Cycling

 
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Worcester St John’s Cycling Club organise time trials on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer. Sunday social rides start from the Severn Bridge in Worcester at 9.30am. Other local clubs running local time trials include Wyre Forest and VC Sevale.
Please note that in order to take part in time trials you will have to be a member of a CTT affiliated club for insurance reasons. Temporary membership can usually be taken out for a small additional fee.
There is also a flourishing branch of the Cycle Touring Club in Worcester.

Turbo training winter-spring 2014/15

Tuesdays 1900-2030, Motion and Performance Centre, Thomas Telford Building
University of Worcester WR2 6AJ.
Campus map, directions

28 Oct to 16 Dec – 8 weeks, 6 Jan to 24 Mar – 12 weeks
Cost: Block book £28 Oct to Dec, £42 Jan to Mar. Individual sessions £4.

The lab is a roomy, air-conditioned hall perfect for this sort of training. Showers are available in the nearby sports hall.
Members are advised to use the small car park between MPC and the astro-turf pitch. Bikes and kit can be unloaded and brought in through the large firedoors at the rear of the building. Note that there is now a £1 charge for parking at the University.
The club has several trainers available for members to use. Please contact me to arrange borrowing one.

Turbo training is a great way of keeping legs and lungs turning over the winter months whilst improving technique, endurance, strength and lactate tolerance. Sessions will run in a progressive programme through until Spring. Since you ride at your own pace, it’s easy to accommodate riders of all abilities. No one is left behind!
Suggested kit list:

  • Bike (doh!)
  • Turbo trainer
  • Riser block for front wheel
  • Shorts, shoes, top for ladies
  • Drinks bottle (water available)
  • Heart rate monitor (extremely useful but not essential)
  • A couple of towels to catch sweat – one for you, one to cover the bike

I recommend trying a turbo-specific rear tyre if possible – it will grip better and save tearing up a soft road tyre.