Pouring rain. Redhill’s team understandably unsure of track safety headed home for Zwift. EGCC just Luke + me. Oxted brought Tom Webby, Simon Arnold, Marcel Rizza and Catherine Howe.
One gate crasher – Stuart Thorn. In the event the rain gods relented, the track drained fast (that’s why it’s banked!), coach Joseph went ahead.
So it was in to warm up, then skills (squaring the circle, 7 abreast stacking), then some fun.
In the team pursuit it was 3 to count. We planned that, as the slowest rider of our 4, I’d blast it for the first lap then be prepared to get dropped. But our team split and it was game over – I could hear Luke casually humming an annoying tune as the 3 of them caught us and literally whistled past.
Then pairs on the blue for recovery, a bit ragged but what the hell.
Finally ‘Last Man Standing’ – it was pretty soon down to the 3 quick guys. Tom and Simon 1 and 2, (couldn’t see which way round, I was half a lap back by then) Luke 3rd, maintaining Wayne’s bike’s record of a podium finish in every race it’s done. Hence the point score
Oxted 5 points, E.Grinstead 1, Redhill 0.
My bike was still pretty clean at the end. My socks weren’t.
Herne Hill Track Training October to March
Stay sharp over the winter!
Coached Herne Hill winter track series, EGCC + Oxted CC + Redhill CC. Second Sunday, each month 15:00-17:00.
Oct 14th 2018 15:00-17:00
Nov 11th 2018 15:00-17:00
Dec no session
Jan 13th 2019 15:00-17:00
Feb 10th 2019 15:00-17:00
Mar 10th 2019 15:00-17:00
Series-long interclub challenge.
5 places reserved at each session for each club. First come first served!
£15 each includes hire of a track bike (bring your own pedals and spanner). Or use your own track bike if you prefer (must be compliant – f/w, no brakes, no q/r, no sticky-out sharp bits).
No previous track experience needed – fixed wheel virgins will be introduced to the dark arts with great sensitivity.
Contact Pete Bedingfield firstname.lastname@example.org or 07715 757819. Please reserve a place 4 weeks ahead of each date.