KBC Newsletter – 20/4/14
Welcome to this week’s instalment of what’s been happening at Kirsty Broun Cycling!
Training – The Week That Was
We have had a wonderful week of training, including some terrific rides over an Easter weekend filled with lots of sunshine (and smiles!).
Beginners Group – Monday and Friday
Coached by Liz Hepple, the beginners group have done both a standard and extended river loop this week as well as skills training on the corso. I would particularly like to welcome David, who participated in his first group ride on Monday. It was also wonderful to see the Balmoral Skills ladies, Vicki and Sue putting their improved skills into practice and doing a great job of riding in a group. If you know anyone that would like to give riding a go, but may be a little nervous about their ability to keep up with a group, the Monday and Friday rides are the perfect starting point. Please put them in touch with me (email@example.com) if they have any questions.
Wednesday and Thursday Rides
On Wednesday, we headed out to Long Pocket for some lead out practice and power climbs up the hill. We decided to split up into two groups – ladies’ and men’s team, which proved to be beneficial for both teams as the ladies consolidated their lead out and sprint practice and the men practised it for the first time.
On Thursday, the high performance session focused on skills development. I cannot emphasise skills development enough – yes, you can be the fittest, but if your skills aren’t up to par, fitness will mean nothing. Thus, we spent the morning on cornering practice – my motto – “sometimes you have to go slower in order to learn how to be quicker!”. I divided our twenty strong rider group into two and we spent time cornering around witches hats – learning to distribute weight correctly and tackle the corners efficiently and effectively.
Easter Long Weekend Rides
We kicked off the Easter Long Weekend with a recovery ride around the river and on Easter Saturday, a large contingent met at Velo Cycles to ride out to Samford and Mount Mee. We split into two groups and Coach Liz took those who wanted to scale Mount Mee and I took a second group back through Petrie, Zillmere and finally out to Nundah, where we had the pleasure of supporting Jackie Dorey and Holly Greenwood, who were back on their comeback into racing. Both Jackie and Holly have been supporters of the Kirsty Broun Racing Team since the start of the year, so it was a pleasure to watch them race on the weekend. They did exceptionally well and make us all proud!
Easter Sunday’s ride took the KBC crew to Wellington Point for 95km of fun and fitness. Everyone rode well together and knowing that we had a few Easter eggs to burn off, participated in some efforts along the Manly Esplanade and Rickertt Road. Special mention goes to Tracy Nowicki, whose fitness and endurance has improved in leaps and bounds since joining KBC. There were a few points where I pushed things a little and Tracy rose to every challenge that I dished out. Nice work, Tracy!
Easter Monday arrived and after the challenges of the weekend, it was time to let our hair down (or in some cases, put it on) with a Daggiest Kit ride. Justin Khoo did a stellar job in his Spiderman skin suit and Liz Nelson tried her hardest to get everyone to “look at moi” as Kath Day-Knight but a unanimous vote of super-kit ugliness was handed to yours truly. I decided to sport a red track skin suit, with yellow lettering, straight from the nineties. It was so bad, I couldn’t allow anyone to take a picture – in other words – if you want to see such hideousness, sign up for the next Daggy Kit ride, coming to a peloton near you. Includes many coffee stops and guaranteed to keep a smile on your face all day.
Here’s what the KBC crew had to say about my kit – no, they weren’t going to let me get away with announcing that I was the winner on my own newsletter:
“A Baywatch look-a-like disaster.”
“Red and pink don’t go together, Kirsty.”
“You’re going to have to fatten up if you want a job as Ronald McDonald!”
Oh dear – back to my good old “Coach” kit this week I think!
Watt Bike Sessions – Further Info, Times and Cancellation Policy
KBC are offering Watt Bike sessions on Wednesdays 12.15pm and 6.30pm and Thursdays 5.30pm at Urban Rowing, Montague Road, West End. The cost per session is $20.00 and the Watt Bikes give you real time feedback not only on your power output (max), average power output, heart rate etc but also on pedaling technique and analysis in real time. To book please contact me with your name and time of preferred session. I will text you back to confirm your session.
Please note: Cancellations on the day of booking incur a $20.00 forfeiture fee – as we cannot always fill a spot within short notice and it is not fair to those who we have already turned away who wish to plan their sessions in advance.
Hope Across Australia – Charity Dinner and Fundraising Auction
Kirsty Broun Cycling has proudly sponsored Steve Schoemaker, Jon Bennett and Marshall Cusworth, who have established the Hope Across Australia Ride in support of the charity “Hope and Care for Little Souls” to bring hope and care to the young, many of whose parents died in the Congo war. This charity was set up by Australian engineer and HAA rider, Steve Schoemaker, and a displaced refugee from the Congo war, Dino Kile Mozart. The charity Started in 2006, at that time HCLS cared for just 10 parentless children through the compassion and love of Dino Kile Mozart and his wife, Sephorah. Over the last 7 years, HOPE & CARE for LITTLE SOULS has grown into a program providing foster care, high quality education, healthcare, feeding programs, and community development initiatives, with more than 450 children now being cared for across nursery, primary and secondary school levels.
Your donation to Hope Across Australia, which involves the three men traversing the country on bicycles from the West to East coasts of Australia, will support the efforts of this extraordinary charity.
Hope Across Australia are organising a charity dinner and fundraising auction, with some amazing entertainment and items up for auction. The dinner will take place on 22nd May, 2014 at the Eatons Hill Hotel Grand Ballroom. Please let me know if you are interested in purchasing a ticket for this dinner, as I will book you on our KBC table.
KBR Men’s Racing Team 2014
After the positive impact that the KBR Women’s Development team has made on promoting the sport of cycling in Qld, Kirsty Broun Cycling is seeking expressions of interest for those men who are interested in being part of an Elite and Masters Men’s Racing Team for 2014. If you would like to nominate for a position on this team, please submit your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, 27 April 14. I look forward to hearing from you.
Until next time, keep skilled, keep safe but most importantly, keep smiling.