As we approach this time of the year again and the start of the winter club runs, East Tyrone CC would encourage all members to attend. We also encourage non members interested in joining us on the club runs to start now as the early winter runs will be easier paced.
For those riders not familiar with these runs, they commence on the 1st Sunday in October.
At East Tyrone CC we try and cater for all abilities by having three groups. A Leisure Group leaving Cookstown from Oldtown at 9:30am and 2 Race groups (for now) leaving together from Asda car park at 8:45am and splitting part way round, so there should be a group for everyone.
The race groups will follow the same format as previous years, but for everyone’s enjoyment and satisfaction no matter which group they are in it is important to read and adhere to the following. Hopefully this way group’s of fairly similar abilities will form and solo riders will not be scattered along the road.
RULES, ADVICE AND ETIQUETTE
1. Full mudguards (no mudguards sit at the back)
2. Two neat tidy lines about a handlebars width apart
3. Call the holes and cars.
4. Two minutess maximum on the front, weaker riders take shorter turns or ride straight through.
5. Rule 5 is Rule 5 (if you’re unsure what this is ask one of the established members)
6. Everyone rolls through the line, no sitting on the back (unless subject to Rule 1).
7. Winter runs are racing riders Zone 2 training, save your efforts for the midweek turbo sessions.
8. No half wheeling on the front.
9. Steady / easy pace up the hills and no freewheeling down the other side when you are on the front, aim for a steady effort down as well as up the hills. This avoids putting riders out the back and maintains a constant heart rate.
10. If you see a rider drifting back on a drag or hill and you are in a position to help simply put your hand on their back and keep them in the group. This will allow the group to maintain the pace.
10. Bring a few quid for a coffee stop.
11. Fit your bike with front and back lights.
12. Be ready to roll out, (don’t get dropped leaving Asda or the coffee stop).
13. If you are leaving the run early let the group leader know.
14. Fast riders will be content to ride easy to keep the group together for a while. However slower riders must realize it is unreasonable to ask the fast men to ride really easy all day. On cold days they need to keep warm too.
15. At the split it is very important that you are realistic about your ability and choose the best group for you. It is much better to be a strong rider in a group than be out the back of a fast group after 5 miles.
16. If you are that strong rider in the group simply take longer and more frequent turns on the front DO NOT INCREASE THE PACE OF THE GROUP.
17. Punctures are going to happen - get over it! However to try and reduce the occurrence fit decent puncture resistant tyres.
18. When a puncture happens a few riders stay and help. The rest should ride up the road a short distance and return. Until the repair is complete.
19. If the route is known the weaker riders should ride on. (for example to the coffee stop)
20. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for details of the routes normally published the day before. If you have any queries, feedback or comments and are interested in coming along for the first time contact Jason Glasgow on 07818875920. Or contact the club via Facebook and web page.
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