Clwb Seiclo Madog along with Dwyfor will be hosting two time trials over the summer months. These competitive events are are open to riders of all abilities and are the perfect way to get a taste of cycle racing. Pin a number on your back and it’s just you against the clock.
Friday 18th July 6.15 sign on
Thursday 21st August 6.15pm sign on
Llandwstumdwy to Aberech roundabout and back. Flat and straight enough to make an excellent TT course but not quite as flat as you’d think so it can be a tricky one to pace. Try it the first time, set a benchmark and come back and try to beat your time on your next run.
What’s involved in a time trial?
Time trials are the simplest form of cycle racing, often called the race of truth. You ride a set distance and your time over that distance is recorded.
Competitive time trials are run on open roads so you must obey the highway code and give way to traffic as normal. There will be marshals on the course but they have no powers to stop traffic so stay aware, look at the road ahead and stay vigilant. The courses are designed so as to minimise the chances of having to stop, no right hand turns and a roundabout to make the return turn.
Who can take part? Anyone who is a member of a CTT affiliated cycle club can compete, you need to be a member to be insured. If you are not a member of a club then get in touch and and get signed up. Under 16s can take part but must have a signed parental consent form.
Put your turbos away, Welsh summer time is here. Every Wednesday night the club meets at Glaslyn Leisure Centre in Porthmadog 6.30pm
This is a high paced session designed to improve group riding skills and fitness levels. We usually use the relatively quiet loop around Llanfrothen, Nantmor and Prenteg which is fairly flat with a few bumps for a quick blast. The speed gets ramped up gradually so hang on for as long as you can and if you do get dropped you’re never too far from home. Out from Porthmadog, 3 laps and back to Port makes about 30 miles and takes and hour and half or so.
Riding in a group means you can shelter in the slipstream of other riders and achieve higher speeds. Stronger riders do more of the work by doing longer turns on the front, if you’re not as strong or unsure of your fitness level then only do a short turn on the front so you don’t blow up and can stay in the group longer and enjoy the session more.
Last year these sessions we’re popular and we always had some good fun. Riders saw some big fitness gains too, Dave started the year getting dropped early on and by the end of the year he was going on crazy solo attacks. On the third lap we often let the group break up and see who can get away.and have a laugh.
We also have plans for a more leisurely paced ride that will meet on Wednesdays, same time, same place. Everyone welcome, come along.
Thanks to everyone who came and took part in our inaugural competitive event. The air was cold, the ground was slippy, the road works nearly scuppered the whole thing but the rain stayed away and all went smoothly. Special thanks to marshals; Gwenlli (CSM development officer), Andy (Coed y Brenin legend) and Dylan’s dad (of Pritchard & Griffiths)
Mike Morris – Rhos – 4.48
Gwydion Roberts – Dwyfor – 5.14
Gary Ellis – Energy – 5.23
Peter Barton – CSM – 5.34
Ifan Roberts – Dwyfor – 5.45
Dylan Griffiths – CSM – 5.45
Delme Davies – CRM – 5.53
Hedd Roberts – CSM – 5.59
Staffan Jones – Dwyfor 6.21
Alwen Williams – Antur Stiniog – 6.23
Iwan Jones – Private – 6.35
Dafydd Hughes – Energy – 6.53
Tommie Collins – CSM – 7.25
Mark Rigby – CSM – 7.26
Paul French – CSM – 7.37
Pat Hughes – CSM – 8.20
CSM will be hosting an end of season hill climb on Sunday 3rd November. The hill is one we all know and love, Rhyd! If you’ve never been involved in a competitive event before then this is the ideal opportunity to give it a go.
You will need to sign on and collect a race number at Y Ring car park. Sign on will be between 09:00 and 09:40. The climb will start at 10:00 from the small lay by at the bottom of Rhyd hill.
Finish is at the top of the hill just before the left hand bend.
IMPORTANT: Riders must continue past the finish line, around the left hand bend and down into the village of Rhyd before turning back around. This is to prevent causing any hazards on the road.
