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Sidney TT

Post by Lister Farrar » Wed May 09, 2018 9:57 am

All about the Sidney Time Trial (TT)

Tuesdays, 7:00pm, started last week, until the end of August. Great prep for Dallas road June 1. Really is for all abilities, newbies to national team, all ages from 10-75.

This is the longest running training race in the greater Victoria area. Organized by the Sidney Velo cycling club, a long time mostly masters club.

It runs on the Lochside bike lane and the shoulder of the Pat Bay Highway, between Mt Newton and the airport interchange.

That may sound a little scary to newcomers, but the course is all right hand turns, and the organizers are very careful with warning signs for drivers, coned corners and marshals. I saw the president of the club out sweeping and leaf blowing the corners a couple weeks ago for the first edition of the season. You still have to keep your traffic wits; adult riders with their heads down have hit parked cars, and one even rode into the back of a para handcyclist. So far no youth incidents in 20+ years except warnings and dq's.

They're also very strict about straying outside the shoulder or bike lane, or coned corners. If you're caught once, you're disqualified. A second time, banned for the season. They have eyes EVERYWHERE. :)

The youth team do one or two TT's a month in prep for major time trials like provincials, Hayman and Dallas road in Cameron Law weekend. (TT intervals are actually better training, but you need to learn to put it all together for a race too.) 17.4 km.

Older, fitter riders ride out to the start together, super easy, and then ride home. Younger, newer riders should probably get a lift, at least home after.

Entry is $5, free to u19, but bring your license, and WAIVER, or a picture of it (both sides) on your phone. http://sidneyvelo.ca/…/20…/01/2018-Pare ... t-Form.doc

There is no parking at the start finish. You will be dq'd if you park there. Please read http://sidneyvelo.ca/time-trial-details/ for where to park if you're dropping off or picking up riders. There is an outhouse, but no water.

Sidney Velo does absolute backflips with the ministry and municipality and the large dog-walking public at Cy Hampson to get and maintain this course. Please help them to keep it by sticking to the rules.

How to ride it:
The biggest thing is everyone's start time is different, 1 minute apart. The number they give you is your start order. (If you want to get home early, get there early to sign on; first come first served.) You really need a watch or other time device to hit your start. No recourse if you miss your start.

Then it's start strongly, but settle quickly to a pace you can maintain. It's a huge mental game to push yourself, but not too much. If Speedway VCL is surfing the herd, this is meditation. Aim for a faster second lap. The results quickly show who overdid it. Fastest on the night is almost always a negative split.

Warm-up
Riding out? You just need 2-3 x 1-2 minute tt pace efforts about 15 minutes before your start. We usually warm up in small groups of similar start times with a coach the first few times. Driving out? Ride for 15 minutes to get warm. Then as above.

Watching your child or a friend? Consider volunteering. So you don't push the parking, maybe bring a bike to get to your spot.
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a4bafaa2ea46-2018

http://sidneyvelo.ca/time-trial-details/
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Re: Sidney TT

Post by Lister Farrar » Wed May 09, 2018 10:03 am

Lister
"We're jammin', jammin',
And I hope you like jammin', too."
(Bob Marley)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QdwYY9rZL4

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