Tour of Cambridgeshire to be televised as numbers approach 10,000! 

In an exciting development, the 2017 UCI Tour of Cambridgeshire is to be televised on the BIKE Channel. The Tour of Cambridgeshire is unique in England, combining genuine age related racing with the opportunity for riders of all abilities and experience to take part in a fully closed road cycling event.  The partnership with the BIKE Channel will see extensive coverage of both the Chrono (Time Trial) on Saturday June the 3rd and the Gran Fondo on Sunday June the 4th.

Filippo Ubaldini, CEO of BIKE Channel commented: “The UCI Tour of Cambridgeshire is the perfect event for BIKE Channel fans to be a part of. Age categorised racing across the weekend on closed roads are a must for any road cyclist, and now for the first time, you will be able to see the event on TV. There’s still time to sign up and enter the Tour of Cambridgeshire and maybe even star in our production.”

Tom Caldwell CEO of Golazo Cycling commented “We are delighted to be working with the BIKE Channel to broadcast this major UCI mass participation cycling event in the UK. The Tour of Cambridgeshire is now in its third year, with a world record size field for the time trial and a huge field for the Gran Fondo, we are so happy that the BIKE Channel will broadcast this amazing festival of cycling. It will be a real bonus for our riders, sponsors and partners to bring this event to a whole new audience. It is not too late to enter The Tour of Cambridgeshire or our sister event The Tour of Ayrshire and I hope to see some of the 10,000 people who will attend, together with sponsors and partners as I relax in front of my TV once it is all over’

For more information or to enter visit

www.golazocycling.com

CAMPING AT CYCLING FESTIVALS

Golazo Cycling is delighted to announce the availability of camping facilities at both the Tour of Ayrshire and the Tour of Cambridgeshire.

Camping at the Tour of Ayrshire is being provided by a local community charity, NETHERTHIRD COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GROUP, who have also arranged for a sports pavilion to be opened for the weekend for access to facilities.  This site has limited availability (approx. 30 motorhomes and 60 tents) and is offered on a first come first served basis.  The camp sites is at Netherthird.  Please email maggiencdg@gmail.com .  This campsite is being run by volunteers in return for donations.

Camping is available at the Tour of Cambridgeshire on site at the Peterborough Arena and Showground.  This is available a t cost of £50 for the weekend.  Camping at ToC can be booked on the registration platform at the time of entry alternatively please contact the enquiries line enquires@tourofcambridgeshire.com

Endura backs the Tour of Ayrshire and Tour of Cambridgeshire Chrono time trial events


Scottish aero clothing specialists sponsor UK closed road time trial qualifying events for the 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships

The closed road time trial events at the UK rounds of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series (UGFWS) have received a boost from Scottish cycle clothing manufacturer Endura.

The Tour of Ayrshire (29 & 30 April) and the Tour of Cambridgeshire (3 & 4 June) Chrono’s will be backed by aero clothing specialists Endura who will be supplying prizes and bringing a few famous faces to the event as well as offering advice and preparation tips in the run up to the events.

Both time trials are qualifying events for the 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships being held in Albi, France between 24 -27 August 2017. The top 25% of the starters in each age gender classification will receive an invitation from the UCI to participate in Albi.

Endura who provide clothing for UCI ProTour team Movistar have invested heavily in R & D in aero clothing with world class riders and aero engineers providing feedback and help with design. This technology is now available to the ordinary club rider and makes them a perfect partner for the Tour of Ayrshire and Tour of Cambridgeshire Chrono events where the closed roads, electronic timing and start finish gantries all add up to the experience of what it is like to ride like a professional.

Ian Young, Endura brand manager, takes up the story; “We’re very pleased to announce our partnership with Golazo Cycling to present the Endura Chrono and Endura Team Chrono at the Tours of Ayrshire and Cambridgeshire. These two outstanding events, as part of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series, represent the next step in mass participation cycling events in the UK and we’re excited to be producing time trial suits for Great Britain’s participants at the 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Albi.”

“We’ve been working in collaboration with Drag2Zero, the leading cycle-sport aerodynamicists, for several years and our time trial suits have notched up victories in major races and national championships with both Movistar Team and Cervélo Bigla as well as two UCI Hour Records on the track. We’ll be producing an exclusive D2Z Encapsulator TT Suit for UCI Gran Fondo World Championships individual time trial qualifiers which we’ll be producing at our cutting edge facility in Scotland.”

Tom Caldwell, CEO Golazo Cycling, is pleased to welcome a Scottish brand to their UK events;

“Endura is a perfect partner for the Chrono and Team Chrono at Golazo Cycling festivals for 2017. They have a superb offering for time trial riders with their R&D and work with Movistar and their world class products are now being made available for amateurs and masters cyclists. The fit with the Chrono and Team Chrono at the Tour of Ayrshire and Tour of Cambridgeshire is ideal; the Chrono events we put on are premium events with closed roads and high production values, the same ethos as Endura products. It is also great to have a Scottish brand with such recognition and prestige as Endura partner with the Tour of Ayrshire Chrono and we’ve yet to reveal which brand ambassador will be helping us…”

“The Endura skinsuits are recognised as amongst the best in the world and we will be announcing a Team GB Masters skinsuit which will be available exclusively for those riders qualifying for the Worlds in Albi. This will give British riders an edge in the heat of battle with the best in the world.”

 

How to ride the Chrono in Ayrshire

 

In our first blog we looked at various aspects of participating and racing effectively in a Time Trial and some tips to help you maximise your performance on the day. In this blog we look at how some of those tips ties into the Tour of Ayrshire that comes up next month in April.

You can check out the course in Golazo site blog and you’ll see it’s a nice rolling course at 11.6 miles/18.7km with 631ft/192m climbing. The course video   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ANGv64uq7o gives you a great view of the type of terrain to expect too.

So looking back at our first blog, two key areas to consider for the ToA Chrono is pacing and equipment. On such a rolling course effective pacing is going to be key to getting a good time. If you head out and hit every rise or ascent at full gas you won’t be hitting your optimal performance for long – you’ll have burnt all your matches in no time! You will need to be focused, choosing when to really push on the power and when to ride within yourself as the course undulates. Of course it’s not all about the upward undulations. When the road falls or descends you need to chase the power and speed as quickly as possible to minimise any time loses.

As the video shows, the course is pretty exposed in places and you can hear the wind! Therefore choosing the right equipment on the day will be key. If it’s a gusty day then you’ll need to chose the right front wheel so you’re putting your efforts into generating power and speed and not fighting to keep the bike going in the right direction! The weather may also have a bearing on the helmet you wear if you have a choice. If you’re the sort of rider who moves their head a lot and it’s gusty then a short tail is probably the favourable option.

Think about your gearing choice too. A rolling course will mean plenty of gear changes so you’ll want to make sure you have the right range of ratios to keep you in your optimum cadence and power ranges and make sure the shifting is as slick as possible. Don’t forget to make sure you’ve charged the battery too if you’re running electronic gearing.

If you can ride the course before the big day then that will be ideal. It will give you the ideal opportunity to test these things out and make sure everything is set right. Of course there is so much more to it, of which we make sure our coached riders are fully prepared for, but get these two areas right and you’ll be in a really strong position to hit your goals on the day.
Be sure to check out our next blog when we’ll look at the Tour of Cambridge route and what else you need to consider. In the meantime if you’re interested in learning more about our coaching service then check us out at www.mattbottrillperformancecoaching.com

Thurlow Nunn partner with Golazo Cyclings Tour of Cambridge

The Tour of Cambridgeshire organised by Golazo Cycling, are pleased to announce their partnership with Thurlow Nunn to provide vehicle support for this year’s tour.

Thurlow Nunn are a family business based in East Anglia who operate a 14 site Vauxhall franchise as well as an agricultural business established in 1875.

From their base in Wisbech Cambs, they will be supporting the Tour with a range of Vauxhall vans, acting as backup and support for both the riders and the organisers. They will also be in attendance at The Expo at The Peterborough Showground displaying the latest in Vauxhall products.

The event takes place on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th June.

Simon Bottomley – CEO for Thurlow Nunn commented –

“ Thurlow Nunn are proud to be supporting the event. Both with the vehicles and with “Team Thurlow Nunn” riding in support of a number of local charities”

Tom Caldwell – CEO for Golazo Cycling commented –

“It is a real pleasure to be working with Thurlow Nunn who are such a well known family business. The Vauxhall vans they are providing are perfectly equipped for both our logistical requirements and for supporting our riders. We are especially delighted that we are able to support the companies endeavors to raise money for local charities through “Team Thurlow Nunn”

Getting Ready for a UGFWS Chrono?

Matt Bottrill shares some insight as a past winner at ToC and 2nd place in the Worlds in Denmark…

Participating in a Time Trial and racing effectively can be a real art. If the Tour of Ayrshire or Cambridge Chrono’s are your first taste of Time Trialling then you’re in for a treat. With closed roads, excellent start/finish area’s and a superb atmosphere it makes for a really great experience.

So why is racing a TT an art? Well, you’re trying to find that fine line of going hard enough to last just until the finish, but not too hard that your pace is unsustainable and you blow up before the end. Remember regardless of how many other racers there are on the road at the time, the beauty of a Time Trial is that it’s just you racing against the clock – plus the course and the conditions that Mother Nature conjures up on the day of course!

At Matt Bottrill Performance Coaching we provide full support to our riders, with detailed race strategies to help maximise their performance and achieve their goals. We do this for all their races whether it’s a local club 10 or season “A race”. For many of our riders the Tour or Ayrshire or Cambridge will be exactly that to qualify for the UCI World Championship event in Albi, France this August.

Obviously we’re not going to give the full game away here, you need to sign up to our excellent coaching for that!, but here are some tips to help you maximise your performance on the day:

Equipment – Assess the course and conditions carefully as this might have a bearing on your equipment choices, be it the depth of your front wheel or the gearing you use on the chainset or cassette.

Warm Up – Have an effective warm up process that you’ve tested in advance and know works for you. These events have excellent warm up areas with turbo trainers. Go with a purpose to prime yourself ready for the race  – don’t just turn up and spin aimlessly.

Nutrition – The races are short so you don’t need to re-fuel during them but effective nutrition prior to the race could be the difference between success or failure. Again have a strategy in place that you’ve tested and know it works for you.

Pacing – Again assess the course and conditions to determine how you will pace the race. Devise a race strategy and stick to it. This might be based on cadence, speed, power or heart rate – or a combination of all or some of them.

Chasing – This ties into the pacing above – don’t get carried away and shoot off at the start too hard chasing other riders. These races have shorter start durations between riders and if you get carried away chasing those in front you’ll effectively end your race before half way. Remember the golden rule of Time Trialling – don’t go off too hard!

Watch out for our future blogs when we’ll cover the race courses in Ayrshire, Cambridge and Albi in more detail, plus more on gear and equipment showing how we leave no stone unturned for our riders here at http://www.mattbottrillperformancecoaching.com

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SCROPS Glasgow SEC This Weekend

The Tour of Ayrshire along with East Ayrshire Council and the ToA Charity Partner, Action Medical Research, have a stand at the Scottish Running, Cycling and Outdoor Pursuits Show (SCROPS …I know!) this weekend at the Glasgow SEC.  We are sponsoring the cycle test track.  If anyone is passing by please call in and say hello.

Malcolm and Charlie

Ride for a good cause…choose one of the Tour of Cambridgeshire Charity Partners

We do recognise that the Tour of Ayrshire and the Tour of Cambridgeshire are not designed as charity events, they are Gran Fondos in their DNA.  The Gran Fondo status however is wholly inclusive and a number of major charities have partnered with Golazo Cycling to offer the festivals to their own stakeholders who have an interest in both the charity and Gran Fondo.  Should it be the case that any entrants into ToC wish to ride ToC …and perhaps the Worlds…for a cause then please consider one of the organisations we have partnered with.

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Cycling To Defeat Dementia

We at Alzheimer’s Research UK would like to invite you to ride as part of our team because, by riding with us, you will be helping to defeat dementia.

Dementia is a devastating condition which too many families are affected by. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this number is expected to rise to over 1 million by 2025. The only way to defeat dementia is through research. Alzheimer’s Research UK powers world class studies, focusing on prevention, diagnosis and developing much-needed treatments. However, these can only continue with funding.

We rely on generous fundraisers and donors to power our research. If you would like to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK while completing the Tour of Cambridgeshire, simply click here to sign up.

