 16 mph max.Everyone rides with the group and does not up the pace set by the most experienced ridersAt 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 regular 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 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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