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Dear reader

Steve here on newsletter duty this week and it's another late one. Some of you will have already been out on a ride this weekend and most of you will be getting your beauty sleep before tomorrow's adventures, but I thought I'd take a few moments to get in touch anyway.

Club Meeting

This Monday evening we have our next club committee meeting - see the website for details. Hopefully all committee members will be there and anyone that's interested in helping run the club can turn up and have their voice heard.
We put out a questionnaire recently about how you'd like to stay in touch with each other and discuss club events etc - as well as first aid training. If you haven't yet - please fill it in:
https://goo.gl/forms/zozADs1INLvfPSiN2

The Pros

The Spring Classics are well and truly underway - with the the team in blue - not Avanti - but the Belgian Classics masters Quick Step dominating. A crack(ed) team from Avanti took part in the Tour of Flanders last weekend - it marked our Chairman Chris Dines' 10th year in a row and my 5th. We had a lot of fun - more relaxed than previous years. The racing though was quite amazing - and it's interesting to see the crowds and facilities at the top of the Oude Kwaremont getting bigger and bigger every year.
Both the men's and the women's races were amazing to watch and stunning attacks from Dutch riders in both secured the victory.
It's Paris-Roubaix tomorrow and you can watch every minute of the race on Eurosport - the Hell of the North is one of the most watchable cycling events.
Here's a great video if you're not familiar with it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWNUq4ThFTk
What was most amazing, for me, has been watching the performance of world cyclocross champ - Wout van Aert - in the classics so far. Inspirational to say the least!

Here are a few pics of the Avanti Flanders weekend to give you a taster...
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New Members

Welcome to new club member Uthiresh Narayanan - see you at the G soon.

Time Trial Season

Last weekend saw the start of our interclub time trial season. I haven't seen any write-ups on the website yet - but I saw at least one rider on Strava - so I think it went ahead. Look forward to seeing the results.
It was the April Fool's TT - held in March - so it might be a joke for all I know!
Our in-house TT stats boffins will be aiming to improve the data crunching facilities on the website this year - keep your peepers peeled for that.
The next TT is on April 26th - and we're hosting it - so helpers and riders needed - see the website for info. For anyone thinking it's not for them - everyone earns a point for the interclub - and last year we were only beaten by a handful of points - so get yourself out there.
There are several of us taking part in open TTs too, now that the club is affiliated again with KCA and ECCA. See the group on the website and our whatsapp group for more info. The next open that we're taking part in is next Sunday - at 25 miler hosted by KCA in South Kent. Good luck to everyone taking part! (I'm one - and only about to have my first spin out on my TT bike this year tomorrow)

Training

Some of you will know that I do various kinds of off-bike training - it's important to keep a balanced approach to training as if you only ride a bike then you'll get very good at it but get worse at other things that can be helpful in life. Posture can suffer, as can bone-density and upper-body muscle tone. I won't go into the details here but you can help by doing things like racquet sports, swimming, yoga, martial arts, pilates.
With any kind of training on or off the bike - it's important to listen to your body and the tell-tale signs that it needs to rest. If you push and push yourself all the time you'll set yourself up for a fall. I read this useful article on the topic of Autoregulation during the week: https://gmb.io/workout-autoregulation/ - worth a read if you ever think about how you train over time.
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Club Rides

From the write-up the Saturday ride looked like fun - the weather was mostly fine today.
Sunday we've got a G2 ride led by Chris Dines, G3 by Ian Soper to Grain, G4 to Cyclopark and several club members taking part in the charity sportive - The Fool's Errand.
Good luck to everyone on the sportive and stay safe out on the club rides.
Now that the evenings are lighter there are Tuesday rides again after work - see the website for more info.
Enjoy the longer days and warmer weather
Steve
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