The prospect of 32 degree temperatures coupled with the craziest time of the year for managing socials calendars was not enough to deter 16 local road cyclists to come along to Armidale’s Traffic Education Centre to get a feel for closed-track racing, riding alongside a strong contingent of experienced club riders at the weekend’s ‘Come & Try Crits’ day.
Mark Bullen and Chris Stace combined as the Master and Apprentice to run the ‘Come & Try Crits’ event. Shortly after the event briefing, which included a quick bike and helmet safety check, all riders warmed up with a casual roll around the 1.2km track alongside an experienced club rider. This proved to be a great opportunity for new riders to familiarise themselves with the track layout and for club riders to provide any cycling tips, such as correct gear selection, making the ride more enjoyable.
After completing a few laps, the Master and the Apprentice grouped riders into small groups comprising 6-8 new and experienced riders and sent them back around the track riding side by side for a few more laps. The primary focus during this skill session was maintaining a safe distance between the riders adjacent and in front.
The third skill session focused on riding single file. Using the same groups from the previous skill session and once all drink bottles were refilled with icy cold water, riders were sent out once again to practice riding in a straight line and maintaining a safe distance between bikes.
The final session of the day was a timed ride around the track, also known as a time trial, from a standing start. James Harris and Archie Chick set the fastest time of the day, coming across the line with a time of 1:52, closely followed by Mitchell Jones with a time of 1:56.
Many thanks to all riders for coming along to the second ‘Come & Try Crits’ day, especially the club riders. It would not have been the success it was without you. Keep an eye out for the next ‘Come & Try Crits’ day in early February. Don’t forget that we run development rides on Tuesdays 5.30pm on Dangarsleigh. Until then…Merry Christmas and safe riding.