All your questions answered !

BY IN Exercise Institute News, Women's Cycling News On February 21, 2017

Stepping into the unknown and joining a new cycling group is often a very daunting experience for many people. Please see the questions that women ask us about joining our cycle training group.  For information about our training programs for women and any other questions you might have, please contact us on 0403 953 162 or womencycling@bradhall.com.au.

See you on the road!

FAQs

What if I cannot attend all the sessions?

Thats ok, we understand everyone is busy with work and family commitments. You can book your indoor session at any time to suit you. You can also talk to one of our helpful coaches who can help you with an alternative on road training session to complete in your own time.

What if I am not very fast?

Our interval training sessions on a Wednesday and Saturday are not speed based. They are structured so that everyone can complete the workout according to their current fitness levels. There are regroup points and a route published prior to the training session. Coaches will advise when you are most suited to the Friday Group Ride.

Will I get dropped?

The Wednesday group training session is structured so that everyone gets a workout and the training session is entirely conducted within Kings Park. Whilst we do our very best to ensure everyone maintains contact with the group, sometimes on the rare occasion it does happen due to the nature of the dynamics within group of cyclists. But we make sure we always meet for coffee!

Will there be women faster than me?

Simply, yes. There is always someone faster than the fastest person and this could be for a variety of reasons that are not related to an individuals ability or lack of. As our program is not based on speed, this should not matter in the instance of interval training (a stronger person will complete 5 compared to a newer rider who may complete 4). We also hope that through our program we will instil a level of confidence and reassurance in every rider so that speed should not matter.

But I do not know how to use my gears?

We will teach you! Part of our training is skills and technique based. So we will teach you the appropriate gear selection for particular terrain (hills or flats), environmental conditions (tailwind/headwind) and riding type (short and fast or long and steady). We can also advise on appropriate gear setup for your individual goals.

I do not use cleats, can I still join?

Yes of course. We would rather you join the program feeling comfortable rather than put yourself at risk with equipment that you are not accustomed too. We will also help you overcome your fear of cleats when you are ready. Cleats will benefit your riding and are well worth the effort.

I haven’t ridden in a group before, is this ok?

Yes, as our interval sessions are not “group rides”, but we will incorporate some group riding skills in our training session and we will introduce these elements to the training session gradually to ensure the safety of all riders. We have experienced coaches and riders to help you through all our longer group rides.

Do I need to bring my own bike for the indoor session?

No, you can book online with one of our stationary bikes. The workout is similar, and is personal preference and convenience. All pedals are provided. There are change facilities, but not showers. Street parking is available (at a cost between 8.00am and 6.00pm).

I do not like riding in traffic or on the road?

Many people are unsure of the safety of riding on the road. This is why our Wednesday ON Road Group Training is based in Kings Park in the early mornings. Although early, it provides a largely traffic free environment. Our Friday Ride and Hills Ride do encounter the more busier roads but again, the early start times means we avoid peak hour traffic. Our coaches and our training sessions will introduce you to some skills and knowledge to help you deal with traffic. All our training sessions obey the road rules and we intend to adhere to the WestCycle Code of Conduct for cyclists on the road.

I am not a member of a club or BWA or Cycling Australia?

You do not need to be a member of a club to train with us, but we recommend you take out insurance with Cycling Australia to provide you with personal insurance cover whilst riding and training. Personal health insurance is also recommended. For information about membership and insurance please contact us (and will also be a subject of discussion at one of our informal social evenings).

What if I do not have a road bike?

You will be able to complete your indoor training at the Exercise Institute but we require all riders to have a road bike, due to your safety, enjoyment and others enjoyment on our rides.

Are there any age restrictions?

The age of our athletes ranges from 13 – 70 years of age! Our coaches are also accredited with a Working With Children Check.

What do I need to bring?

For On Road Session – bike, helmet, water bottle, spare tubes/repair kit, pump, lights, money for coffee
For Indoor Training – bike (if chosen), water bottle, towel, shoes and lycra/active wear

How long do the training sessions go for?

Midweek On Road Sessions – 75 – 90 minutes plus coffee
Weekend On Road Hills Training – 3 – 3.5 hours plus coffee
Indoor Training – 1 hour

What if I need to leave a training session early?

Thats ok, but please let your coach know so we don’t go looking for you.

What if I get a flat tyre?

Our riders will need to be independent. That is know how to change a tyre or find someone to help you with it! For a flat tyre in Kings Park, the coach will be aware and you can rejoin the training at the next regroup point. For the Friday River Ride and Hills Training Ride, the group will stop to ensure you are ok, and then finish their ride.

Where do you meet for training?

Wednesday – main car park behind Frasers restaurant in Kings Park
Friday – Shell Service Station at cnr Wellington/Thomas Street West Perth
Saturday Hills – front, Raffles Hotel at Canning Bridge

Do I need to book in for all training?

We ask that you book for the Wednesday and Saturday ON Road Training and your Indoor Sessions. This can be done via our online booking system. Riders are also welcome to access any other training sessions should they wish to take it up a notch! We have training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at either Kings Park or the Raffles, and a Wednesday competitive group from West Perth. Talk to one of our coaches about what might suit you.

Who are my coaches?

Coaches from the Exercise Institute will be responsible for the delivery of the program including Shannon Miraglia, Brad Hall and Melissa Robinson. You can also attend other training sessions at an additional cost with experienced and qualified coaches Mark Hedges, Marc Phillip and Luke Ellis. Through our system of coaches and experienced riders across all disciplines, you will gain access to a depth of information, advice and tips on how to further your cycling experience and improve your confidence.

 


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