Welcome to our triathlon cycling pages, the second element of a Triathlon race is the cycle event.
The ability to be able to cycle at a consistent pace so that the triathlete can complete the run element of a triathlon is a critical skill for triahlon success. Go too fast on the cycle and potentially the legs will give up during the run. Go too slow on the bike and the time lost may be just too much to recover when running. MVH Tri group rides head out weekly.
Sunday Club Rides
The Sunday rides have always been a mainstay of the club and are a good social occasion as well as great training.
With the wide range of experience and fitness in the club, it can be difficult to cater for everyone’s needs each week, but the bike leads do their best.
Below, you will find some updated definitions of each ride which will hopefully reflect a change in the needs of the riders who now regularly turn up on a Sunday. Please do not take these as absolute definitions as the rides will ALWAYS try and cater for whoever turns up.
Please remember that no Sunday ride is coached unless otherwise specified prior to the ride. The Highway Code should be observed by all.
ADVANCED RIDE – There will be no club nominated ride leader as it is expected that this group will organise themselves depending on the type of training they wish/need to do; this may be hill reps, chain-gangs, intervals etc. Riders in this group are expected to be able to average above 17mph over the ride duration. There will be fewer/no stops on this ride although the nominated ride leader is expected to ensure each rider is accounted for.
FAST RIDE – The ride leader will be nominated in advance by the club. The ride will generally average between 15 – 17mph over a distance of 30 – 50 miles, depending on the time of year, weather etc. It is expected that the group will stop at junctions to allow slower riders to catch up.
INTERMEDIATE RIDE – The ride leader will be nominated in advance by the club. The ride will generally average between 13 – 15mph over a distance of 30 – 50 miles depending on the time of year, weather etc. It is expected that the group will stop at junctions to allow slower riders to catch up.
NOVICE RIDE – These rides will generally take place from early Spring and will be lead by a club nominated ride leader. There is no set average speed for these rides (but are expected to be slower than the intermediate rides) and they typically cover a distance of 15 – 25 miles. The objective of this group is to progressively build confidence, speed and endurance so that the riders may move on to the intermediate ride.
All group rides should be supportive and encouraging (friendly banter aside) and it is hoped that all club members feel they are able to turn up and enjoy a few hours on two wheels with a friendly group of like minded people. If you’ve not been confident enough to give it a go so far, please consider turning up as, if nothing else, you can enjoy a good coffee and some cake at the end!
Most rides start at 9am at Barton Marina unless advertised on Facebook or in the newsletter to the contrary.
Please note these are not ‘coached’ rides and riders attend at their own risk and will not be allowed to participate without a helmet.
The Cycle Lead Timetable confirms lead riders for each group
Also, for members only (secure closed groups):
On Strava? Join MVH under the club section here and find out which of your fellow members are “secret training”. Give Kudos and expect to observe some KOM bragging rights! Great for getting ideas for run routes and bike routes from other members in your area.
On Garmin? Connect with MVH here Bike leads using club Garmins will upload routes
Use Facebook to keep abreast of any last minute changes to planned group rides (weather, occasional different location etc). Also, most weeks someone uploads the rides so you can view or save the courses if you like.
“We are always striving for improvement, for those 1% gains, in absolutely every single thing we do” Dave Brailsford