The Bugle | Blast 342

Friday 6th July 2018
Training Edition



“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle” – Ernest Hemingway


Pete R and myself ride about 7 miles to the start. A couple of weeks ago Brian rode around 300 but this week we had a bloke who had travelled from 600km south of Tokyo to join our Sunday Ride. Well he didn't pedal all the way and he was also attending a re-union at the German University where he studied - but it was really nice and a great surprise to see Ironman Yoshi again. 

A member for many years but just the same behind his newly acquired beard.



A fair number in our club don't flinch at spending a couple of grand on a bike. But would you spend another grand making it go faster - or rather train you to up you wattage and endurance?

The Rolls-Royce in trainers must be the Wahoo KICKR. Wahoo is the coming company in cycling fitness from trainers to computers. The KICKR offers all the data you could ever need from your turbo trainer to help bring it all together.

Read a review here:

Yep, but wouldn't it be better out on the road? Well you can couple it to Zwift which is a virtual reality app and hit Europe's greatest climbs.

You can get started for not a lot. £110 according to this video also br which also shows Zwift in action:


Remember Chris Froome's volcanic winning Stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia?

Being fit or even fitter than other cyclists is no longer enough. This week Team Sky released details of how they fuelled Chris to the podium.

Its a bit like the Anerley Freewheel downhill. You want plenty of weight on the descent but not on that little hump at the end. Team Sky did just that on the stage making him lighter for the final climb without bonking.

Its all down to fine tuning calories in against calories out and knowing just how many calories are needed when. Read this remarkably detailed report on the BBC Sports website:



A majority of parents think so. Not every kid is going to be a racer but more cycling is one of the ways the government aims to clean our cities and meet its CO2 targets (oh, and reduce the burden on the NHS).

Even the Daily Mail is on board this campaign and the link up between Halfords and the Bikeability Trust - even if a non-unexpected section of their readers are not entirely convinced in the comments at the bottom of this page:



Bikeability Summer Holiday, 2018, Free - Bikes available to borrow.

Courses for Beginners and Level 1-3 at the Croydon Arena  you know where that is after our Charity Ride last Saturday) during August. Also at Woodcote High. 

The kids may grow up and drawing pensions before the government gets its act together! Details:



Anerley Charity Ride Saturday 30th June: These three novice riders set out on a collection of John D's bikes to cycle 25 mles to Biggin Hill and back. It took around 7 hours! The Anerley riders did it a little more quickly:


Saturday 30th June: At the same time the Saturday off-roaders headed to Farthing Down and on to Nortdowns Way:

Sunday1st July: The official ride went south to Tulleys Farm and the Victory Inn, Staplefield but on the return at Tanhouse Farm collided with Des' ladies ride to Abinger Hammer. Here are the remnants of both rides:



Saturday 7th July: 09:00 Shurguard/501 Brighton Road: Pete S is back on road, this time heading to Horne Golf club for tea stop. An earlier start and a shorter route to ensure we are back in time for a certain football match. Out via Farthing Down, Bletchingly and Outwood. Back via Lingfield, Crowhurst and Tandridge

Sunday 8th July: 09:00 Shurguard/501 Brighton Road: Tom V leads to Painshill and then on to The Anchor at Pyrford.

Tuesday 10th July:
09:30 Shurguard/501 Brighton Road: 'A' Faster Ride: Tom V to Horne Golf Club
10:00 Shurguard/501 Brighton Road: 'B' Slower Ride: John D to Horne Golf Club

Thursday 12th July: 10:00 Shurguard/501 Brighton Road: Mark H leads.



It's cycling time at Lidl again. Not much exciting this week - except possibly this ladies top @ £6.99 and lots of mits for £3.99. Full range here:

Happy Cycling!