Thursday, 17 January 2019

Web Chat

We are trialling a web-chat app. (see opposite below the Calendar) which we have named "CCC Chat". Sign in is required using Facebook, Twitter, Google etc.

We're kicking it off with a couple of forums: -

Adhoc Group Rides - for members looking to meet up with club-mates for actual rides.

Zwift Group Rides - for those who are time-restricted looking for club-mates for an online work-out.

This free version limits us to five forums, each accommodating fifteen topics and 200 replies for each topic.

(This app. appears not to work with the Safari web browser)

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Specialized Recall

Steerer Tube Collar
Specialized is voluntarily recalling the steerer tube collar on select Roubaix, Ruby, Diverge, and Sirrus bicycles.

AFFECTED MODELS: If you own a Specialized Roubaix, Ruby, Diverge, and/or Sirrus bike equipped with a Future Shock, stop using your bike immediately and take it to your nearest Authorized Specialized Retailer. If you are unsure whether you have an affected bike, your Authorized Specialized Retailer will be able to tell you.

WHAT'S THE ISSUE: The steerer tube collar may be susceptible to stress corrosion cracking which may result in a sudden loss of steering control.

WHAT WILL SPECIALIZED DO FOR AFFECTED RIDERS: If your bike is affected, your Authorized Specialized Retailer will change out the affected collar with a new improved one at no cost to you.

For questions, please contact your Authorized Specialized Retailer or Specialized Rider Care at 0208 391 3500 or

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Turbo Training Sessions

Due to circumstances beyond our control* we have a new venue for this winter. The Studio at Waterbeach Barracks.
The advantages are no traffic, easy parking, lovely room. Changing rooms and showers are available.
The disadvantage is that it's a long way from the city centre and therefore a long, dark ride if you go by bike. You'll also have to explain to the guard at the barrier that you've come for the session.
Start time is 7pm. We normally finish at around 8:30.
First session is 14th November (that's a little later than usual as I'm not available on 7th).
(Triathlon Club) Members £3
Cycling club members £4
Non-members £6.
If you would like to come but do not have your own turbo trainer you can borrow one. Please let me know in advance so that I can bring one for you.
Please bring a towel or blanket to protect the floor. It's carpet so we can't mop up our puddles!
If you have been to these sessions before you only need read further if you would like a reminder of the purpose and nature of the sessions.
The sessions follow a progressive programme from November until the end of March. It doesn't matter if you miss some sessions or come in part way through, the progression is mostly about suitable training for the time of year. The focus in the autumn is on developing and re-enforcing good pedalling technique, with some physiological preparation work. There's a very useful educational element. In the spring the focus is on cardiovascular endurance and speed. The workload increases from month to month.
The sessions really are suitable for all abilities as it's impossible to get left behind and there's no need to wait for anyone. The list of former regulars includes three Olympians, several world champions and a host of professionals, internationals and elite level triathletes and cyclists. It also includes many more complete beginners and everything in between.
* Last year's venue is no longer available - one of the Halls at Chesterton has been turned into a library, the other is booked for too many of the days that we would want it.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

2019 Training Camp

Each year I organise a training camp in Mallorca for members of the Cambridge Triathlon Club and the Cambridge Cycling Club.

Next year (2019) the dates of the camp are 30th March until 7th April
The idea is that going on a training camp with the people that you train with regularly ensures that the training is great on the camp, and that you know at least some of the people there.  Commercial training camps are a complete lottery in both of these respects.

The camp is cycling focused.  This maximises the endurance training benefit and makes the best of the fantastic riding available in Mallorca.  There's an indoor pool close to the hotel, however, and the sea of course,  so it's easy for triathletes to keep their swimming ticking over; and there are plenty of places to run, including a long sea-front promenade.

We normally have around 40-50 people which means four groups on the road.  The groups ride in the same area each day and usually meet up at lunchtime.  The camp is structured with mix of riding:  length, terrain, speed...

Accommodation is 3* half board.  This year we'll be staying in a different hotel from normal (due to renovation work) but the cost of the trip is the same as last year - from £450 pp for two people in a twin room to £600 for a single room. 

The Clubs make a contribution to the camp which means that we can provide airport transfers in Mallorca and have a backup driver should anyone need rescuing.

For further details and a booking form please follow this link, or drop me a line


Saturday, 8 December 2018

Winter Club Runs

Club runners are reminded that mudguards are recommended on club runs until the clocks change on Sunday 31 March 2019.

Riders without full length mudguards may be asked to ride at the back.

As a club mate once remarked "those with mudguards are sensible; those who also have flaps are considerate". Get yours from RAW Mudflap

And a reminder after each ride to check your tyres for embedded flints before they cause a problem.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Cambridge CC Vets take East Anglian Awards and Records

Our veterans will feature strongly at the VTTA East Anglian Group prize presentation to be held on Sunday 25th November.

Andrew Grant gained first place in the season long Short Distance competition involving two 10 mile TTs and two 25 mile TTs. With strong support from Ken Platts and Chris Dyason, we will also take the team award.

Andrew was joint winner of the 10 mile Points Competition and also featured strongly in the longer distance competitions, gaining 2nd place in the Group Championship, run over 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles, and 2nd place in the 3 Distance Championship, run over 25, 50 and 100 miles.
Andy, Ken and Chris have been prolific record breakers this year setting a total of 17 East Anglian age records of which 7 are potentially National records, subject to ratification.

Solo men 10 miles
Andrew Grant  65    20.10   5/5/18
Andrew Grant  65    20.06  16/6/18
Ken Platts        66    20.50   12/7/18
Ken Platts        66    20.49     1/9/18
Chris Dyason    70    21.42   15/7/18

Solo men 15 miles
Andrew Grant 65 31.28 18/7/18
Ken Platts       66 32.38 18/7/18
Chris Dyason   70 34.00 18/7/18
Solo men 25 miles
Andrew Grant  65   53.25 27/5/18
Andrew Grant  65   50.37  3/6/18
Ken Platts        66    53.14  8/7/18

Solo men 30 miles
Ken Platts       66  1.2.59   22/9/18
Chris Dyason   70  1.4.02   22/9/18

Solo men 50 miles
Andrew Grant  65  1.43.35  12/5/18  
Ken Platts        66  1.47.11  12/5/18
Chris Dyason    70  1.56.02  12/5/18

Solo men 100 miles
Andrew Grant   65 3.47.07  15/7/18

Monday, 5 November 2018

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will be held at Christ Church Hall on Monday 12th November at 7pm.

The Meeting will: -
Refreshments provided with our compliments.