KBC Weekly Newsletter 9/3/14
Welcome to this week’s update on what has been happening at Kirsty Broun Cycling.
Women’s Racing Team
The Kirsty Broun Racing Team started off the racing season at the Sizzling Summer Series at Crestmead last Sunday, with a solid effort, focusing on race tactics and working together as a team. The girls contributed to a very exciting race that didn’t have one dull moment – attacking, sprinting and providing each other support along the way. We are looking forward to Round Two at Crestmead next Sunday! If you’re keen to find out more about criterium racing, please come and find us next weekend. We’ll be in the KBC tent! Well done girls!
KBC Group Training Program – The Week That Was
There is nothing more distressing for the eager early morning cyclist than the pitter patter of rain on the roof and the danger of wet roads. Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, our Wednesday and Saturday and Sunday rides were cancelled. However our Thursday morning performance group managed to go ahead at Nundah. Thursday’s program involved timed one lap efforts over the Nundah Criterium circuit, which were recorded. We record efforts such as these every few months to gauge performance changes over time. Every rider who tested during December improved their overall lap time, some by as much as ten seconds! Special mention must go to Justin Khoo, who had the best time of the morning with a rather slick 1.42 and our top female was Hannah Tohill with a very impressive effort of 1.45. Congratulations guys!
Women’s Development Program – Balmoral Cycling Club
In conjunction with Balmoral Cycling Club, Kirsty Broun Cycling has been running a Skills and Development Program, focused on improving bike handling skills for women of all abilities. The program runs from 11.30 – 1pm on Saturdays at Murrarie Criterium Circuit and is a great way to develop skills with other like minded women in a friendly, non competitive environment. This week, we focused on balancing skills, which are essential for building confidence on the bike, learning how to echelon (and the benefits) and finished with a fun Italian pursuit.
Descending Course – Mt Gravatt
Does going down steep hills with bends scare you? Not sure what to do? Want to feel more confident and in control of your bike, rather than the other way around? Then book into a KBC descending course! This month’s descending course is full, but if you’d like to jump on the waiting list for the next one, please email email@example.com
Rider of the Month – Jackie Dorey
A huge congratulations must go to Jackie Dorey, who is KBC’s Rider of the Month for March. I must commend Jackie for her hard work and dedication to training. No matter what was on the program, Jackie was at every training session and worked hard to improve her strength, skills and fitness! She is now reaping the rewards of her hard work, as she’s riding better than ever. Well done Jackie!
Tour of Tassie – The Countdown is On!
I cannot believe that there are only three weeks to go before fourteen dedicated KBC riders heads to Tasmania for the inaugural KBC Tour de Tassie. It’s going to be an exciting trip with some spectacular rides planned around the beautiful country side and glorious mountains. All of that hard work is going to be balanced out by a few well earned days of living it up at Cradle Mountain in 5-star lodge accommodation! The riders have been training hard in preparation for some of the harder challenges on the Tour, but will also enjoy some pleasures of what Tassie has to offer, including some fabulous wining and dining. If anyone is interested in going on the next Tour de Tassie, KBC is planning another trip on 28 November to 7 November 2014. If you are interesting in participating, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the full lowdown! Spaces are limited to just 15 riders and with the inaugural tour selling out within a matter of days, it’s worth getting in touch quickly!
Safety Tip of the Week – Bike Maintenance
With the wet weather that Brisbane has had this week, I thought it was a good time to remind everyone about the need to regularly service our bikes. Bikes are just like cars in that parts wear out, brakes need regular examination, tyres need changing and a bit of strategically placed grease or chain lube is often essential. For example, did you know that a chain (as it bears most load) usually needs to be changed with up to every 2000km of riding (dependent on riding style) – and if it’s not changed can shorten the life of your cluster and other parts of your drivetrain? This year Kirsty Broun Cycling has teamed up with Velo Cycles, who provide excellent bicycle servicing, and even better, a discount for KBC riders? Visit Brant and the team at the shop or their website, www.velo.net.au for more information.
Until next week, Be skilled, be safe, but most of all, have fun!