Gill

Gill

Chris has done a great job getting me through some challenging events making sure that my fitness was right whether it was 1,000 miles in 6 days from London to Cannes or on the Marmotte.  I find that the structured training makes it much easier as it takes the lottery out of trying to make up your own training plan to achieve your goals and the sessions are easy to follow.

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Rob

Rob

I have really enjoyed working with Chris, previously my training was very hit and miss and I never really hit peak form when I needed to, when I train now it is event oriented so I know I’ll go into an event with good form.  Chris also looked at my nutrition and off the bike core strength and flexibility which has helped the back pain I would often get.  I’ve also learned to take time away from the bike which has helped massively with my motivation and focus, and since training with Chris I’ve hit form I never thought was …

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How to pace TT’s down hills

ARC Chainring

Following a recent conversation with previous TCC member Jess Rhodes-Jones I thought it would be useful to share some information with the TT riders in the club. I posed a question to her: “How do you pace yourself when riding down hills in a TT and what gearing do you have on your bike?” This was her response: “I run a single 54T non-circular ring (subtly non circular – we make a ring that is designed for the high inertia of TT riding – link here: AeroCoach ARC chainring), but think I’m going to change to our 58T for faster courses …

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A mini-tour of Japan by bike – Gear and setup

Japan by bike

Cheap bikes for touring 30 days in Japan on bikes we got for free (abandoned at a bike shop that Chris works in), with new 5mm tyres, a few spokes, wheel true, new cables & a good clean the bikes ended up costing us around A$50 each. Anna’s sporting an Australian Gekko City Trail hybrid with v-brakes & 21 speed gears which weighed in at 12.5kg before adding 20kg+ panniers.  Chris has a GT Avalanche 3.0 mountain bike with disc brakes & continually breaking rear spokes.  The bike somehow weighed 17kg plus about 20kg luggage and panniers. There were a …

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Milton Keynes Bowl March Criterium Series #1 – Saturday 4th March

Criterium racing

Hello All, So it’s been a few weeks since I last raced due to work and family commitments, but looking for something new and different, I pre-entered the race a few weeks ago.  However I was in two minds whether or not to race last week as picked up a bit of a cold and was a bit run down and not feeling particularly great. Was still undecided on Friday but legs felt OK when I did a tune up session on the turbo so thought I would make the call on Saturday morning. Woke up on Saturday feeling OK …

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How many running shoes?

The Recreational Running level 2 coaching course (with Athletics Australia) at the weekend discussed some of the reasons why you might own more than one pair of running shoes.  Its good news if you like shopping! If you’re out for a long run it can be a good idea to have more cushioning in your shoe which will result in less elastic utilisation and be less responsive.  However, if you’re doing a quality interval training session, using a shoe with less cushioning can increase elastic utilisation in your foot. When you run your forward motion is made up of 50% …

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3 Training Sessions to Increase your FTP

So you’ve done your FTP test, looked at the average power over 20 minutes and deducted 5% for the anaerobic component, to get a figure for your Functional Threshold Power (FTP), which is the power you should be able to sustain for 60 minutes. Whether you ride TT, road, cyclocross, track, mountain bike etc., here’s a few workouts you can do to improve your FTP: Sweetspot training – i.e. riding at 88-92% of your FTP for prolonged periods of say 20 minutes with a 5 minute recovery period can not only increase your FTP but reduce the strain on your …

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Road and Track Cycling

Road and track cycling

With the highest level of coaching qualification in the UK Chris has a Level 3 coaching certificate in both road, time trial and track cycling coaching with the British Cycling Federation.  Working closely with coach education, national track endurance and sprint coaches at British Cycling we’re able pass on tips that come directly from the GB cycling team.  We also have close links with WAIS – the West Australian Institute of Sport, which enables us to continue to learn from world class coaches and use the latest techniques and information to help our riders be the best they can be. …

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