Wednesday 8 May 2013

Moar Success!!!

After the buzz of two successful Track National campaigns it was now time to hit the road. For the juniors this meant regular training sessions to sharpen up on climbing power and close to Nationals climbing speed and sprint speed. Last year I just set the volume of intervals for each rider to perform but on reflection decided to handicap each rep to maintain quality.

U23 and Elite riders worked hard clocking up the miles and punishing themselves on the erg.

Been some really cool new research come to light about benefits of training at various intensities, recovery between efforts and cool downs and appreciating the physiological basis and benefits of this research I have added it to the mix.

The results...

Tour de Perth

Sam Horgan: Second Stage One and Overall Sprint Ace Winner

NZ Club Nationals


Christine Lambley: U15 Girls Road Race


Sam Horgan: Elite Men's  Time Trail
Maddi Campbell: U19 Woman's Time Trial
Christine Lambley: U15 Girls Time Trial


Sam Horgan: Elite Men's Road Race
Maddi Campbell: U19 Woman's Road Race

Awesome performances also came from Mitchell Podmore in the U23 Road Race in the winning break for over 100km just cracking on the penultimate climb. Alice Bennett in the U19 Woman's Road Race dislodged on the steep climb from the lead group and rode alone to finish 8th most of the race solo with a strong chasing group. Alice also placed 5th in the Time Trial. Phoebe McCaughan 8th in the U17 Girls and Josh Smith 9th in U17 Boys. Both are first years so their performance was very encouraging.
Christine takes GOLD!

Happy Coach, NZ Champ and Trainer Nienke
Now we head into the winter here in NZ. I have riders in Europe and America who are getting set for their racing seasons. We utilised the School Holidays to do daily skills sessions which should pay big dividends in the Winter racing. Schools Cycling starts next week as do Winter Worlds. Night XC racing is also happening Wednesday nights.

I have been getting in some good rides myself hitting the 3hr mark on long rides, trialling hurty interval programmes on myself and nearly close to a CTL of 50 if you understand that side of monitoring training with a power meter.

Wrap up warm but most importantly keep riding. Work done in Winter is a step up the ladder that you don't have to make in Summer when you are wanting to race well!

I am an agent for Quarq Power Meters and can supply these to riders and coaches at very good prices. I don't look to profit from this as I am a big believer in U19s and upwards using these tools to help focus their training and racing (15s and 17s have other stuff they need to learn first). I can also perform calibrations on both SRM and Quarq Power Meters.