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Ilton training

posted 5 Apr 2009, 11:11 by Mike Smith   [ updated 6 Apr 2009, 23:44 ]
Taunton Vale Cycle Racing Association

Ilton training starts next week (7th) at the Merryfield Airfield at 18:30, signing on for 18:15.  The sessions continue througout the season, usually finishing sometime in September by which time it is getting too dark and everyone is too tired!   Its £15 for the year for Seniors, £5 for under 18's. If you bring you children along they are free, but they need to complete a form. The biggest change this year will be the youth training and a lot of thought has gone into planning for 2009.  These sessions will be starting in May, details to be released.  Anyone who wishes to attend should complete the application form and return with a cheque, payable to Taunton Vale Cycle Racing Association, for the appropriate amount to John.  He will then issue the necessary passes.  British Cycling membership and a racing licence are no longer required for the Tuesday evening sessions.
These sessions are a great opportunity in a friendly, supportive and traffic-free environment, to acquire the skills and confidence required for participating in road races .  Although the airfield perimeter track is relatively flat it is also lacking in shelter from the wind and weather and the sessions are a tough workout.  As the main intention is to give everyone the opportunity of practicing their bunch riding skills, it is quite permissible to take a short-cut down the runways to regain the bunch if you get dropped.  There are normally two groups - one more eyeballs-out than the other - so you can choose how hard a kicking you want!  There is a programme of open races on the airfield throughout the season in addition to the training sessions and an ever popular 4-up team time trial evening which is usually followed up with a curry at the local hostelry.  The 4-up is on June 23rd this year.  Last year three Wheelers took part and with the addition of a "guest" from Yeovil Cycling Club, managed to come second in the handicap competition.  It would be great to have a few more people competing this year.
Grants for training coaches
TVCRA have been successful in attracting funding from Somerset County Council for providing grants for anyone from member clubs who may wish to become a qualified British Cycling coach.  Each club has been alloted £500 for this purpose.  Let John know if you are interested.