Thursday, 10 August 2017

British Cycling Physiology Testing

Help Team GB win Gold at Tokyo 2020! Volunteers needed for cycling physiology tests which are sponsored by British Cycling. Experiments will investigate the individual pursuit and will be conducted on a state of the art cycling ergometer and take place in Central Cambridge. You will be needed for between 9 and 12 tests over approximately a 3 week period during September and October 2017, each test lasting less than one hour. There may be some payment for participation and possibly some other perks. To participate you need to be in regular training, preferably racing. Results from the experiments will be made available to the test subjects and will provide subjects with very accurate data on their power duration curve as well as novel information on their fatigue and recovery characteristics. Please email BOTH Sean Irving AND Billy Fitton, stating current fitness levels (e.g. British Cycling road race category, Time Trial PBs - in particular 10 Mile TT, recent results, FTP) if interested.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Diss CC Road Race

Sunday 23rd July saw the Diss CC road race just east of Thetford in Norfolk. Cambridge CC's Jim Bradford emerged victorious from a 4 man break away that established itself in the closing laps.

The weather was overcast and everyone's fingers were crossed for a dry race. On the day, the circuit had to be shortened due to road works through the village and so the race consisted of a dizzying fourteen 7km laps. A broken water main also added an exciting water feature, drenching everyone each lap despite the lack of rain!

The early stages of the race were punctuated by a flurry of individual or small group attacks, but the course was flat and windy and no-one got out of sight of the fast-moving peloton. Mid-race the main bunch split and it was the hard work of Patrick Willan that brought the leading group back.

In the final laps, Jim attacked the group with 16km to go and bridged across with another rider to the leading pair. This group of four worked hard to distance the peloton by half a minute through the penultimate lap and maintained this margin as they heard the bell. After one of the sharp corners and up a slight rise with 3km to go, Jim attacked his three companions and took advantage of their indecision in chasing, time-trialling to a 12 second victory.

Results here

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Fenland Clarion Road Race Sunday 30 July

Sunday 30 July saw our racers at Southwick, west of Peterborough, for a cat 3/4 race. The parcours featured 10 laps of a 5.6 mile circuit with a climb over the finish line. Followed by a descent into a flowing left-hander made this a day for the breakaway.
2 miles in and our Toby Parnell established a solo break. Edward Lee-Six and Pete Blencowe duly made a nuisance of themselves at the front of the peleton, disrupting any chase. It seemed that would be the last seen of Toby.
However, after 12 miles it appeared Toby had sat up and was practically stationary waiting for the race! No doubt he was bored and had come back for some company.
Ed took to the front with 3 others to initiate the deciding move of the race. Still fresh and full of adrenalin the bunch wasn't about to let this move escape so easily. Despite this, Toby managed to put in a dig, bridging the gap to Ed and going over the top to set off with two companions. Again, Ed and Pete set about disrupting the chase and after a further few laps it was clear that the break was established and the chasing riders were losing heart.
As the race proceeded, each ascent of the hill produced gaps in the peleton. With four laps to go, a small group went in pursuit and, although unlikely to recover the 2 minute gap, was hoping to fight for the remaining top-ten positions. This set things up nicely for Pete who after a fast descent left the bunch with 2 others to join the chase group.
The lead group were working well and looked uncatchable with the peleton fading behind the chase group. In pursuit of a top ten finish, Ed attacked on the climb to distance himself from the peleton .
With 2 miles to go Toby put in an attack that would distance one of his two companions and on approaching the final climb distanced his remaining companion to take his second victory of the season!
Meanwhile, the chase group were on the final lap and the pace was slowing ahead of the inevitable final sprint up the hill. The attacks occurred half way up the hill leaving Pete to finish 7th overall. Time trialling had paid off for Ed as after a solo lap he managed to catch the chase group up the climb to finish 10th.
A great day's riding thoroughly enjoyed by all and a brilliant result for the Club. 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Sporting Clubrun Sunday 6 August

Suzane Leser and Ian Hopkin will be leading a 100 mile Sporting Ride this Sunday to East Harling, leaving Addenbrookes at 8am.

This ride will be in support of SSAFA - the armed forces charity who will be providing refreshments in a Pop-Up cafe at the Old School Hall.

Here is the route: https://www.strava.com/routes/9904065