Welcome to the 7Oaks Tri Club - Cycling Section

Glenda Goscomb
Cycle Rep

We are lucky to have great riding country around the Sevenoaks area. The club organises group rides so that members can train and ride together. If you are interested in joining a group ride for the first time. please contact the respective ride leader or Glenda Goscomb, Club Cycle Rep to check details and suitability. Rides are posted on the '7Oaks Tri Club Rides' Facebook page and are usually as follows:

Weekly Shirkers Ride - Friday Morning  9am

Meeting Point - Seal Recreation Ground

Distance/Duration 50k plus/Approx 2hrs:30 min but times and distances will vary with training needs of group.

Pace - to suit the group riding but riders should be capable of averaging a minimum speed of 14mph/22kph on hilly terrain

Post ride coffee - by agreement but default Malabar Riverhead

Contact – Stephen Searby

 

Weekly Saturday Inter Ride – Saturday morning

Meeting Point – Café Nero Sevenoaks for pre ride coffee 7:45, or

Grand depart - Sevenoaks Post Office 8 am

Distance/Duration

Pace – usually 2 groups at 14/15mph and 16/17mph

Post ride coffee – Malabar Sevenoaks or Riverhead

Contact - Huw Howell

 

Weekly Sunday Fast Ride – Sunday morning early! Summer 7am/Winter 7:30am

Meeting Point – 7Oaks PO

Distance/Duration: 2hrs in winter about 50-60km, 3hrs in spring/summer about 80-90km

Pace – as fast as the group can go! Around 23 to 30kmh depending on time of year and who is there

Post ride coffee – Yes – Malabar 7Oaks

Contact – Martin Brown

 

Pop up Intro Rides – dates and meet points will be sent out in the weekly newsletter and on the 7 Oaks Tri Club Rides FB page

Distance/Duration – 25miles/40k

Pace – easy, approx 12- 13mph sometimes with skills sessions/coaching

Post ride coffee – always and location depends on start/finish point

Contact – Glenda Goscomb or Dave Truman

 

Pop Up Rides – a series of rides eg day trips to France, endurance rides with coffee stops etc. Communicated via the weekly newsletter and Facebook page.

Contact – Glenda Goscomb

Time Trials

The Club is affiliated to Cycling Time Trials so anyone can enter any of the open events that are held regularly throughout the summer. We have a large number of members who take part in these events that are typically held early on a Sunday morning or Saturday afternoon. Time Trials are a great way of improving your cycling speed and skills 

We also hold our own inter club club TT programme in the summer (under CTT Rules) in conjunction with Sydenham Wheelers and GS Avanti. These normally take place on a Thursday evening although there are a few on Saturday mornings and afternoons as well. There are about twenty local events over mainly 10 miles although also included are a couple of hilly 21 milers and a 15 mile event. These are advertised on the club website and if you want to know more contact Dave Truman. In addition to riding in these races, we organise some of the fixtures each season and have to provide marshals for these so ask for volunteers. If you race, please also give up some time to marshal as well.

Please note that only members of 7Oaks Tri, Sydenham Wheelers and GS Avanti are eligible to ride in the inter club events.

We are also affiliated to KCA, ECCA and ESCA.

Turbo sessions usually take place every week on a Thursday evening during the winter months, November to March

E-mail me at cyclerep@7oakstriclub.co.uk

Cycle Etiquette

When we ride as a group, for the safety and enjoyment of all riders, other road users and the reputation of the Club, we ask all riders to follow our Club Cycling Etiquette. Ride leaders for each ride will provide guidance on this where necessary.

Rules of the Road

  1. Always follow the Highway Code.
  2. Never react to car drivers being aggressive/shouting etc
  3. Don’t wave cars through
  4. No jumping red lights EVER
  5. No helmet, no ride
  6. Rear light recommended – often weather/visibility can deteriorateGroup Riding Expectations
  7. A ride leader will plan and lead each ride. The ride leader will pre communicate the route on the 7 Oaks Rides FB Page, pre brief the group at the start of the ride, control the pace and direct the group on the road.
  8. Ride groups should never exceed 12 people. If more turn up then the ride will split.
  9. We ride tightly in pairs unless it is unsafe to do so. Single track lanes = single file.
  10. Riding off the front of the group is not acceptable except on a declared ‘max effort’ segment – if you prefer to ride alone, go alone.
  11. When it’s necessary to go from pairs to single file, the inside rider of a pair rides forward and the outside rider drops back into the space behind.
  12. No half wheeling!
  13. You should be no more than a bike length behind the rider in front of you and preferably a wheel width or less.
  14. Respect the ride leader or be prepared to buy everyone coffee, cake and clean the group’s bikes.
  15. Warn each other of hazards – potholes, debris, car up/back, slowing, stopping etc. Pass commands up and down the line.
  16. If someone punctures/suffers a mechanical, the whole group stop to assist. If for some reason this does not make sense e.g. extreme cold, can’t be fixed etc – the ride leader makes a call and may send the group on.

