Winter training rides

richard_a

9:54 Sun, 23 Sep 2018


With the nights starting to draw in, I've been wondering about training rides this winter. The Wednesday chaingang will presumably carry on as usual, and we've had a good turnout for Hilly Night over the last couple of months. However, last winter the faster "Code Red" ride on Tuesdays more or less died off - from Christmas onwards the biggest turnout we had was three riders.

I know a lot of people prefer the turbo or the track on dark evenings, but is there still interest in a faster BCC road ride over the winter? I would like to keep a weekly whatever-the-weather training ride going (preferably on Tuesdays), but we need several more regular riders for it to be viable as a club/group ride.

So, if Code Red (or something like it) runs this winter, how many people would plan to ride it regularly (i.e., most weeks from Oct-Mar, even if it's cold/wet)?

richard_a

9:54 Sun, 23 Sep 2018


I would Richard. Like a lot of other riders, I do use TrainerRoad/Zwift quite a bit during winter however I'd still like to see a regular weekday faster outdoor ride.

Gav

8:53 Mon, 24 Sep 2018


I'd ride them sometimes if they were a 'group' fast ride rather than 'drop or be dropped' but I'm not interested in schlepping around Derbyshire on my own on a Tuesday night.

The Attenborough lights Tues/Thurs winter route was different last winter - out to Sawley, then Shardlow - Aston - Weston - Chellaston - Aston (again) - Ambaston - Elvaston - Borrowash - Draycott - left up the hill under the A52 - Risley - Breaston - finish where the Wednesday cg reverse finishes.

It's fast and there are a couple of hills. Why not join that so there's just one ride going out rather than small groups of 3 and 4 on each one?

Jim7

12:13 Mon, 24 Sep 2018


I would, most weeks. Pace is still a bit out of my reach but that’s fine

Ant

13:28 Mon, 24 Sep 2018


Is it still 6.30 Jim? cos that can be a tricky

mikew

13:36 Mon, 24 Sep 2018


Yep 6.30. Was forgetting about that. It suits me but obviously doesn't work for everybody.

Jim7

13:47 Mon, 24 Sep 2018


Did the Tue/Thu ride keep going through the winter last year? My understanding was that it had pretty much died off by Christmas too.

That's why I asked though - trying to get a feel for the numbers. If we can get a decent group most weeks then I'm happy to keep a BCC ride going. But if not, then it might be time to look at other options.

richard_a

14:07 Mon, 24 Sep 2018


It went through the whole winter. It was just that we had a pretty bad one weather-wise so there were quite a few weeks when nobody could ride.

Jim7

14:16 Mon, 24 Sep 2018


Why has it changed route, folk okay with the unlit stuff? Though I guess everyone's got retina burning lumens these days. Love Chellaston's road surface ;)

mikew

16:25 Mon, 24 Sep 2018


Because people didn't like going down the A52 from Spondon to Pentagon island...

Jim7

16:56 Mon, 24 Sep 2018


well it changed from going through Chad to that! But then Chads road surface is grim too. I loved the A52, twas epic!

mikew

16:58 Mon, 24 Sep 2018


Never understood the old winter route, always hated it.

julianb

19:36 Mon, 24 Sep 2018


Not exactly an encouraging response to this... :-/

To be clear though, I'm not looking for a "drop or be dropped" ride - for the past couple of years (at least) "Code Red" been ridden as a fast group ride, with people doing turns when they can and sitting on otherwise. The front group doesn't wait for riders who can't keep up (which frequently includes me), but it's certainly not an all-out smash-fest.

Anyway, the hill-climb is done so I've posted up Code Red for this week - will give it a few weeks and see how it goes. Hope to see you there.

richard_a

19:42 Sun, 7 Oct 2018


I'd love to do a ride which is faster than the weds ride but weds (poss thurs) atm is all i can do

mikew

19:49 Sun, 7 Oct 2018


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