As you know the club is mainly active online with lots happening via the Facebook group (if you are not already a member) and Strava, but there are a lot of people we don't hear from or see much of up on the t'interweb so we wanted to reach out to you if you are one of them.
The idea behind the newsletter is a monthly update including some of what is being said on the web with some other bits too. We hope you find it interesting, better yet, we hope it tempts you to join us on the road or online and if there is anything that we could or should be doing as a club, please let us know.
The Transcontinental Road Race - Richard Gate's Story
Technical guru and long ride legend, Richard Gate shared one of a series of blogs about his TransContinental Race, this one detailing his bike that needs to combine speed, comfort and robustness in one package.
This is what he is going to be riding from Belgium to Northern Greece on a self supporting ride via several checkpoints around Europe, which are not necessarily on the way, and all involve the word "mountain" or "pass" in their location...
Follow Richards adventures as he charts his preparations and parts of his ride on his blog
Are you a lady who rides, or not as much as you would like?
Katie Parry shared an interesting article asking why three quarters of women "never cycle". The conversation covered sport cycling, the bike as transport, infrastructure, policy and drivers.
Click here to add your thoughts via the facebook thread
*Wondering why you joined alba, or looking for a reason to get more involved? *
"Alba brain..the freehub has gone on my vision 30 wheels yet again (just in time for c2c in a day). The part is not available from vision for another 4 weeks, any ideas if any brands do an alternative that might be compatible (the part number is 752Z0297000000)? I have no idea what I’m looking for!"
Within 15 minutes she had an offer of spare wheels and within three hours Tim had offered her the spare part that she needed!
But enough of all this online stuff - what happens on the road?
Thursday night social leader David Underwood celebrated leading 100 Thursday night rides! Often attracting over 20 riders he seems to have found a remarkable combination of routes that give chance for a relaxed ride of around 30 miles before ending up in The Stables for post ride refreshments.
The Segment of the Week competition is a great reason to get competitive with yourself, head out to a different part of town, or just simply have a blast on a stretch of road that you would normally potter down, or more often up. There is a league and a lot of banter. If you like the idea of getting faster, testing yourself and ensuring a few PR's on Strava get stuck in!
The club has a variety of rides going out every week, but as a general rule:
- Saturday – Social ride of c. 40 miles with a cafe stop in the middle and cold drinks at the end plus a club training ride with drinks at The Stables to finish
- Sunday – A, B and C rides, each of differing length, climbing and pace
- Tuesday – Chain Gang setting off from Adel at 6:45pm
- Wednesday – C ride from Adel and the La Bottega Milanese “Caffeine Ride” from Leeds
- Thursday – B ride social and track social
Have a look on the Facebook group if you are looking for a ride, or if you want to do something different why not pop a post up to see who will join you? It is unlikely that you won't have someone to share a wheel on the ride and coffee at the pause!
We also have events!
Why watch cycling on TV when you can see it live at the Brownlee Circuit?
There are races on the 23rd June, 28th July and 25th August where you can spectate, enter or marshal - further details on the club FB page.
30th June see's the club hosting a 50 mile TT starting from Dalton Village, near Thirsk. Come along and see riders all aiming to be as fast as they can in their solo endeavour against the clock.
Alba are one club in the cyclesense TT league, held weekly.
Last weeks 10m was won by Albas Ian Mitchelson in a time of 21mins 50sec, with Joe Simons in 4th place, Greg Hilton in 7th and Sam Straw in 10th with Nicola Forwood second fastest lady of the day.
All results are online here (and added each Friday morning)
Anyone from Alba can take part on any road safe bike, pay £4 on the night, stick a number on your back and have some fun! Details here
Committee Member Focus
Neil Eaton - Secretary
Neil is the club secretary and helps support the chair in ensuring the smooth functioning of the committee, as well as managing the admittance of the members to the members Facebook group. Neil is also seen regular on many of the A, B+ or B Sunday social rides and has been known to lead a few.
Neil has always loved his sport primarily playing Rugby Union in his youth and still an avid supporter of Leicester Tigers, England and the British & Irish Lions. As years passed and injuries incurred from running and physical sports Neil took up cycling to enable him to continue consuming large quantities of food and is often seen at the cafe enjoying a nice cake (or two) on the social rides. Neil’s other main hobby outside of work is photography which always remains a distant second to his cycling.
Say “Hi” to a horse!
Horses are pray animals, weigh about a tonne and can accelerate to 30 mph in just a few paces when spooked. They also have large blind spots and generally hate sudden noises and fast movement coming out of nowhere. Like us, they are not big fans of close passes, but when they kick out, it is at cyclist head height so it is well worth being aware of their sensibilities!
If you don't often talk to animals, you'd be amazed by the response to a quick hello as you are slowing down and getting yourself nicely positioned to pass wide and slow. :-)
*We hope you have found something interesting and useful here, if you have any ideas for what we should be including please drop a note on the FB page, or email any contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next month, ride safe, have fun and keep it shiny side up!*