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Chaingang - Tues 29 June 7.30pm... NOTE TIME CHANGE
To allow for some breathing space from the end of the England game, I will suggest we start out from the Ashwell Tuns at 7.30pm this Tuesday. I hope that's OK and makes good sense for those who want to watch and ride.
Of course: if it goes to extra-time and penalties... Well you may want to do the chaingang and avoid the horror show.
Let's split if group too big. An idea: if anyone is waiting at Steeple Morden, can they send a note to the WhatsApp group near 7pm, letting those know in Ashwell how many are there (and any preference on Group 1 or 2 - if there indeed is two groups).
I'm up for two laps this week. Ta!
Standard chaino info...
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NOTE: ENGLAND v GERMANY enforced changes to start time this week only...
7.30pm - Depart Ashwell, Three Tuns at easy pace.
7.35pm - Meet up with those waiting at Steeple Morden pub/church and begin the chaingang. Let's have a quick discussion on groups here if need be before setting off. Most people aim for two laps.
We will probably be two groups if turnout is high. 'Group 2' more inclusive at around 22mph average which is basically the same as doing the Club 10 TT in 30 minutes. If you're able to do that: you're fine, as the aero/energy benefits of drafting will help. Group 2 should let the other group go first by a minute or so - to avoid the chances of overlapping on the course.
1. We rotate the chain anti-clockwise all the way.
2. If there's less than 4, it's probably better making it a TTT instead of a chain.
3. All welcome. CCA members or not.
4. Feeling the burn? Before you blow up, sit out your place in the chain and simply hang on at the back saying 'Last!' so the gang knows to miss you out. Enjoy the free speed from the group draft effect for as long as you like, recover and rejoin the chain with clear communication once you have your breath back.
5. Aim for smoothness: the fast line is only fractionally faster (1mph) than the resting line, don't spring out of corners, don't overlap wheels, be super alert at all times and call out every hazard and manoeuvre.
6. "What if I get dropped?"… It can happen to anyone and that's fine: you are still officially bad-ass for turning up and doing it. Ease back or turn around and latch on the next lap, or solo TT to continue the effort . Come back next week and see if you can hold on for longer.
7. The 9-mile lap: