Porton, Winterslow, Dean Loop

Out of Five Rivers and up Castle road, turn right at the old castle and through Ford, then the Winterbournes to Porton (Take care going down to the cross roads in Porton)

From Porton, go right, over Porton Range to the A30. A left and right to go up Clough Lane into Winterslow. Down the hill, then right into Weston Lane, and right again to go past the church in West winterslow to the windmill crossroads.

Left at the windmill crossroads, into Pitton, then left to go over White hill to Farley and East Grimstead, following the road around to West Dean, At the top of Moody’s hill turn right, over to West Grimstead, then through Whaddon and Alderbury back in to Salisbury. 

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Amesbury Loop Plus

5Rs, Woodford Valley, Great Durnford, Amesbury, Upper Woodford, mile hill over to Gt Wishford, then back to Salisbury via Quidhampton.

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Alderbury, Winterslow, Porton, High Post Loop

Salisbury to Alderbury. After crossing the A36 at the top of the first climb turn left to Pitton. Right at the cross roads in Pitton all the way along past the windmill to cross the A30. Over the range, Gomeldon Rd climb, then right at Winterbourne. Left at the roundabout, then a short stretch along the Portway before turning right to go up to Highpost. Descend Jubilee then make your way back to Salisbury.

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Broad Chalke Dinton Loop

Five Rivers to Wilton Road, then drop down Ashfield Road to head out to race course hill via Lower Bemerton and Quidhampton. Over race course hill to Broadchalke and then Fifield Bavant. Right at Fifield B to Fovant, then over to Dinton. At Dinton follow the road back to Barford St Martin and then on to Wilton via Burcombe. From Wilton straight back along the main road to Salisbury.

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Pedaling efficiency

Pedaling efficiency is key to ensuring that you get the maximum power from each revolution. A smooth pedaling technique can also reduce the chance of injury to joints and muscles as well as putting less stress on your bike components.

The typical route we use will be a simple route around the woodford valley ( anticlockwise, as per the time trial route, but with a side trip up Mile hill). These exercises can be done almost anywhere though.

The training here isn’t a race, it’s about trying to perfect the technique, so slow things down first, and concentrate to get things right – a speed increase will soon follow 🙂

On the level – Single leg pedaling drills. Without shifting your backside on the seat, unclip one foot from the pedal and with the other leg, spend 30-60sec pedalling in a light gear. Concentrate to maintain a positive force on the pedal to keep the cranks turning in a smooth manner. The goal is to be able to pedal with the one leg for this period of time eliminating “chain slap” and keeping things smooth. Repeat three to five times for 30-60sec on each leg.

On slight downhills – High cadence, in an easy gear, gradually increase your cadence so that for the final 15 seconds you are spinning as fast as you possibly can without your backside bouncing on the seat. From Snakey back to the bridge is a good spot for this.

On slight uphill – Out of the seat pedalling. Efficiency can be increased for out of the seat efforts as well. Standing up gives us the ability to increase torque and power output by utilizing other muscles, although this does result in burning more energy. This can be improved simply through repetition. Whilst out of the seat, concentrate on achieving the perfect rhythm of rocking the bike away from the leg that is pushing down, using your opposing arm to pull up to the leg that is pushing down. Your bike short be rocking underneath you, whilst your body should remain fairly neutral.

On mile hill (or any other suitable medium grade, long hill) – Strength endurance. With your chain in the big ring, ride at your lactate threshold (Z4) with a cadence of 50-60rpm, concentrating on pulling up and over in the second half of each pedal stroke ( i.e. between 10 and 2 on a clock face). Make sure the whole stroke is smooth though.

OneLife iD

OneLife iD are happy to offer all members of SRAMcc a 10% discount on all their ID products. Just use the code SRAMCC10 at the checkout.

Their cycling friendly products are:

Squadra Stealth (Black tag) Adjustable ID band

Freestyle ID band – similar to charity band width with ID tag

MiniTag ID – key ring style tags that can be attached to keys, kit and bike

Both ID bands have been worn throughout the last 2 Tour de France on the wrist of Luke Rowe of Team Sky.

Every ID includes a helmet ICE carrier alert sticker, emergency phone screen for your mobile and the online ID profile to which you can add extra info and documents (great for cycling holidays with insurance policies etc)

Here are some ideas on what to put on an ID:

https://www.onelifeid.com/page/news?id=Info_guide

Andy’s flapjack

This is a recipe that has been asked for many times by people who sample it, as we’ve been cycling together, so I thought I’d put the recipe on here.   It’s based originally on a recipe by John Torode and modified a little as time has gone on.

Ingredients.

  • The “wet” mix ( 500g )
    • 125g butter
    • 125g treacle
    • 125g golden syrup
    • 125g maple syrup
  • The fruit (700g )
    • 600g dried fruit (mix of dried apples, figs, mango, sultanas, raisins, mixed fruit etc.)
    • 100g glacé chopped ginger (to taste – you can just add more dried fruit if you don’t like ginger)
  • 400g porridge oats
  • pinch salt ( to taste )
  • 6 sheets of edible rice paper
  • baking parchment / greaseproof
  • 2 baking trays about 10″ x 7″

Instructions

Melt the butter, treacle, golden syrup and maple syrup in a pan and bring it to the boil. Remove from the heat.

In a mixing bowl, mix all the dried fruit and oats together, then pour in most of the “wet” mix from the pan, mixing well until everything is all wet and sticky.   Keep a small amount (~dessert spoonful) of the “wet” for later.

Line a baking tray with baking parchment (overhanging slightly) and then line the bottom with a layer of rice paper.  Pour in the contents, press down flat.   “Paint” a layer of rice paper with the remaining “wet” for use as glue to stick the rice paper down on top.

Bake at 160 C for 30 mins.

Remove from oven, cover with a second piece or parchment, place a second tray on top and weigh it down, so it presses everything together as it cools.   Leave to cool.

Once cool, take weights off, and remove from the baking tray.   The parchment should gently come away leaving the rice paper firmly stuck to the flapjack (it may need a little careful removal near the edges / corners).

It can then be cut up cleanly into approx 1″ cubes for easy eating on the bike. The rice paper keeps the fingers from getting sticky and can be eaten.  For ease of cutting, I tend to place the flapjack in the freezer for a few hours first, as this makes it good and firm for cutting up.

Store in a standard cake tin, it will last for a couple of months perfectly well … ngfdccx. if you don’t eat it all before then 😉