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Chaingang - Tues 13 July 2021, 7pm
I can't make it out tonight. The weather is nice: enjoy. I'd encourage 2 groups if possible, rather than one mahoosive group this time.
I might organise a Club Circuit Race Championship later in the summer. I hope all chaingangers would have a go.
Standard chaino info...
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7pm - Depart Ashwell, Three Tuns at easy pace.
7.05pm - 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: