This WWCC 2019 Social Calendar will get off to a start with a classic – Beer & curry. February 22 @ 7:00 pm. Join us from 1900 in the Kings Head before heading to the Taj at 2000 for a curry on 22 Feb.
If you want to come head here and let me know in the comments so I can book a table.
We have our very own Stava artist who between wheeling and work manages to create some amazing doodles! In fact, this Wheeler is now a prize winner and rightly so! Having spent many days over many miles to create these amusing pieces, as a club we think it’s well deserved. This Wheeler won first place in the Strava art competition organised by the Bristol Cycle Festival for the piece called “Fowl Play”.
Well done Ant, we are proud to have you as a Wheeler but, we can’t decide if one of your doodles is a profile of Jimmy Hill, Bruce Forsyth with a flat top and sideburns or Steve Wright (in the afternoon)? Perhaps you could let us know. If you’d like to keep up to date with Ant and his doodling antics you can follow Ant on Strava.
Ride London is the biggest and best closed road sportive held in the UK each year. Woodmancote Wheelers have secured an entry for a team of four riders on the sportive in 2016! This is a truly great cycle sportive and is often voted in the top 10 must do events globally. The route heads through Central London on closed roads, before heading out into the Surrey hills to take on the famous Leith and Box Hill. Take a look at the Ride London website for more information.
When & Where?
Sunday 31 July, starting at the Olympic Park in East London and finishing on The Mall in front of Lizzie’s gaff.
Our team needs to consist of four riders and each rider must be a current British Cycling member (it’s not too late to join to qualify…).
Each rider within the team must pay their own entry fee (£58) and complete their own online entry form; all 4 riders in the team must have completed and paid for their entry by 17:00 on Friday 27 April.
I have an entry link to the registration console, which I will circulate to the members of the WWCC team to complete their entries.
This is an exceptionally well run event but please note it does require some logistical planning as you need to sign on for registration the day before at Excel and it will require team members to arrange travel down to London and accommodation the night before the event – you will need to be at the start anytime after 6.30am.
Are you interested?
If you would like to represent the club and take part in Ride London 2016, please let me know by putting a comment below or dropping me an email. If we have more than four people wishing to take a place, then a ballot will be held.
Unfortunately we did not secure a mixed team entry in our application, so I’m sorry but we cannot include any of our lady members due to strict organiser rules.
Given the timetable outlined above, you need to register your interest by Tuesday 6 April so that I have time to arrange a ballot if required, plus allowing sufficient time for the successful team members to registered their entry, including application to British Cycling membership if required. Note you need to be able to commit to the weekend as it is not possible to transfer places later.
To get a flavour of what to expect, you can also take a look at our video from last year.
The second running of Velothon Wales will take place on Sunday 22nd May 2016 and there are already a few Wheelers (Nigel, Ryan and Paul) signed up via the pre-registration.
“Combining a closed road sportive alongside a UCI sanctioned professional race, the 2016 Velothon Wales promises to deliver a truly spectacular weekend of cycling. Up to 18,000 riders will roll across the start line in the heart of Cardiff and embark on a completely closed road cycling sportive that takes in some of Wales’ most breathtaking scenery. Offering a challenging route, Velothon Wales is a superb opportunity to test your endurance and also fundraise for a worthy cause if you wish.”
Anticipating there will be more Wheelers interested in taking part in this unique event I am posting the webpage link for Velothon Wales.
The cost of the event is £65 per rider for this fully supported closed road sportive.
If you plan to sign up or have already pre-registered an entry, please post in the comments below so we have an idea of how many from the club will be represented.
Last month 8 Woodmancote Wheelers put themselves to the test at Suffershire in Cheltenham. For those of have not heard about Suffershire, it is a studio with 10 WattBikes, two big screens and a number of Sufferfest training programmes.
Ben who manages Suffershire invited the Wheelers to have a go and complete a functional threshold power test. An FTP test essentially tells you how much power you can produce for an hour and gives you an indication of how many watts per kilogram you are capable of. Note that World Tour professionals are in the region of 6W/kg.
Our session started with much banter whilst getting the WattBikes setup, Ben helped with our positions and showed us how to connect our heart rate monitors and phones to the bikes so that we could record the results.
We were then into a 20 minute Team Sky warm-up, which as the name suggests is actually pretty tough as you increase your cadence and complete some 6-second sprints to get you ready for the actual FTP test. With a quick break for drinks and encouragement, Ben reminded us that he had a bucket should we need it during the FTP test…
Now it was time to get serious and start the FTP test. The idea is that you ride hard for 20 minutes at a power output that you can sustain, maintaining an even pace and hopefully increasing your power output towards the end.
The experience of pushing yourself beyond your usual limits is both exciting and horrible in equal measure; however sharing the experience with fellow Wheelers ensured that no-one gave up and we all finished exhausted but happy!
After many jelly babies were consumed it was back on the bikes to see who could produce the most power in 6 seconds. At this point it all became rather competitive as the Club Captain refused to accept his loss to other Wheelers despite his legs trembling with lactate and them refusing to pedal any faster! Peak power in excess of 1300 watts were seen on the evening!
For those of us that took part the chart below gives an indication of where we stack up against other cyclists.
I was out on a light spin one day and bumped into an old friend who made me aware of the charity event for Sue Ryder in July:
Ride for Ryder Leckhampton
Date: 12 July 2015
Location: Burley Fields, Church Lane, Leckhampton GL51 4XT
With a reasonable entry fee I registered with the intention of completing 2 laps of a 35 mile route, 70 in total and a nice little training ride for a 100 mile ride I have coming up in August – Ride London. Setting off on the day it was a bit drizzly and a little windy but it was forecast to brighten up later in the day although the wind wasn’t going to ease off!
Now, I was expecting to ride this route alone as a lone Wheeler or billy no mates as I like to call it, but shortly after registration I bumped into a fellow Woodmancote Wheeler, Mr Alex Claridge who’d stepped in to fill the boots of another rider in the Knight Frank team (sponsors of the event). Alex asked if I’d like to join them, I gladly accepted knowing that Alex is a seasoned rider and they would all probably drag me along nicely! The pace was fast at times and my plan kind of worked on the whole until we hit The Little Fxxxxr … it get’s me every time but I soon caught them up again as they eased up the pace a little. On to the finish and a welcome cuppa (cheers Alex) and that was the first lap done!
After a 20 min rest it was time to crack-on with the 2nd lap. Shortly after starting off again, alone this time, I caught up with a chap called Will from Stroud and asked if he was on the 2nd lap of the same ride, he was so I asked him if he’d like some company, he did and so off we went! This lap was a somewhat welcome lighter pace, there was no way I could maintain the pace of the first lap without the Knight Frank team! Along with the wind this lap was a little bit wetter with the rain than the first but it wasn’t unpleasant given the humid temperatures. I split with Will at The Little Fxxxxr but not because of the climb this time, I stopped for some refreshment at the Red Lion, a popular spot by the river Severn for all the riders today! And no I didn’t sneak in a pint, well I did but it wasn’t lager or cider, just an ice cold orange and soda which was very refreshing at the time as the blazing sun had decided to blister up shortly before we arrived there.
So I set off again and tackled The Little Fxxxxr at a reasonable pace this time …my own! I was off again to the finish! With about 5 miles to go I noticed a regular pulsing bump under my butt through my saddle, no facetious comments there please! Suspecting I might have a puncture I stopped to check the back wheel and noticed 2 bald patches with the inner tube bulging out of the tyre! Now I’m thinking I’ll just spin to finish with fingers crossed I won’t get a blow out. Two miles to go and guess what happened next >< hardly surprising really considering I had 120 psi in the back wheel! With about a mile and a half to go I changed the inner tube and pumped it to about 60 psi in the hope that would be less likely to blow before the finish, fortunately it was at the this point my old mate who told me about the event in the first place passed by and stopped to lend a helping hand. We cruised to the finish, had a cup of tea and picked up our medals, job done!
It was a great ride and not as billy no mates as I was expecting… I will definitely be doing this again next year if I can! Oh and as a bonus I managed to raise over £200 for Sue Ryder so thank you all so much for your donations.
In early June a short article was posted on the pending adventure that Cookie and myself were about to embark on in Sweden and now its time for the post ride update…
On the 11 June we headed down to Heathrow with bike boxes packed to meet our fellow team members riding for the charity Cyclists Fighting Cancer. After some challenges with officious BA check in staff and overweight baggage we eventually boarded our flight to Stockholm. We were finally on our way to ride the 50th running of the world-renowned Vätternrundan, a 300km ride around a very large lake in the heartland of Scandinavia. To make things interesting we would set off at 9:30 in the evening of the 12 June and cycle through the night, arriving back at our base in Motala around 10:30 the next morning.
Circa 25,000 riders took part with over 24,000 finishing including Cookie and myself! Rather than write a lot here about the ride and experience, I am just going to share our video story… enjoy!