“Bicycles are almost as good as guitars for meeting girls”
~Bob Weir, Grateful Dead
Welcome to our 3rd edition.
As we near the end of February the pro season starts getting serious and we start to see a shift from those long winter group rides to more specific training in ones and twos with intervals becoming the norm amoungst full gas hill efforts.
In this edition we’re concentrating on sharing news and updates rather than any long reads but we’ll return in March with a bit more editorial content. As always, contact James Stannard or Ben Knapp if you have any feedback or want to include something in the future.
UPCOMING RACES & SOCIAL
The Winter series across the four circuits will come to and end by March but the early spring races will now come thick and fast. There will be a 3 week Saturday afternoon series at Hog Hill and numerous other events as we ramp up through March with the first Surrey League and SERRL road races. The San Fairy Ann Crit series also kicks off at Cyclopark on the 28th of February.
Looking ahead to summer the opportunities to race during the week will be numerous with Full Gas taking over from SERRL at Cyclopark and Mike Beasant rsuming racing on Wednesday nights at Velopark. East London Velo have already listed their Summer Series at Hog Hill on British Cycling and then there is Palace, the best of them all.
Remember the clubs Annual Dinner and Prize giving, which is more relaxed and informal than it suggests, it will take place on Thursday the 5th of March at the Flying Pig in East Dulwich. You can read more on the forum and secure your tickets through RiderHQ. The clubs annual awards and trophies are the highlight of the evening as is the raffle that will see proceeds directed to the clubs preferred charity.
Here’s the link to upcoming events in the South East and Eastern Regions (Hog Hill & Velopark).
Follow this link to recent results in the South East and Eastern Regions.
Our highlights have included:
- Ben Allen taking 2nd in the the ELV Winter Series with some inspired riding and great support from fellow club mates. Ben rode well all series and deservedly held on to second place in the series overall.
- Dulwich have dominated the clubs VeloPark Winter series taking the mens wins in both the 2/3s and 4ths across the first 3 weeks of racing with wins for Nathan Parnell, Dominic Munson, James Freeman and Mark McCullagh strongly supported by some excellent racing from club mates.
- The ladies have also done us proud at VeloPark both in terms of numbers and results with numerous top 10 finishes and a 3rd place to Emma Fudge in week 3. It is great to see the results of the womens training sessions and race coaching on the circuit each week and it will be very exciting as this group develops into the summer races that are just around the corner.
- Week 4 saw an unfortunate end to James Freeman campaign with a puncture on the line and no carbon rim to be borrowed. A real shame for him but he did end up with the most aggressive prize for the series. There was better luck in the 4ths with George Hayes taking the win and making it a clean sweep in the 4ths for Dulwich. Check out the Winter Series page on the club site for more information and race reports.
FACES IN THE BUNCH
This time round we introduce with Joseph Clifford one of our youths making the step up to senior racing in 2015. A face you will get to know and a name you will see getting a few points this year…
How did you first get into racing?
I wish that I knew what I know now…
Favourite local circuit and why?
Best place you have ridden a bike?
What are your goals for 2015?
What are you known for in Dulwich Paragon?
My autobiography would be called…
Favourite Dulwich team mate & why?
Pro you’re most like?
Sum up riding a bike in three words…
We had some good feedback from the basic training plan we shared last month. As we said in that issue there are many varied approaches and opinions when it comes to training. What is agreed is that introducing structure to your training week will yield results. As we approach the racing season SST and 6x5s become the norm alongside group rides with hills taken at full gas and shouts (or gasps) of “see you at the top!” become common place on weekend rides.
Don’t forget to train your mind ahead of the season, as well as learning about how to train and what works for you take some time to think about the race itself. Here’s some good stuff from the CyclingTips website:
REGULAR RACER RIDES
We just wanted to provide a bit of feedback on the experimental regular racer rides which we had introduced after a lull in the Sunday rides. We had a good turnout despite the cold weather and after a bit of getting used we were soon looking picture perfect with tidy rotations throughout the ride. It’s an incredibly efficient way of riding and it ensures you get to talk to the whole group over the course of the day. The route, designed by Rich Whitehorn (thank you!), was also a big success. Rolling and safe and a perfect 3.5 hours fast training if you want to give it a go. In terms of continuity it is quite a tricky time of year as people get into specific training and racing but we are keen to carry on with this in some shape or form. Keep an eye on both the forum and the DPRT Strava page for open invitations to rides in March.
Don’t forget that there is often an early group on Sunday who meet for a 7:15 departure from Elmers End getting back for around 10:30. The pace is normally steady but there is always a few up for some efforts up hills so long as you are prepared to politely wait for the others at the top (or roll down and pick them up).