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Our aim is to help any members' who want to help themselves to achieve new cycling goals. 

How do you want to become a better cyclist?

The club has set aside a significant budget for activities designed to help members who want to improve their riding ability and achieve new goals.

  1. Are you aiming for a PB in a Sportive?

  2. Do you want to improve your times in club TT events (or try your first TT)?

  3. Do you want to enter your first race at the Redbourn Fete Du Velo?

  4. Are you looking to ride stronger and move up a group in the Club runs?

We are pleased to have secured support for our programme from Cyclism, the coaching organisation founded and owned by Alex Dowsett.


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The programme starts on 23rd April.  Our goal remains to deliver coaching & development activities suitable for all members to help them become better riders or to achieve specific goals (see above).

1) Wednesday Evening Chain Gangs 

What:  A high intensity session designed to improve fitness and riding skills. Led by VRM race team members to lead and advise on technique and keep the group riding together.

Where:  Laps of the Whitwell TT circuit.

When: Commencing 2nd May 2018. Meet at Whitwell Hard Riders Course starting point at 19:30.

Who: Intermediate level up to Rapide.  Split into groups at different pace - dependent on participants & numbers

You need: Road bike, front & rear lights, helmets etc.

Notes: Please join the Slack Chain Gang Channel & confirm attendance weekly

2) Programme Launch & How to construct your own training programme

What:  A talk from James Millard, ex pro rider and Cyclism lead on this programme on how to get the most from the Rider Development Programme & how to build your own training plan to achieve your goals.

Where: Townsend Club

When: 20:00 on Monday 23rd April

Who: Suitable for all

3) Skills development

What: A practical session designed to improve riding techniques and skills following standard BC curriculum

Where: Lea Valley Velopark road track

When: Saturday 12th May 08:00 to 10:00

Who: Suitable for all members. Up to 40 participants, first come first served.  

How much: £10

You need: Road Bike, helmets etc.

Sign up here

4) Team Time Trial Coaching & Practice 

What: A practical coaching session from coach Gareth Pritchard & ex pro rider, James Millard designed to improve team time trial performance.

Where: Lea Valley Velopark Road Track.

When: Saturday 12th May 10:00 to 11:00

Who: Suitable for those interested in entering club or open Team TT events

You need: Road Bike, helmets etc.

Notes: Sign by email to Craig (see below).

5) Nutrition for training & your event

What: A talk from Sports Scientist & Coach Gareth Pritchard

Where: Townsend Club

When: Monday 14th May at 20.00.

Who: Suitable for all.

6) Track session

What: A coaching session for developing track riding skills.

Where: Lea Valley Velodrome.

When: Saturday 19th May 08:00 to 10:00.

Who: Suitable for members who have been through track training and have the necessary basic track bike skills.

You need: Bikes can be rented but bring suitable cycling clothing.

How much: Sign up by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

7) Race Strategy and Preparation for Novice Racers

What: A talk from James Millard/Gareth Pritchard, Pro coach designed to help those interested in entering their first race.

Where: Townsend Club

When: Monday TBC at 20.00.

Who: Anyone interested in racing


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