Archives for March 2012

Thursday Race is ON!!

Todays race is ON, see you there.

This Weeks Riding

Hi All

Jafakid riding strong Jafakid on a skid

Good Luck Jafakids!!!

This weekend is Oceania Championships in Rotarua:

Jafakids:  May your hearts be strong, spirits high and legs fast!

Show them how we roll !!!


Thanks to all who attended the new and exciting Sunday ride format last week.

Fun was had by all and the winners have been announced on our blog.

Congratulations to:

Group Two:  Geoff, Peter, Paul, Andrew, Brendon, Nigel
Claimed Ave:  29kph       Actual Ave:   29.03kph

Read what they won here…


THIS WEEKS RIDING

  • WEDNESDAY – Dept of Cycling MTB night rides are on!Beginners Group,  Meet at Avantiplus @ 6pm

    Flying XC Squad,  Meet at Avantiplus @ 6pm or check out DoC facebook page for ride location. Over 18yo riders only. Enquires, email Martyn

  • THURSDAY – Handicap Race this week. Starts from Kumeu Community Centre. All riders are welcome, be ready to ride at 6:30pm, Registration from 5:30pm    Thursday Race FlierLast race of the season will be 15th March and a special one at that.
  • SATURDAY – Social Spin is on as usual 8:00am depart.Click here for 45km map.

    Click here for 35km map

    Find out about spin Buddies

  • SUNDAY – Sunday Bunch Ride – 7:00 AM STARTThis Sunday is a continuation of last Sunday’s efforts.  In preparation for the Flyer Mike has put together some notes to think about whilst on a different route to normal.

    Please click here to read the notes and see maps for Sunday.

  • TUESDAY – “Ride of Truth” 29km hill ride around Swanson leaving Avantiplus Waitakere @ 5:30 pm All welcome, self seeded groups depending on numbers. Course Map

Upcoming events

March-

This Weekend

  • Sat 10th: Colville Connection   Event DetailsIf you are going to this event or are thinking of going please register your interest here with Rona

Rest of the month

  • Mon 12th: Ladies Workshop Night     Facebook Event
  • Mon 19th: Mixed Workshop Night     Facebook Event
  • Sat 24th: Dual Rangitoto – Motutapu    Event Detailto register your interest in this event or if you have registered already please contact Rona
  • Sat 31st:  100K Flyer    Event detailsThere are still spaces available for the weekend.  If you need support in the way of bike movement there may be a possibility of help from the club.  Please get in touch with Rochelle

We look forward to seeing you all out there.

Cheers

Dept of Cycling

Find us on Facebook

Find us on Facebook

Keep up to date with current events:

Dont want to miss out on the next Friday night drinks then check out our facebook for the latest news and views.

Calendar coming soon

Coming Soon

Calendar for DoC: As part of the DoC’s commitment to providing information for its members we will be starting a calendar of events.  More inormation on how to use this calendar will be coming in the coming weeks.

Kiwi Kids Bikes

Thank You!

Kiwi Kids Bike Day on Sunday run be AvantiPlus was revised from the original Saturday 3rd March.  Thanks go to all the DoC members who popped round for a sausage to support Jafakids.  Special thanks also go to those members who helped out on the day.  Cindy, Page and Kalen weir who all fought with the Candy floss machine on a windy day.  Catherine Webb who cooked up a storm on the BBQ and Rochelle Young for organising the kids races on the fly.

Sausage to the max

There will also be another Sausage sizzle in a couple of weeks outside Avanti to raise a little more money for Jafakids.

Picture of K2 Link to Flyer

100k Flyer

Spaces still available for this event on 30th March: There are still a few spaces available to go down to this event with the club.

If you are interested please email Rochelle

This is an awesome event supported by DoC and helpers always make the event smoother.  If you would like to help out at the event please email Rochelle here.

Our Bike Plan NZ

BikeNZ Bike Plan

In December BikeNZ announced Our Bike Plan: the plan that will guide NZ cycling for the next five years.

The national plan involves the whole cycling community, across all levels and all codes, whether you are a rider, parent, coach or commissaire. It addresses the needs and challenges faced from the grassroots right up to our elite athletes to ensure that there is a unified approach to cycling development to really turn NZ into a nation embracing cycling. The BikeNZ team will be travelling around the country in March 2012 to share the Bike Plan, talk about what it means for you and listen to your ideas:

  • Monday 19th March – Auckland

Please try ot make it for this event as it affects us all.

Read more here..

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Thursday Race Results (Feb 29th)

Feb 29th Results

2 more weeks to go for the season. Handicap road race this week (3 laps) and Indervidual TT (2 laps) Next week.

