Policy of being dropped

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Postby Stuart » 13 May 2009, 19:15


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Postby weiyun » 15 May 2009, 14:38

We have all been dropped in the past as it's part and parcel of cycling.

For confidence, it's important for the new rider to,

1) Know the way. Usually learnt after one or two ride.
2) Know how to fix flats. This can be practiced at home or learn it from one of the regulars.
3) Carry your own tools/pump/spare tubes.

After that, getting dropped would no longer be a concern as you can always make your own way back, or regroup with the bunch on the return leg. If you are finding yourself having too much of a performance gap for the Cruisers, then maybe some more Sat Slowies training in CP makes sense.

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Postby timyone » 15 May 2009, 15:02

One big thing for me has allways been the putting all my effort into not getting dropped! I used to get dropped up the hilll after the bridge, then it was after we turned right on the way to sutherland, then i could make it to sutherland, and it was a bit after that, then it stayed at the bit just after loftus for a while. It turns out that if i had just made it past that loftus hill sorta bit, i would have been making it a whole heap further, as it seemed to get easier after that!

But yeah, life is so much easier when you are on the wheel of the person in front of you. Do every thing you can to make it onto that wheel, as while you are off, your putting in alot more work than you have to, and you should only be facing the wind when you are on the front. The back of the pack is harder than the front too.

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Postby Stuart » 18 May 2009, 18:07

Hi Rick (and DAD1) - How about putting a post in (including a picture) so we know just who you are for next Waterfall ride. This goes for all the new riders - sure makes it easier to recognise you and builds our club spirit. There is also a guide on .

If you're only getting dropped at Tempe then no worries, you're almost home!

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Postby jimmy » 19 May 2009, 07:42

Rick

That's pretty impressive getting dropped on Tom Ugly's Bridge. That is a long way off the route.

I suspect you mean Captain Cooks Bridge, which is to the west of Tom Ugly's.

Of course, riding over that bridge is about your ability to ride hills, that is something which just comes with practise.

James

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Postby weiyun » 19 May 2009, 08:30

James, I think your inbuilt magnetometer has gone haywire as Captain Cooks Br is known to most to be to the east of Tom Ugly's. ;)

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Postby jimmy » 19 May 2009, 08:38

woops...

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