If you are a Team O2 / Cadieux Bicycle Club member and you’ve been thinking about trying out the track, there’s no better time than now. Thanks to the club’s donation to the Community Foundation/Mike Walden Velodrome Fund in December, all members of Team O2 / Cadieux Bicycle Club are welcome to ride at the IVBP on Monday nights for the entire 2016 season for FREE. You don’t need your own track bike, you can borrow one for free. To receive this benefit, you’ll need to take the Track 101 class, which are available on Saturdays at 10 am. New Riders can also get trained on Wednesday evenings.
Thanks to Dale, Carolyn, Dave and the other volunteers that put in time to make it a great facility.
Dave Hicken is our Track captain, so reach out to Dave if you have questions.
I’m proposing a weekly ride for Wednesday evenings focued on learning and practicing skills that will help you be safer, faster, and better able to manage the unexpected scenarios that are a part of bike racing. This clinic is guaranteed (?) to challenge new racers and those with experience, giving you better skills and awareness of where to improve your technical skills and how to do it.
Tell me what you think… I started the topic in under Forums (Rides & Training).
I’m not talking about a ride leaving from Crosswinds Mall, I’m talking about how to ride and race in the wind. Cross winds create unique challenges and opportunities during a ride or race.
The Clinic will begin in Stony Creek Metro Park at 2:00pm. We will meet in the building located at the boat launch and spend 20-30 mins talking and then ride.
This ride will is primarily designed to train the space between your ears, training your legs and aerobic system will be secondary priority. There may be stopping to explain things and/or yell at you like a grouch old bike racer does.
Topics we’ll cover include…
o Knowing which way the apparent wind is coming from
o Knowing which way to pull off
o How to avoid getting “spit out” in a crosswind
o How to ride in an Echelon
o What the doorman in the echelon does and how he can make your ride tolerable or miserable
o What side of the road/wind to attack on
o How a team can split the field in a cross wind
I encourage all those racing this season or interested in racing attend.
There will be a A level ride meeting Sunday mornings at Crosswinds Mall. The ride will begin at 8:30 The route will be determined at the start. Options normally considered include the Milford, Brighton and Fenton loops. This will be a fast ride with speeds reaching 30mph. All are welcome, just be warned if you drop you will be on your own.
Racers not going to the Cone Azalia Race are encouraged to make efforts to attend.
Results are posted here – congratulations to Jeremy Meyersieck for his performance in the C-Race. Jeremy gave the team our first win for 2013.
Most of you noted the race posting by Jim earlier. This is for the Waterford Hills race series. For those of you interested in racing and new to it I’d strongly recommend starting at Waterford. The course is a circuit without tight turns and as a result each lap becomes more familiar. These races are cool in that they count in your “points” towards getting an upgrade to Cat 4 from Cat 5. This is cool, especially since a number of you are masters age and if you want to do races that are your age bracket you have to be at least a cat 4. You can get upgraded by acquiring the right number of races under your belt (still 10 I believe but I’ll check) or getting high finishes in Cat 5 races.
Waterford is broken down into an A and B race. The B race will be plenty vigorous and is shorter in duration than the A race. Race tactics come in handy at Waterford especially. You can help your teammates and learn tactics or they can help you. If you aren’t in “race shape” still give it a try. The feet to race there is less than other races and if you get dropped they most usually let you sit in when lapped or if you sit up. You can still get a great workout and learn a ton.
Alex will be be at the B race as I’m sure a good number of other racers will be too. If you want to race contact him and he’ll fill you in. Unfortunately I am tied to work this weekend. Good luck to all.
Now, I also recommend getting a USCF license for the season. This will end up saving money as you avoid one day fees which can add up. Go to www.USACycling.org
Best wishes to all for a great season!
HEADS UP! RUBBER DOWN!
If you don’t have a jersey yet but want to race under the banner let someone know (me?) and we will try to find one for you to borrow in your size. (If you don’t get one but want to race tell the race director that you race for Team o2 but don’t have a kit yet. This will keep you in line with the rules.)
Sunday at Kensington . Time 11:30. Park at first lot when entering from Kensington road (west boat launch). We will meet riders from other teams on top of hill by the ranger station. Cadieux will plan to ride up to three hours. You can go longer or shorter, up to you. We will be looping counter-clockwise between Kensington and Island Lake State Park. Bikes will be road or cx bikes with road tires. Jason Hess and his team may join us. This ride has included some intense interval work in the past, so be prepared. I hope you can make it . Should be fun.
Ride has been cancelled due to morning rain…
Even with my limited experience I have seen a trend that happens with many cyclist in the spring. There are some of us that are so hyped to finally get out there and ride that we over do it. The cycling season is a long one even in Michigan with our crazy weather, don’t peak in April.
Many Road Racers should be looking at June this year as a peak time for them. The Race calendar is really packed in June with the seasons best races.
I want to see everyone racing and riding strong throughout the season and spring can really have an effect on your season. I have seen people ride so much that eventually they just snap and don’t ride for months after. The spring should be for building up base strength and working on technique. There are a bunch of books written by people that have way more knowledge than me out there and you will have to pick what works best for you. Just remember it’s a long season and you don’t need to ride yourself into the ground when the weather breaks.
- Alex Huyghe (Cat 4/5 leader, MTB leader)