We had better than expected conditions on the Bank Holiday Monday…the weather forecast had predicted showers, however the rain held off, and we had 16 GS Henley members turn up for a morning of coaching from BPC Coaching, led by Ken Buckley and Nigel Fletcher, along with some experienced riders to provide assistance and guidance.
There was a slight hiccup at the start of the day, when it turned out that the Hillingdon Circuit organisers had forgotten to turn up and unlock the clubhouse and gates for us, however we were able to work around this and get onto the circuit. Once in, we were soon into a warm up, then a series of exercises designed to improve bike handling, race skills and pack riding.
Highlights included the cornering skills…both high-speed and technical chicanes…later on doing both these two-abreast. Everyone’s competitive spirit was brought out in the clip-in racing as well…literally a 20 metre sprint race, starting with one foot un-clipped! The second half of the session went through various race scenarios, including breakaway riding, attacking, through-and-off pursuit, and to finish with a series of leg-killing sprint efforts, without and without lead-outs from the BPC Team. There are some finish line video clips below from these.
Hopefully everyone found the day really useful, and if you have any feedback (good or bad!) please do pass it on. The club are keen to offer more training sessions, so long as the demand is there!