Why Race in the Winter? – Holly Seear Spring Cycle Coaching
Last winter within hours of the events being open on Rider HQ, entries for the 4th cat race hosted by Imperial Racing Team at Hillingdon started to fill up. 24 hours later the 1st race for 4th cats was full and word was getting round – enter fast or face disappointment!
So why do people flock to the Imperial Cycles Winter series?
It’s fast and quick so you don’t have to give up the whole weekend to feel like you’ve done something, you can ride there to add to the training and gain kudos in the process.
The series has history with some serious sponsors and has built up a solid following and that adds to the camaraderie; meet up with your team mates and cycling buddies, and get the opportunity to beat them in the process and gain the bragging rights on the Sunday morning ride!
Then there’s the recognition, everyone is placed in the results so you can judge your progress through the winter plus a weekly roundup report.
There are some great prizes, not all of which relate to your finishing position!
The race programme endeavours to cater for as many riders as possible. New 4th cats have their own race so don’t have to ride with the big boys and women have a 4th & 3rd cat race.
British Cycling points are reset at the end of November, so even the December points count toward your 2016 results (assuming you have a full BC racing licence), so you get a head start for 2016 in terms of experience and points.
The circuit is 0.9miles, mostly flat and fast with just enough corners and undulations to make it interesting.
Racing over winter is a great way to keep up the speed work without sitting on your turbo and keep your fitness without putting in so many long, wet, gloomy rides.
If you can race in the cold, sometimes poor conditions, of winter then spring and summer races will seem easier by comparison!
Entries open November 1st, make a note in your diary as they will sell out fast!
Join us on Sunday 8 November for Race Training on the Hillingdon Circuit; Surrey League accredited, ideal for novice 4th and 3rd riders.