Cycling - Weekends

Windmiler cycling sessions take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings (with Wednesday evening rides during May-August). Helmets and spare inner tubes are mandatory.

Weekend Long Rides

We meet for informal (i.e. not coached or part of the official training sessions) bike rides on Saturday and Sunday mornings, meeting at Starbucks in Wimbledon (opposite HSBC) at 9am October through April and 8:30am May through October. (Time changes when the clocks change)

A zip file of the usual Garmin routes (GPX files) can be found at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0JjVroDx_8EeGg4VG5hcG9rZkU

This shows the most popular routes, and has been kindly collated by Lee. 

One of Lee's rides - the Windmill to Windmill.

The number of groups and speed/distance depends on how many turn up and how many leaders we have, but we aim to have at least 1 group, sometime two. Generally we head to the Surrey Hills and most rides lead to Box Hill and a coffee stop at the top. Expect 50-60 miles with an average pace of around 16-18 mph. As a rough estimate, If you can complete 3 laps of Richmond Park in 1 hour 15 minutes, you should have no problem with the pace.

To view a detailed map of the route cycled to Box Hill, visit http://connect.garmin.com/activity/180554304

Whilst we try to ride every week, if weather is particularly poor or we do not have ride leaders available we may cancel. To keep informed, and be added to the distribution list and whatsapp messaging group, email  Jane and  Dave (tri @ windmilers.org.uk), or check our Facebook page/Whatsapp groups.

We also have regular rides at a slower pace which also leave at 9am from Starbucks. Routes vary but generally they ride around 30-50 miles. Note, these are informally led rides, rather than coached sessions. Please email Jane and Dave (tri @ windmilers.org.uk).

 

Picture - Former Windmiler Barry training for greatness

The WhatsApp Groups

We have 3 cycling specific WhatsApp groups

  • Below 23kph Steady
  • Medium 23kph-29kph
  • Faster 30kph+

These enable co-ordination of rides, so let everyone know what you are up to, and you'll get some company.

Summer - Wednesdays at 7:15pm in Richmond Park -

It is winter now, but the cycling will return to the Wednesday evenings in late April 2017.

2016 Summer Season schedule below -

Meeting at Pen Ponds Car Park - If entering the park at Robin Hood gate, go straight across the roundabout and we are about 1km down the track. 

27th April        Intro – Group riding and awareness, safety, triathlon rules. (3 mile time Trial)

4th May        Hill Training -  Broomfield/Dark Hill reps in many new and exciting ways

11th May        Safe and speedy cornering technique

18th May        Transition/Brick session (speed session for non-runners)

(25th May)       No organised session - Do meet up and do your own thing, but we recommend the Parkland Relays.

1st June        Hill training - Broomfield/Dark Hill reps in many new and exciting ways

8th June       Session cancelled due to inclement weather

15th June      Single Lap time trial of Richmond Park

(22nd June)       TBC - No coach available

29th June       Technique refresher and 3 mile Time Trial

6th July        Speed/interval training

13th July        Hill Training - Broomfield/Dark Hill reps in even more new and exciting ways

20th July       Transition/Brick Session including 3 mile time trial, and one mile run trial.  (Speed session for non-runners)

27th July        Drills (in zero car zone) – e.g. single leg, nutrition on the move. Then full lap.

3rd August      Speed/Interval training

10th August    Hill training

17th August    Transition/Brick Session

24th August    Speed/Interval training

31st August    Final End of season Time Trial (full lap)

Note: The weekend rides are informal, and you should accept responsibility for your own conduct and safety (including the safety of your bicycle and other equipment). You take part entirely at your own risk. We strongly recommend that you take out appropriate third party insurance for your own sake. Membership of British Cycling, Triathlon England or the CTC can offer you this form of cover and you are supporting cycling in this country too.