Sunday 14th February was our first specific Go Ride coaching session using the new Harvey Hadden cycle circuit which was amazing very flowing, smooth and great surface, the weather was good and circuit bone dry even after the frosty mornings. A steady ride out from Ilkeston via Cossall seen the riders having a nice warm up and finding their legs before the planned session at the circuit. Whilst the riders signed in the coach checked out the circuit and the riders were eager to get started, after briefings and bike checks they were away riding in a nice tidy formation and practising the drill through and off and riding close on a wheel. Once warmed up they were split into two teams older riders and younger riders for part 1 sprint lead outs, cones were set up for a finish area and drop off markers for lead out riders. Each rider had there turn at sprinter whilst the other three lead them out whilst dropping off at the appropriate marker, this session was packed with skills and coaching tips, gear selection, following a wheel, communication, riding in formation, etc to name a few, all riders coped well really loving it. Part 2 was jumping a gap a few riders were sent ahead to form a break whilst the others formed a bunch behind, designated riders had to surprise the others and get across the gap, there were some amazing efforts from all riders. We finished off with an expert cornering tutorial from our road National Champion Mike Twelves all riders learning a lot about cornering coached from the sideline by Geoff, 90 minutes later we finished up having run over by a bit but all were buzzing. We all finished off the day with a 30 mile lumpy ride on a loop around back to Ilkeston taking in some grippy 'Bergs' around the area, there were some very weary bike riders but all feeling the benefits of a great day in the saddle, some of the younger riders surprised themselves by surpassing their max miles ridden.
Onwards to the next session before racing is upon us in March
Geoff Giddings - Coach MI Racing Academy