The 2015 Predict your Time Series is sponsored once again by Liam Rossiter Quality Meats. DCC is grateful to Liam, and requests members, as always, to support the sponsor where possible.
The format of the series for 2015 has been discussed and agreed by the committee, This year, we are introducing some changes, outlined here.
- The series will commence on Wednesday, April 15th and operate for 3 Wednesdays
- The series will continue for a further 3 Wednesdays later in the summer following the Summer Series
- ALL members will be able to participate, irrespective of licence type
- There will be NO weekly prizes, and no sign-on fee
- Clocks will not be allowed (or must be covered)
- Drafting WILL be allowed if preferred
- Individual times will not be published
- The time difference between your actual time and your predicted time will be published
- Everyone has an equal chance of winning
- 3 routes have been selected:
- April 15th: Dungarvan to Cappoquin, on main N72
- April 22nd; Dungarvan to Stradbally, via Durrow
- April 29th: Dungarvan to Ardmore, via Old Parish
Here’s how we have planned out each Wednesday…
Groups will assemble at Kilrush, sign on and inform the organisers of your predicted time; then cycle (in groups or in mixed-groups) to a point on the outward section, to be announced the week before the “spin”. Here, there will be a Time-Trial (varying each week; 5k, 10k, perhaps longer or shorter depending on feedback. Following the time-Trial section, (which will conveniently be within striking distance of a coffee or ice-cream location), groups will return to Dungarvan as they wish, fast or slow. It is hoped that faster cyclists might take the opportunity to mix it with some slower cyclists by way of a social spin, but it will not be imposed. The thinking behind the plan is that “club spirit”, (that elusive missing-link mentioned at the 2014 AGM) will be fostered enormously by faster cyclists remembering that they might not always have been in such a position. It is also felt that some cyclists do not actually know cyclists in other groups, and this may be a way to get someone to buy you an ice-cream in return for your “sociability”.
Despite the above, we understand also that “competitive cyclists must train smart“, and with many other commitments, if midweek cycling time is very limited, then it’s only fair to mention that you cycle fast if that’s what’s required. We only ask that you consider the options.
It is our intention to make this a real fun event. Do consider joining in please. It’s YOUR club, and with your help, it will be BETTER. Further details between now and the 15th…
A similar 3-week conclusion to the series will take place after the summer series, if the initial three weeks proves popular.