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The Kapiti Good Bunch that we started way back in February - has been a fantastic success.  It's been a great group of people who've stretched and grown over the period - and they have been a joy to help and show the ropes to - we've really enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm and progress.   We had the slight interruption to our 12-week program with COVID-19 putting things on hold for a while - but we're up and running again - and we have four weeks to go until the KGB riders can graduate and become KGB agents :). 

The lockdown has introduced a whole new bunch of people to riding - and let others rediscover the joys of cycling.   So with the success of the KGB's still bubbling away, we’re starting a new group aimed slightly wider - this August. A 12-week program aimed at those people who found or refound cycling during the coronavirus levels.

Please share this amongst your friends and neighbours, and anyone that you know of that might be interested in growing their abilities with us.

Here are the details...

 

Discovered or rediscovered cycling during coronavirus lockdown?

One of the positive things to come out of this crazy year has been the huge rise in the number of people cycling.   Whether as a safer way to get to work, as a sanity release by getting out of the house for some fresh air and exercise, or just because people rediscovered that joy of exploring and the sheer fun of being a kid on a bike again - , people are riding.

If you've had that spark and want to kindle it to a flame, taking you to new levels of fitness and fun, then read on...

Does any of this sound like you?

KGB Skills Crop

This is a 12-week stepped cycling program, aimed at growing your abilities and fitness.

This is NOT a program for ‘guns’ or expert cyclists, nor will it put unrealistic expectations on anyone. When we ran this program previously we aimed it at people with road bikes who could ride between 30 and 50km comfortably and we had a hugely successful group.  This time, with the coronavirus changing all our lives and introducing lots of new and recycled cyclists, - we’re widening our reach and offering the program to two different streams of people.

Two bunches in one...

  1. People with drop bar road bikes who can ride 30-50km.
  2. People with flat bar road bikes (hybrids) or mountain bikes set up for the road, who can ride for an hour and half - to two hours comfortably at a fitness pace and may like to progress to a drop-bar road bike eventually. (we  have nothing against those bikes - we absolutely love mountain biking - we are just aiming this development group at the road - but we don't want to exclude anyone that doesn't have a road bike just yet.  If you haven't experienced a drop bar road bike - they are the fastest - so that's where we're aiming)

Moving to road bikes

If we get plenty of people in both streams - we will split into 2 groups on the road. 

During the 12 weeks you’ll learn, or be refreshed on such things as, what to wear, what essentials to bring on a ride, how to change a tyre, good cycle etiquette, eating and drinking ‘on the move’, and the best coffee places for that all-important post-ride chat.

The rides will start at an easy level of both distance and speed, accommodating all in the group. Over time the distance covered will increase and we’ll learn good bunch-riding skills, while gradually improving fitness and confidence

Once the program is complete riders should feel confident enough to move to one or more of the regular rides happening in the area, which continue all year round.

What’s included:

Cost:

$55 per person to cover the full 12-week program (incredibly good value at just over $4:50 a session).  This fee confers membership of the Kapiti Cycling Club.  The organisers, leaders, and coaches are all members of the Kapiti Cycling Club and give their time and effort entirely voluntarily.

 

When and Where:

The first session will be Sunday 2 August 2020

The last session will be Sunday 18 October 2020

All 12 weeks will begin outside Farmers at the back of Coastlands, Paraparaumu at 8.10AM. Other regular groups also leave from this point so don’t be concerned if you see some flash gear rolling around; chances are they’re not with your group.

What to bring:

There are all sorts of opinions on ‘the essentials’ to bring on a ride. But if we pare that down to the necessities then you should have the following:

Everything else we can cover as we go.

See below for basic details of each week's session

Contact Glynis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out about joining the Kapiti Corona Bunch.

How to Join:

Joining is easy - simply do an online transfer to the Cycling Club Bank account 03-0732-0020082-00. Use your name and "KCB" in the reference. And contact Glynis (details above) to let her know you have done so. (if you are already a member of the club then you don't need to do this - just contact Glynis to let her know you want to join the group).

 

Program for the Kapiti Corona Bunch

At the beginning of each ride, the ride leader will discuss for max 5 minutes the ‘theme of the week’ (see below).

Each ride will build upon things covered previously as well as in distance and time (unless it is the hill-climbing or cornering weeks where we will go out and practice this stuff in the real world)

We will start every session with 20 mins of coach lead - skills work, which will progress as people improve.  

We will finish every ride with a bunch “debrief” at a local café.

KGB Debrief Crop 

Week 1: Welcome

 

Week 2: Bunch riding

 

Week 3: Clothing

 

Week 4:  Confidence

 

Week 5: Rotating

 

Week 6: The Bike

 KGB Pause during ride Crop

Week 7: Posture

 

Week 8: Cornering Technique

 

Week 9: Hill Climb Technique

KGB BriefingCrop 

Week 10: Nutrition

 

Week 11: Bunch Surfing

 

Week 12: What’s next