ALL riders must be a member of a club to participate for insurance purposes. Entry is £2.00.
This is the first such event organised by Clwb Seiclo Madog and we hope to run similar events in 2014. Come along, have some fun and test yourself on this difficult climb.
Clwb Seiclo Madog is now 1 year old! To celebrate we’re having a leisurely social ride this Sunday 6th October starting from Porthmadog leisure centre at 9am. An easy steady ride through Beddgelert past Afon Glaslyn and stopping at Caffi Gwynant for a cake and a panad.
Everyone is welcome, this is a social ride with the aim of encouraging new people to come out and ride with us.
Sunday rides were a a success last autumn and we will continue to ride each Sunday morning as a club. See you there!
The Stwlan Dam is one of those secrets that North Wales keeps close to its chest. Spectacular views (on a good day) and alpine style switch backs that road cyclists dream of. But this isn’t the Alps or the Pyrenees, this is Tan y Grisiau, just down the road from Blaenau Ffestiniog. An area forged from a slate mining industry that’s littered with relics and treasures just waiting to be discovered.
On July 6th 2013 Road cyclists from across North Wales and probably further afield will congregate at this little know but iconic climb to race up the privately owned road free from traffic, but not from sheep, against the clock.
Once you pin that number on your back there’s no going back, riders will almost instantly hit the limit of their abilities, heart rates will rise within a few seconds, from there on they must maintain and withstand a constant level of self inflicted pain until they reach the summit.
Antur Striniog have gained permission from First hydro to stage the event on this mythical road and CSM would like to thank those involved.
Saturday Jul 6th, 11am. Clwb Seiclo Madog will most likely ride out together from Porthmadog (at a very very conservative pace I might add) so check our facebook page for details
Starting Wednesday 3rd April
6.30pm at Porthmadog leisure centre, always check facebook for any changes due to other events and weather.
Each Wednesday night throughout the summer we will get together for a fast paced chain gang session. The aim is to improve group riding skills and fitness. Don’t be put off by the thought of fast speeds, once you get the hang of holding the wheel in front the drafting benefit means you can wizz along much faster than when you’re on your own.
Groups can either ride in a single pace line or a double pace line. Here’s a couple of links to some good articles which explain some of the terms used and the way it works.
Cycling info chain gang
Bike radar group riding
We’d like everyone to come along and have a go. The routes chosen for each session will be relatively flat so we can try to keep the group together.
24th February 2013
Dwyfor cycling club are hosting a 10 mile time trial on Sunday 24th February at 10.30am starting in Llanystumdwy. This 10 mile time trial is an excellent opportunity to brush away those winter cobwebs and test your fitness. Entry is FREE and all entrants are welcome.
The course runs along the main road from Llanystumdwy to the Aberech roundabout and back. It’s not as flat as you might think which makes pace judgement tricky.
Time trials are an accessible introduction into racing and they’re great “fun” too. You can’t get dropped, you’re just racing against yourself and the clock. Clwb Seiclo Madog will be riding out to Llanystumdwy at 9.30 on Sunday morning from Porthmadog leisure centre ready to sign on before 10.00.
If you would like to ride please leave a comment below with your name. This helps with organisation and signing on. Remember you cannot be late for a TT.
We’re please to announce that the club now has 10 turbo trainers available for use at the Wednesday night turbo sessions. So now you’ve got no excuse! Check our facebook page for details of the next session
What is a turbo session?
You hook your normal road bike onto a turbo trainer which turns your bike into a stationary trainer. After a gentle warm up you then enter into structured interval sessions. This involves intense workouts for a set amount of time designed to stress your cardiovascular system, these are repeated over the course of roughly an hour. We use sufferfest videos which include these intense intervals while watching pro race footage with some loud music too. This keeps it fun and strangely enjoyable. During the days following these sessions your body will recover and improve your fitness level so come spring you’ll hit the road flying.