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Old 03-04-13, 02:58 AM   #26
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Nice job Chas.

Might I suggest a modification to the thread title...........seems things have changed.
Not enough. My transformation from frog to prince is going to take a while, I'm afraid. But progress is progress.

I've signed up for our League of Veteran Racing Cyclists, too. So this year I can get the crap kicked out of me by the fast old guys as well as the fast young guys.
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Old 03-04-13, 03:32 AM   #27
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Well, here's hoping the princess doesn't tarry too long.

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Old 03-04-13, 07:28 AM   #28
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Great effort - way to hang in there!
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Old 03-04-13, 09:03 AM   #29
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League of Veteran Racing Cyclists
Cooler name than anything we have over here.
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Old 03-05-13, 02:53 PM   #30
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I must admit though, that I wanted to throw him out of the tent on his non-existent butt when he told us his time. I think he is about 4' tall and weighs 80 pounds.
We ahev one of those who rides with us: 80 years old and nothing of him, and he thrashes all of us 65-75 youngsters.
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Old 04-08-13, 05:46 PM   #31
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Some of you will remember that earlier in the year I agreed to sponsor a youth racing team. We're well on the way to getting established, and this weekend we took a squad of three teams to our first national-level event, the youth Tour of Scotland. This is a three-day event with four stages, a RR, a crit, an individual TT and a "kermesse race" - short course with a serious climb and some gravel/dirt sections.

So two boys' teams of four riders each, classification "youth A" - riders aged 14 and 15 years. Plus one girls' team of three, classification "youth A and B" - age range 12-15 inclusive. We didn't have a huge amount of hope, because only two of our riders have any real experience at national level, and the field includes some of the very best in Britain; plus Cycling Ireland have sent over their best youth riders.

However, we had a terrific time. Some good results, some bad. Our strongest riders, girl and boy, were both in contention for top six GC finishes until the final race. The girl blew it when crashing out on the kermesse course - she got back on and finished, but her chance was gone - and the boy was right in contention until puncturing late in the race. But we're doing something right as far as teamwork is concerned, because one of our other riders immediately jumped off and gave him his bike to limit the damage. Ended up eleventh out of 70-odd in GC, but hey - it's early days.

This whole thing was a great experience. Great bunch of kids, their enthusiasm is infectious, and they are clearly already a team in their own minds. And the racing was absolutely fabulous. You'd wait a long time to see pro races with half as much entertainment value and unreserved commitment. This is going to be fun, even if from time to time I thought it would be easier to be riding than managing...
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Wow, that sounds like great progress in a very short time.
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Wow, that sounds like great progress in a very short time.
Yeah, well my friend has been coaching a number of these kids for a while, so we aren't completely starting from scratch. More a matter of bringing together a group of individuals who have previously been isolated in clubs without a racing focus, and turning them into a team, supporting them with entries to national events and so on. It'll take a while - the spread of ability is pretty wide at the moment - but we'll get there. I'd like to make a point of attracting new riders into the sport, especially girls.
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Old 04-09-13, 03:14 AM   #34
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But we're doing something right as far as teamwork is concerned, because one of our other riders immediately jumped off and gave him his bike to limit the damage. Ended up eleventh out of 70-odd in GC, but hey - it's early days....
Bodes well for the future of the teams, and good to see kids of that age putting the team before their own chances.

I used to coach squash and the big problem we had was keeping juniors beyond their late teens for several reasons: motivating them when they realised they couldn't win every match; they discovered the opposite sex; they discovered alcohol. Good luck!

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Old 04-09-13, 09:11 AM   #35
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Helping others achieve success can be more rewarding than your own. Congrats Chasm!
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Old 04-09-13, 09:46 AM   #36
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Chas, what a great story! I love hearing about sportsmanship, especially these days when the "all about me" mindset seems to dominate youth culture. You've done a great job with those kids, and I think great results are a given. Congratulations!
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Hi, I find it almost impossible to stress my body in training the way I stress it in a race. Sounds like you got a great racing workout and learned a few things too. Looking forward to hearing the next report from across the pond.
Me too. With the exception of max power. Usually my best numbers come from specific sprint workouts; there's just no way I can generate the sheer power at the end of a race or even a race ride. If I hit 95% of that though, I'm pretty happy.

Re Spain: My wife and I were so enamored of Spain (Galicia in particular) that we named our daughter for the little town where we stayed.
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