On Sunday 14th January the day for Mum and I started bright and early at 5am to pack the car and leave the house to get to Lee Valley Velodrome, London for RSR sign on at 7:15am.
This was the 2nd track RSR I have attended and the focus of this session was Keirin, track starts, weaving and “Rushing the gap” building to Keirin race on the track behind a Motorbike Derny. The session included 4 hours of track time split between 2 groups followed by specific roller workout, changing track wheels, changing Time trial bars on my track bike , strength and conditioning exercises as well as a classroom session where we had to talk about another sport we enjoy watching or participating in as well as talking about our training diary we have to keep for the RSR and if we have any 1 to 1 coaching and support us in planning a training week. The RSR finished at 4pm.
I have made lots of friends being on the RSR’s and it has really helped me, training on my U16 gearing ahead of the Icebreaker races (first one Sat 27th Jan) and the National Youth Omniums later this year and training with the riders that are the best in London, Central and South East and being able to hold my own has boosted my confidence and made me feel proud to be the only Thanet RC rider selected for these sessions. The coaches on the sessions are really knowledgeable too, working with John Scripps, Rob Sharman and Joe Malik has really helped me progress my riding. Mum also helped coached which really helped her in her coaching and she is thinking she may do the Level 3 track course sometime.
I feel privileged and very grateful to have been nominated by Colin and Thanet RC for this next level of coaching and I hope that I will also get selected for the Circuit/Road RSR’s starting in the spring.
Report by Lance Childs
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Just a quick reminder that Morris’s funeral takes place this coming Tuesday 16th January at 3:15pm at the Margate Crematorium.
Also, can anybody give a lift to the funeral to Frank Randell, as his daughter Josie is unable to take him?
As you may be aware, long serving club member Morris Crow sadly passed away just before Christmas.
If you wish to attend his funeral, it takes place on 16th January at 3.15pm at the Thanet Crematorium, Manston Road, Margate CT9 4LY.
The Wednesday evening turbo sessions start again after the Christmas break on 3rd January. The venue is Manston Village Hall in Preston Road, and we start at 6:30pm. The sessions last about one hour and all are welcome.
You will need a bike and turbo trainer, a mat to go underneath them, a towel, and a drink. A heart rate monitor and / or power meter would be handy too. Cost is £2 for juniors and £4 for adults.
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Please note the time for membership renewal has already gone !!!! Now that the new year is here and if you wish to be a member please act promptly. This e mail does not apply to the relatively few (40 out of 250) who have already renewed.😉
Andy (Club Sec)
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George Pittock took part in The Accumulator youth open track meeting at Lee Valley VeloPark on Thursday 28 December.
Open track meetings are unusual at youth level and the event attracted riders from as far afield as Manchester, Nottingham, Poole and Wolverhampton. Youth A (U16) Boys competed in four events – 24 lap scratch, elimination, 1k dash and 60 lap points races. With two national champions and numerous Olympic Development Academy (ODA) riders, the standard was very high.
George finished 19th in a very fast scratch race and 20th in the elimination after he was boxed in at the bottom of the track and could not find a gap.
He bounced back in the 1k dash where he stayed with the main bunch and hit 40mph before finishing a very creditable 16th.
George’s hopes for some early points in the points race were dashed when three riders attacked from the gun and gained a lap early in the race. George crossed the line seventh at the first intermediate sprint and missed the points by one place. The race was soon split into several groups and George eventually finished 14th and one lap behind the leaders.
The Youth A event was won overall by familiar opponent Oliver Stockwell of Welwyn Wheelers with Aaron Freeman of Chelmer CC second and Innes Harvey of VC Londres third. George finished 20th overall and described the event as his toughest yet on the track.