May 5 Weekend Ride Update

Weekend rides times will move to 10am and stay fixed there for the summer. If you’re riding to our start locations, this should give you plenty of time without having to leave super-early.

Saturday May 5 Ride

Colchester East LoopSaturday we’ll go with a loop east of town, starting at Colchester School, similar to what was planned on the Sunday ride last weekend. Here’s the modified route to avoid the rough pavement on TWP 522: https://www.strava.com/routes/13029856

Sunday – ERTC ITT or Self-Organized Group Ride

ERTC ITT CourseI encourage you to try the “Spring Series Individual Time Trial” organized by ERTC. Keeping true to the Spring Series spirit, it’s about bragging rights only. No real prizes or points are on offer.

You will not need a Time Trial (TT) bike. Simply use your road bike and hold an aero position with elbows bent, hands in the drops. It worked fine for Eddy Merckx before the invention of all the crazy aero TT bikes. But of course if you’ve got a TT bike, let ‘er rip!

This event is an ideal Functional Threshold Power (or Heart Rate) test for you. Learn what sustainable Power or Heart Rate you can manage over a 30km distance. Can you really pace yourself well?

Again, a TT bike is not needed to learn how to self-pace yourself for this type of race effort. Remember the 3 golden rules of racing time trials: 1) Don’t start too hard ; 2) DON’T start too hard; 3) DON’T START TOO HARD!! Send me your race data file and I can give you some insights about how well your pacing worked out, and advice for the future.

Here’s the link to ERTC’s Tech Guide. Online registration ends at 21:00 May 5. But they will be accepting race day registrations on a cash-only basis.

If you don’t race the ITT, enjoy the weekend weather on Sunday. Gather a few riding mates from Saturday’s ride and set off on your own this Sunday.

Learn to Ride Track Sessions Start Monday May 7

The 4 week co-ed Learn to Ride Track program begins Monday at 6pm. This program gets you ready to take on the more organized workouts at the velodrome. And besides that, it’ll also build your group riding skills to confidently apply to your road riding too. I strongly encourage all new club members to sign up for this series. Even if you don’t continue with track, you’ll be a much safer rider all-round in the end.

Send an email to organizer Stefan Ritter (stefanshredsfernie@gmail.com) letting him know you’ll be there this Monday!

Weekday Riding Starts Tuesday May 8

The exact routes will be evolving, but I’d like to get things started on Tuesday May 8. I’ll be coming off a big week of riding in Penticton, so I won’t be looking for hard efforts myself. Let’s meet in the Muttart Conservatory parking lot, and explore which hills are ride-able and can fit into an evening hill circuit. Start time 6:30pm.

And remember Jason’s MTB ride from the Giant Edmonton Store on Thursday at 6:30pm.

Watch for Twitter updates if the weather messes with our plans and we need to make cancellations.

 

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