Sunday 21st February saw the first of 2 women's road racing training sessions at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit. Despite the early morning torrential rain, this did not deter around 20 women from attending the session which was organised by Jon Miles, the Women's Team Series co-ordinator.
Graham "Mac" McNamee, assisted by Jez Cox, Joanna Foster and Ed of Charlotteville amongst others, led the coaching sessions during the day. Steve Wright of Squadra Donne was on hand to provide logistical and mechanical support. The schedule was adjusted given the inclement weather so that women were not standing around getting cold.
The day focused on key aspects of road racing, in particular those of importance to the team series races.
Various skills were practiced:
riding in a large group
filtering up and down through a large group
passing a bottle around in a peloton
putting a hand on a neighbouring rider's shoulder while riding
practicing sprint and attacking
learning not to kick back when riding uphill
The women also took part in mini (handicapped) races.
Riders of all levels were catered for, and the different coaches were on hand to give valuable tips on road racing, both while riding around the track and during the seminar/debriefing session.
The soup, rolls and cakes at the Minet Park visitor centre were very welcome after a morning of training.
The second and final training session will be held at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit on February 28th. Contact Jon Miles to reserve your place.