From Wednesday 23rd November we will implement the following changes to our road bike track sessions at Maindy.
There will be four groups:
6.00 – 7.30 Beginners 16 – 20 mph
6.00 – 7.30 Improvers 18 – 22 mph
7.30 – 9.00 Middle 20 – 25 mph
7.30 – 9.00 Fast 23 + mph
The speed limits are there as a guide only and they assume no wind, rain or snow.
The idea is that there is a progression from one session to another.
Below is a report on consultation based on feedback that the committee has received.
The committee are still listening to all responses – most responses were received through email, a number of conversations were held and some used the club forum. The general consensus so far on the changes includes:
1. The vast majority of members want progression from one session to another. They report that they wish the sessions to physically stretch and challenge them.
2. Many report that there are too many “faster members attending the first session – while some suggest that the second middle group has been too slow. The reason for this is that we were not clear or sure if the two middle groups would or should be at the same speed – you suggest that the second should be faster.
3. The majority report that they do not have any intention of racing and so would like as high intensity as they can manage. They do not want groups to go too slow or too fast. Most of these state that they would like an approx. speed limit set for the groups (I have suggested some speeds above).
4. Some report that they would like coaches to smile more and be less confrontational – I promise that most of what I say is “tongue in cheek”.
5. Nearly all agree that group leaders are working effectively.
6. Some members report that they find it difficult to attend the first session and would find the second sessions too fast – this is a problem with this suggestion above!
7. Most people like the different formats on Monday and Wednesday – some would like something different on some Wednesdays although with the numbers that would be problematic.
8. Most agreed that the system was safer.
9. Nearly all agreed that they enjoyed the session.
10. Nearly all agreed that the sessions were well planned and run effectively.
Please comments below or email Mark Austin if you have anything further to add.