Together we can defeat dementia.

www.alzheimersresearchuk.org

Atlas Foundation

The ATLAS Foundation was founded by Jason Leonard OBE and works through a global network of Rugby Champions to support projects that use rugby to improve the lives of some of the poorest people on earth. Through rugby based projects ATLAS feeds, clothes and educates as well as giving the fun, friendship and respect that only rugby can provide.  In 2016 we raised £200k and pledged support of £150k to 12 projects across Europe, Africa and Asia.

To ride ToC for Atlas email : cycling@atlasfrc.org

Cancer Research UK

We’re the only ones fighting over 200 cancers – including the one that matters the most to you. Our life-saving work is funded entirely by the generosity of our supporters, so every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound, and every rider. Today, one in two people now survive cancer; we want to get to three in four within the next 20 years.

Together we’ve achieved so much, join our team today and we will beat cancer sooner.

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/find-an-event/2017-tour-of-cambridgeshire

Macmillan

Ride for Macmillan and make sure no one faces cancer alone. 1 in 2 of us will be affected by cancer by 2030, and we urgently need your help to make sure we can reach out to and support as many people as possible.

And if you raise over £300 you will get one of our exclusive #teammacmillan cycling jerseys!

Join us now: macmillan.org.uk/tourofcambridgeshire

Set up a JustGiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising-page/creation/?cid=2116&eid=3926975

Prostate Cancer UK

Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer. Through shifting the science over the next 10 years to focus on radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and support, we will stop prostate cancer being a killer. Raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK and we’ll look after you all the way, including dedicated training support and one of our exclusive cycling jerseys when you raise over £200.

The link to our landing page is here.

Prostate Cancer UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1005541) and in Scotland (SC039332). Registered company 02653887.

Sue Ryder – Thorpe Hall

Just £100 could pay for a Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice nurse for a day, a nurse who will provide incredible care to people like Alison and her husband George.

“When George was admitted to Thorpe Hall it was like a weight had been lifted. I didn’t know the best way to care for George but the staff at Thorpe Hall did which meant I could be his wife. That gave me the time I needed to tell George everything he meant to me and thank him for everything he had given me. When the end came, although it was the worst time of my life, George had a beautiful end.”

Thorpe Hall Hospice cares for patients aged 16 and over from across the region both at the hospice in Peterborough and across the region through Thorpe Hall Hospice at Home, befriending and family support services. To do that the hospice has to fundraise £1.5million every year. Join #TeamIncredible at the Tour of Cambridgeshire and help people like Alison and George.

http://www.sueryder.org/get-involved/events/all-events/2017/june/tour-of-cambridgeshire-2017?gclid=CLHTl7nGtdICFS4W0wodIA4FuA

 

 

Warm Up Events for the Tour of Ayrshire

 

Over the next few weeks we will be proposing a number of warm up events in Scotland and the North of England to get you ready for the Tour of Ayrshire.  The events are Sportive and non-competitive but they go the distance and offer a great way to finetune preparation for the Tour of Ayrshire Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo.  The first of our featured events is the weekend before ToA and is happening locally taking in similar terrain to that which the riders will experience on 30th April.

 

April 23rd – Pedal in the Park

Castle Semple Visitor Centre in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire

Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park along with Ride 63 Community Cycling Club is again hosting ‘Pedal the Park’ a challenging 100km road cycling sportive around the stunning scenery of Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and North Ayrshire. The event is again supporting CLIC Sargent by donating a third of all entry fees to help children with cancer in the local area.

The sportive is a non-competitive road cycling event where individuals can challenge themselves and join the camaraderie of other cyclists sharing the experience. Now in its third year and following a 100% increase in participant numbers from year 1-2, organisers are hoping year 3 will reach around 300 cyclists. This would mean a charity donation of £1500, beating last year’s £1210 donation.

Leaving from Castle Semple Visitor Centre in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, the route is expected to roughly follow the Regional Park’s 108 square mile boundary and features 2 challenging climbs, one out of Greenock up the Shielhill Glen Road and the other is up over the Dalry Moor Road.

Online entry for Pedal the Park is through British Cycling and costs just £15. You can also download and complete an entry form from the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park website – www.clydemuirshiel.co.uk/downloads. You must complete this and pay at Castle Semple Visitor Centre in advance of the event. There are over 160 riders signed up so far with over 2 months to go.

Entry also includes a cycling goody bag with medal and food station supplies. The food station will again be at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park’s Greenock Cut Visitor Centre and will have some mechanical support as well as all important toilet breaks!