I always thought there was only one 6:30 on a Sunday! As I dragged myself out of bed I remembered that isn’t the case when Titan are hosting their annual charity bike ride in conjunction with St Neots Cycling Club. Karen, Caroline, George and I were there at 7:30 to make sure everything was set up and ready to go for the first riders to sign on from 8:00. We’d filled the urns, got the soup warmers plugged in (didn’t fuse the building this year) and waited. The first riders to sign on were the Titan Mountain Bikers who decided to go ‘rogue’ and do their own ride to Grafham, round the reservoir and back.
“Why, oh why!“ was the only thought that my brain could coherently hold for more than a couple of seconds. I was currently heading towards a place called Hem in phase three of a newly ingrained “four positions on the bike interval session”. Tops, Hoods, Drops and finally the now almost forgotten and increasingly hard to find on modern bars “Corners”. Over the previous 5 hours I had discovered to my eternal delight that when on the tops and through very subtle changes in grip pressure I could rattle my eye balls to the point it was impossible to focus, cause quite painful brain rattle, make my triceps flap (do I really have chicken wings?) or smash all my fingers together concertina style.
As you may know, last year Staś (Chobrzyński), David (Spoors) and I (Mike Biggs) had a long April weekend in Scotland, as training for the classic LEJOG trip later in the year. We enjoyed both trips so much that we vowed to do something similar as soon as we could. So in April this year, we headed over to Wales to ride from Chester to Carmarthen, about 220 miles, over 3 days (so about a quarter of a LEJOG). This time, we were joined by Dave (Richards), to provide some local muscle (protection from the locals), and Roger (Silk), who kindly offered to be our support driver.
Club member and driving guru Dave Wilson will be riding this year's RL100 for a very worthy cause.
He writes: This summer I am doing the Ride London 100 cycle event in memory of my little nephew William who passed away last year aged 2 from a serious heart condition.
With the inclement weather in full swing the explosion of smart turbo trainers and improving software applications have invigorated the whole indoor training experience. The software du jour is Zwift, which adds a gaming aspect to proceedings. SNCC member and Zwift user Dave Lindsay has written an article explaining what's it all about.
St Neots Cycling Club member, Jacob Hennessy has been selected by British Cycling to join the Senior Academy Programme in the Men's Endurance group. This is amazing progress for Jacob who started racing as a complete novice for St Neots CC less than three years ago, and has since moved on to race for an elite team.
The warm waters of Lake Balaton provide some beautiful scenic images, but it wasn’t this that lured me back here, it was the challenge to see if I could ride a complete circuit of the lake in one day.
Nic Pillinger came third in his age category in the recent European Age Group Duathlon Championsips. Nic has published an excellent write-up with photos on his own website.
We set off in the Hennessey fun bus late Thursday afternoon for Luton Airport, loaded like the Brady bunch and with the best part of £10,000 worth of hardware, Dave’s particular brand of non-concentrating driving was under close scrutiny from anyone who had their eyes open!