Hi everyone. The roster has been fully updated and is included in this update. See the below roster for who is running the rides and specific dates.
You will note that my name is not listed amongst the ride leaders after this Sunday's ride. I think the group is in good hands, so with my IM training not always providing me with the ability to commit to a ride well in advance I will leave things with those in the roster. To avoid any confusion, this Sunday's ride will be the last one i'll lead. (I will continue joining the Saturday and Sunday group rides when time is available).
Those on the roster will be the best people to contact should you have queries about ride briefings or the way forward. I would like to thank the KCC committee for the opportunity to be involved with the 905's over the last ten months.
There is plenty in this update, so a summary of the headers is... This week's circuit Key information for the 905's Tip of the Week Leading the 905's - The Roster of Ride Leaders Taupo 2009 - Book Your Accommodation Kapiti 905's - Your Goals - Gerry Westhuis Kapiti 905's - Your Goals - Adrian McKenzie Winter Series Starting in June Spin Sessions - Almost Sold Out
This week's circuit This week the outing heads south and we follow the road around Raumati South and then along the coast. We then head along Mazengarb Road, then over the footbridge at Otihanga, and once in Waikanae we head towards the Peka Peka's, and we'll briefly stop at the intersection at SH1 to see who wants to continue north. This week (as with last week) our aim is to tack on one loop of the Te Horo circuit. This is the same circuit that will be used for the Winter Series, and we'll ride the loop in the same direction. (Anti-clockwise). The returning journey retraces our steps, with the group once again riding back through the Peka Peka's, and most cyclists heading their own way once we get back to Mazengarb Road.
Key information for the 905's Newer riders are encouraged to read the below points...with more experienced riders having a quick refresher from time-to time. 1 - The ride briefing starts at 9am and we depart from Coastland's at 9:05am. (The times are earlier in the summer months). 2 - There is no designated finishing place for the ride, but I am receptive to the group occasionally meeting for a post-ride coffee from time to time. 3 - The group's speed will be 25 to 27kms per hour depending on conditions which cyclists are on the ride. 4 - The group's distance is approximately 40-60kms, with a longer ride available to those who are keen. 5 - Communication is key... - Not confident bunch riding?? Let others know, and they will assist. - Tired?? Inform the group, and you can simply enjoy the ride near the back of the group. - Obstacles or debris on the road?? Point them out as early as possible so others can see them.
Tip of the Week Motivation A big goal, like having a mortgage or raising kids, can be overwhelming when considered in its entirety. Focus on small, intermediate goals. Also, it helps to log every ride. Looking back on how many rides (and kms) you have achieved can be great motivation later in the season.
Leading the 905's - The Roster of Ride Leaders A number of people have been keen to lead the 905's on the Sunday rides. This is an approach that will assist everyone, with a great deal of cycling experience being offered by those who have shown an interest in leading the rides. I welcome more cyclists to show an interest in leading the group, so please contact those on the roster if you would be keen on leading the group at some stage.
Roster for the Kapiti 905's... Me - Sunday 31-May Bob Pratt - Sunday 7-June Adrian McKenzie - Sunday 14-June Greg Cundy - Sunday 21-June *Dave Downer - Sunday 28-June
*Dave Downer to advise if able to assist. **John Christain keen to participate as of August.
Taupo 2009 - Book Your Accommodation It's time to think about booking accomodation for Taupo. Getting an overpriced, crampt, and remote place to stay really takes away from the Taupo experience, so it is very much recommended that you book well ahead. There are two main types of accommodation...
Holiday Homes or Private Houses / Rooms To access our service please direct enquiries to
Hotels, Motels, or Backpackers Contact the Taupo Information Centre on 07 376 0027.
Kapiti 905's - Your Goals - Gerry Westhuis Gerry, in my opinion symbolises what the Kapiti 905's are all about. She arrives every week with a smile on her face, and challenges are simply seen as journey's to be shared. Be warned though, Gerry is capable of more than her calm exterior may convey.
Gerry highlights, "I will probably do Taupo, Taranaki and Graperide Magnum next year, just like this year". Gerry also highlights that aiming for fast riding on short course races is not a majority priority. (Which personally are sentiments I can relate to). After enquiring a bit further though Gerry had some interesting goals...
As Gerry said, "First step in the direction of my big dream would be the Graperide Ultimate. Not Taupo, too hilly". (Crikey. FIRST step!!). Gerry continues that to ride 500kms in one ride is something that captures her imagination. The longer training rides are acknowledged as a potential hurdle however, with family commitments an area that Gerry does not want to compromise.
It was observed by Gerry that the Graperide Ultimate had a female participant this year. Gerry may be interested to learn that the female participant was Marion Savage, who actually did the Graperide Magnum two years ago in a time only 60 minutes faster than Gerry this year. Marion then completed the 1,200km Paris-Brest-Paris event later that same year. It needs to be remembered that anything is possible if you put your mind to it...
Kapiti 905's - Your Goals - Adrian McKenzie Adrian has a seven month training plan that will see him have a crack at a sub five hour Taupo outing. This is no mean feat, so Adrian has outlined some specific areas that will assist with him getting into the position where this becomes a realistic opportunity.
Adrian's sub-goals towards a sub five hour Taupo: 1) Lose minimum of 15kg. 2) Put in a Tuesday night ride averaging 40km/hr before Taupo. 3) Completing a three phase training program...
Phase One A nine week build phase that includes three times per week strength training. This includes two runs / rides midweek, and an increasing Sunday ride distance to regularly be doing more than 100km rides. The strength work will also change to a degree to include functional strength work now that I have a base.
Phase Two A twelve week power program. Progressive indoor, off-season, training routines. There will be two high intensity work outs per week with alternate recovery rides, and a long Sunday riding with the group. Weights will be dropped from the program for this phase to a large degree.
Phase Three Ten weeks of Tuesday night racing and also the calendar of pre-Taupo Fun Rides.
Best of luck with the training Adrian. It's good to see you back with the group(s).
Winter Series Starting in June The Te Horo 'Winter series' is almost here, with the first race just over two weeks away. The dates for the races are... Saturday 13th June. 4 Laps 40km Saturday 27th June. 4 Laps 40km Saturday 11th July. 5 Laps 50km Saturday 25th July. 5 Laps 50km
Times are early afternoon for each race, with the exact time being... A Grade Starts 1:30pm B Grade Starts 1:35pm C Grade Starts 1:38pm D Grade Starts 1:40pm E Grade - TBC. (There may be a E Grade, but Bob will confirm).