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Honing the Time-Trial Skillz with Bella Velo Featured

On Sunday 4th February, 9 intrepid Condors made their way to Hillingdon race circuit to take part in an afternoon of time trial training with Bella Velo.  Jo Lankester gives us the low down on the excellent session, and outlines why you should try and get along too.

None of us really knew quite what to expect, but when we arrived we were greeted by organisers Holly Seear of Spring Cycle Coaching, Cat Benger from ABC Pure and Julie Chasin, the Chair of London Women's Racing, and were made to feel right at home.

Soon the room was buzzing with 30 women participants plus several coaches and experienced time triallists, including Mac, the local South East area British Cycling coach. There were a wide range of experience and abilities: from people wanting to hone their existing TT skills, to complete beginners. Likewise, with kit, it ranged from full TT bike setups to clip on bars to standard road bikes.

After a short introduction, we were ushered out onto the track to get started with the British Cycling recommended warm up: 20 minutes, starting with spinning gently in the small ring, building up gradually to 30 second full power efforts.

Once we’d warmed up, the coaches organised a number of really useful exercises, interspersed with short briefings and Q&As. First they asked us to ride round the track, practicing getting into an aero position, and getting confident taking a drink and putting your bottle back without looking down or stopping pedalling. Sounds easy, but we all agreed it was really worth practicing for general riding as well as TTing!

This exercise was followed by bottle pick-ups and drops, and held starts where we had the opportunity to hold someone else up as well as getting used to being held on the bike ourselves.

One of the most useful things we covered was cornering, and this was where we really felt the advantage of being out on the track without having to worry about traffic. They talked us through the key points to think about: looking through the corner to where you want to go, keeping the weight on your outside leg and not braking while turning.

The track session was rounded off with some Team Time Trial practice, and a 3 lap TTT race, which was great fun!

We headed inside just as it started sleeting to find welcome cups of tea and cakes ready for us and sat down for a presentation and Q&A session.

Everyone we spoke to seemed to really enjoy the afternoon and get a lot out of it. Riding on the track was a great experience: think smooth tarmac, lovely banked corners and no cars! The training was really well run, and the coaches and other women were very friendly and supportive.

I’d definitely recommend taking part in this session, or any other training that Bella Velo are offering. Whether you’re thinking about your first TT or race, or have done a few and want to improve, I think you’d find this training useful. As a bonus, many of the skills we worked on are transferrable and will help with general riding ability and confidence too. Plus it’s just awesome to be riding and training with 30+ amazing women!

A big shout out to all the Condor women who took part, it was really fun having a big contingent there. And huge thanks to the organisers and helpers: Holly, Cat, Mac, Julie, Jill and Helen!

The next Bella Velo training session is on Sunday 25th March 9am – 12.30pm and will cover outdoor practical exercises including:

  • Warm up
  • Basic Group Riding Skills
  • Advanced Group Riding Skills
  • Riding in a bunch
  • Starts
  • Advanced Cornering
  • Sprints
  • Mock Racing

Book tickets on Eventbrite using password Marchraceskills – make sure you grab a place soon! You can also check out some further information right here.

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