 

Come to a Group Ride with……..

  1. A well maintained road bike. If you must ride your TT bike or have TT bars attached, you cannot use these whilst on a group ride.
  2. Spare tubes, pump, CO2, multi tool etc – be self sufficient if you puncture or have a minor mechanical.
  3. A mobile phone, some cash and your ICE information. Ideally your ICE information will be on a Road ID bracelet or a card so your mates can locate it quickly.
  4. Enough food and drink for the ride duration.
  5. Club kit whenever possible please. It helps us bond as a team and gives us a sense of identity. If we get the group riding right it gives us a strong local presence too!
  6. The downloaded route if possible. Helpful if the group has to split. 

 

 

The Kent Cycling Association's 25 mile 3 Up Team TT

The Kent Cycling Association's 25 mile 3 Up Team Time Trial takes place on Sunday 8 March. Traditionally the club has several teams taking part so if you want to enter the closing date for entries is Tuesday 24 February. Also don't forget that the club has to provide a certain number of marshals for KCA events during the season so if you ride in the 3 Up or any other KCA event please be prepared to marshal at a KCA event sometime this season if asked.

http://www.kentcyclingassociation.org.uk/calendar.php

Core Stability Workshop - 26th November

This is the first of Four interactive workshops from Paul Butler and will be taking place at the Large turbo hall (The Drive, Sevenoaks) for everyone to actively take part in. Paul will be delivering a workshop on core strength/stability and stretching.  Please come in suitable clothing such as a tracksuit and wear training shoes.  Please also bring a drink. Floor mats will be provided.

Inter Club TT dates for 2015

Are here courtesy of Sydenham Wheelers website. In due course the club diary will be updated accordingly. This year there are two events on the Q10/19 Tonbridge by-pass instead of just one and as for 2014, three team time trials, the last being a 4 - up at the end of the season. 

We'll be running our open event on Saturday 6 June over 15 miles for a change on the Leeds/Charing/Leeds course - Q15/20. 

Shirkers Ride 3 October

Meet at Seal Rec at 9.00, Godden Green 9.05 and Chaser Inn 9.30. Route to be decided but pace expected to be around 16 mph and a Cafe stop of 30 mins will probably be included. Should be back in the Sevenoaks area by 12 - 12.30. Neil leads.

"Triathlete" runner up in KCA 12 hour TT - 7 September

Martin Brown had a great ride yesterday and based on the provisional results came second in this gruelling event down in the marshlands of Kent. All Martin's dedicated training paid off during his controlled race, keeping heart rate close to 130 bpm and cadence up at around 95rpm as much as possible, ensuring the early pace wasn't much higher than 20 mph and eating and drinking at the right intervals. Stopping was kept to the minimum at only around 5 minutes in total.

Shirkers ride 22 August

Shirkers Ride - Friday 22 August

Weather look good so it's on. Meet at Seal Rec at 9.00 (NOT 9.30), Godden Green at 9.05 and via Carters Hill descent, Chaser Inn at 9.25. Route to be decided but will include traditional cafe stop. Should be back in the Sevenoaks area by 12.30. Expected average pace - 16 mph.

SCCU 100 mile TT - Charlie Ingram

I did my second ever TT on Sunday. The first one was a test run of 10 miles at the Hop Farm. Sunday was the SCCU 100 mile TT, course changes due to road works made this a hilly course, 1200m of elevation according to my Garmin. I managed 4:18:34 (23.2 mph) and came 13th, never experienced pain or fatigue like it and cracked badly in the last 25, shown by the splits, 1:02, 1:02, 1:03, 1:10. Really enjoyed the day and my first experience of a 100 TT, looking forward to others in 2015. Thanks to Martin Brown for the loan of a 7Oaks Tri Club skin suit to ride in.

Charlie

 

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