The inaugural 1904RT training weekend saw riders tackle three rides over two days, on the sunniest weekend of the year so far – suggesting the team already has luck on its side from the line.
An eager 35 riders took part in the stay-at-home training camp, which encompassed coaching points on bunch skills, sprinting and of course endurance with a long Sunday ride.
The weekend was organised largely by sponsors Norwood Paragon with Maison du Velo providing nutritional support and a team HQ.
Three different groups rolled out to tackle each of the sessions, with a women’s team ride, men’s team ride and more moderately paced option for those toying with the idea of racing as well.
Saturday morning kicked off with a tempo ride, with some hills thrown in to help establish strengths and weaknesses ahead of key races.
Following a staggered return for pasta and caffeine refills at the shop, riders then rolled out again for a second session with a specific focus on bunch skills and sprinting.
The women worked with coach Ian Watson, whilst the men had Paragon’s Marcus Bruton as lead commander. Those newer to cycling tried their hand at through-and-off with Paragoni Duncan Murdoch.
There was time afterwards for riders to quiz coach Ian on training methods and race craft, before dinner at Reigate’s Bills.
Sunday, which was equally drenched in sunshine as its predecessor, was another opportunity to test the legs on the hills.
The new day brought more of the longstanding Paragoni out – some with fresh legs – to put the 1904RT riders through their paces.
Paragon’s Austyn Tusler led the women’s ride, instructing riders to attack and organise a chase at key moments, whilst Marcus Bruton led the men in a smooth chaingang to ensure they won the hare and hound competition before the coffee stop at Stan’s Shack in Horsham.
All in, a stunning weekend of Surrey lanes, very lucky sunshine – and a rather exciting kit delivery, of course.
A huge thank you to Norwood Paragon for leading rides, plus Maison du Velo for providing an HQ for the weekend.