The Great Belgium Experience
|The 2002 Rond Van Achterberg took place in Belgium as part of our first training camp. A TT over 2 laps of a 3 mile circuit, including a stretch of road that resembled a dry stone wall laid flat. Alex decided that he should assist with the time keeping rather than haul is new slimmed down figure around this demanding course, Ian took on the roll of time keeper and the riders set of at minute intervals along the side of the canal then turned right on to the first cobbled section, then right on to the smooth tarmac for the long section in to the wind followed by another right turn at the local pub for a short cobbled section to the finish. This is just a brief description of the course used, and fuller details about the event will be related by the individuals when they send in thier report of the week spent training inBelgium||
Rond Van Achterberg Result
Tom Smith 17.30
Paul Mason 18.03
Mike Partridge 18.50
Trevor Partridge 19.36
Rachel Ball 19.45
Loyd Thomas 20.30
Osian Meilyer 20.24
Mark Thomas 21.20
a brilliant week
When we were asked to go on the CC Cardiff training camp I must admit I was a bit apprehensive. I couldn't have been far wrong. I can honestly say we had a brilliant time. It was Myles's 10th birthday on the Wednesday so myself Gill and Anne decided to hire bikes and join the others on one of their rides. Gill's children and Chris came along to. We women were by far the better riders. I did knock down a few trees and Anne didn't look anywhere other than ahead in fear of crashing and Gill, well she just showed off the whole way. Bethan was the star of the ride. A future CC Cardiff champion there I think. We rode down to the canal and as the men were tired and needed a break we agreed to stop off at a bar and have a drink and something to eat. They have some strange names for food in Belgium, in particular 'Cream' We stayed for about an hour and then returned to the camp for a well-deserved rest.
We were all talking about our high and low points of the week. One of my highs was definitely the encounter with Dutch lady Gill and I had in the shop. RIGHT!!!!!!!! I can't really say I had a low.
Trevor's high has to be the NUDE, MIXED sauna (say no more) put it this way he was very disappointed at the sauna in Fitness First on Wednesday. Anne had to remind him to keep his clothes on. His low was not finding out about it until the day before we were due home.
Mike's high was the pool and water fights and his low was hitting the floor with such force when he came off.
The training Mike and the others had from Alex was absolutely brilliant. There were some really good rides along the canals and cycle paths. It's a real shame we haven't got the safety they have over there. Mike felt he really gained from training twice a day and Trevor was proud with his once a day effort. I think between Mark and Trevor they did a fair bit of drinking mind you me, Anne and Gill didn't do too bad.
I think we all enjoyed our week together. Paul was a brill with the kids and not a bad cook either from what I can gather. It was good to get to know him, as we only seem to see him zooming pass on the track. Mind you he gave Anne and myself a few scares trying to get his money together for his bike in Holland.
The only downfall was that the week ended so quickly and the blinking awful journey home. We are all looking forward to a repeat performance next year.
Thanks Anne for organizing it and thanks Alex for the excellent training.
Boy Slim? Highs in a Low Country
I just say that 4 days in bed recovering from post-viral fatigue which
meant I missed Herne Hill and no training for 10 days does not ideal training
camp preparation make. I hadn't been too sure either how I'd fit in as
I was neither a parent nor a teenage rider. Marilyn Manson cds and reading
"Preparing Yourself For Your Child's Adolescence" could have
been the order of the day.