Sunday Ride 11th March 2012

Hi guys, its getting close to the Flyer ( and for those riding the Tour of Northland – good luck see you there! )
So with that in mind, this weeks rides:
LONG RIDE: – http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/26563790
106km with 620m climbing
Compared with the Flyer (http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/71538748) 99km with 550m climbing.
This weeks goal is to practice bunch riding – with an eye on maintaining the bunch integrity and how to protect yourself on longer rides.
Keys:
Keeping the peloton tight – both longitudinally and latitudinally (front to back and side to side)so tight groups please
In a race you will need to be conscious of where the wind is coming from, so where practicable look at echelon riding as well as tight and loose bunches.
Elements:  The faster riders  – your goal is to keep the bunch working together (ride patrons please)
The trainers – your goal is to listen to the patrons, and work together to keep the speed even and feel how bunches work at a less frenetic pace.
Tricks:  Consistency, communication, consideration
Consistency:           Keep pedaling smoothly – remember if you’re on the front of the bunch you must keep pedaling, especially on the down hills – your drag accelerates the riders behind you – if you stop pedaling you create issues further back.
Front = think about what you are doing and its impact on the back of the bunch. Keep the pace smooth and be alert to obstacles
Middle =  you are the interface to the bunch. Your job is to ensure the front knows whats happening at the back and that the consistency flows through
Back = you need to keep information flowing forward. At the back you will be doing as much work as the front – every move is more pronounced on the back and so the surges are bigger. Your job is to tell the front to keep it smooth when necessary and the obvious Car back calls ( and to let the cars know when its safe  to pass the bunch )
Communication:     Talk. even if its about the weather. Talk. The more communication there is in a bunch the better it works. If you’re rolling through let the rider in front know they’re clear, or if your last on the line, let the next rider know  they’re good to roll through. Even with one or two people chatting to everyone you can get bunches of     40 or more working together. But the more of you communicating the more smoothly the bunch works
Consideration:    For your fellow riders and road users. If you are more than one wide ride tightly so that traffic can pass. There should never be an instance of the bunch being three wide – its inefficient, and won’t achieve your goal of using the bunch to do the work for you!
If you’re at the front of the bunch think about how your actions will affect those at the back of the peloton.
This is about preparing for the Flyer, Our goal is to have everyone talking about the DOC riders and how they helped manage the bunches they were involved in.
For a good read – http://inrng.com/2012/03/paris-nice-stage-2-winning-moment a picture tells a thousand words – have a look at how this bunch has split……and these guys are pros 🙂
SHORT RIDE: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1596804
54Km with 356m climbing
This ride is great to practice keeping your pace consistent on those climbs, keeping the cadence high and planning out the climb  before or during the ascent ( thinking about how to approach the climb, and trying to maintain
a nice even pace the whole way)
The key is to be smooth on the climbs, have fun on the descents, and enjoy the ride.

It’s getting close to the Flyer (and for those riding the Tour of Northland – good luck see you there!)

So with that in mind, this weeks rides:

LONG RIDE: – View Map Here

106km with 620m climbing

Compared with the Flyer (http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/71538748) 99km with 550m climbing.

This weeks goal is to practice bunch riding – with an eye on maintaining the bunch integrity and how to protect yourself on longer rides.

Keys:

  • Keeping the peloton tight – both longitudinally and latitudinally (front to back and side to side)so tight groups please
  • In a race you will need to be conscious of where the wind is coming from, so where practicable look at echelon riding as well as tight and loose bunches.

Elements:

  • The faster riders  – your goal is to keep the bunch working together (ride patrons please)
  • The trainers – your goal is to listen to the patrons, and work together to keep the speed even and feel how bunches work at a less frenetic pace.

Tricks:

  • Consistency:  Keep pedaling smoothly – remember if you’re on the front of the bunch you must keep pedaling, especially on the down hills – your drag accelerates the riders behind you – if you stop pedaling you create issues further back.
    Front = think about what you are doing and its impact on the back of the bunch. Keep the pace smooth and be alert to obstacles
    Middle =  you are the interface to the bunch. Your job is to ensure the front knows whats happening at the back and that the consistency flows through
    Back = you need to keep information flowing forward. At the back you will be doing as much work as the front – every move is more pronounced on the back and so the surges are bigger. Your job is to tell the front to keep it smooth when necessary and the obvious Car back calls ( and to let the cars know when its safe  to pass the bunch )
  • Communication: Talk. even if its about the weather. Talk. The more communication there is in a bunch the better it works. If you’re rolling through let the rider in front know they’re clear, or if your last on the line, let the next rider know  they’re good to roll through. Even with one or two people chatting to everyone you can get bunches of  40 or more working together. But the more of you communicating the more smoothly the bunch works
  • Consideration: For your fellow riders and road users. If you are more than one wide ride tightly so that traffic can pass. There should never be an instance of the bunch being three wide – its inefficient, and won’t achieve your goal of using the bunch to do the work for you!

If you’re at the front of the bunch think about how your actions will affect those at the back of the peloton.

This is about preparing for the Flyer, Our goal is to have everyone talking about the DOC riders and how they helped manage the bunches they were involved in.

For a good read – http://inrng.com/2012/03/paris-nice-stage-2-winning-moment a picture tells a thousand words – have a look at how this bunch has split……and these guys are pros 🙂

SHORT RIDE: View Map Here

54Km with 356m climbing

This ride is great to practice keeping your pace consistent on those climbs, keeping the cadence high and planning out the climb  before or during the ascent (thinking about how to approach the climb, and trying to maintaina nice even pace the whole way)

The key is to be smooth on the climbs, have fun on the descents, and enjoy the ride.

Mike O’Kane
Department of Cycling Road

Sunday Ride – Average speed challenge

Announcing the winners of last Sunday’s Average speed challenge.

Group Two:

Geoff, Peter, Paul, Andrew, Brendon, Nigel

Claimed Ave:  29kph       Actual Ave:   29.03kph

Coffee vouchers and chocolate fish are waiting for you at Avantiplus Waitakere

Well done to all 4 teams, watch this space for the next team Sunday ride challenge!!!