Author Archives: David Prout

Club funding policy 

As a club, we occasionally get asked if we would help club members gain professional coaching qualifications.

We have recently updated the process for applying for funding to make it more transparent to club members and to ensure the club gains benefit from such funding.

The process for applying for funding is set out in the document below if you feel having read the process that you could be eligible, you can ask for an application form via Pat Garland using the club email address –

It’s also worth noting that other professional organisations offer funding to club volunteers where appropriate (British Cycling for example), so it may be worth exploring these options as well.

Open water swimming training

Open water swimming training at Clevedon Marine Lake

Held by our swimming coach Jax, these sessions will all take place on a Sunday afternoon from 5.00-6.00 pm on the following dates when the tide times work and there should be space on the lake. However, the lake is free to the public so we cannot guarantee how many will be there on the day. The sessions provided the elements provide for a safe environment  to swim in.  
April 23rd 
May 21st
 June 25th 
 July 30th
Sept 10th 
Oct 8th

The sessions will be progressive and the first one will be more out of the water (so don’t be put off by the fact its in April) to discuss the effects that cold water has on our body, with a special guest who is an experienced cold and open water swimmer. 
These sessions are not endurance or interval training sessions. They will cover anxieties, the changed environment , cold water, wet suits, entry and exit, sighting, turning, and more.

If you would like to attend, please add your name to the doodle poll below. You can come to any number or all of the sessions. Places will be on a first come first served basis. 

Club kit order is now live

The spring kit order is now live and will be open until midnight 8th March. Just use the order system like a normal web page, select the items you want then proceed to checkout and pay. With regards to delivery address, please enter your own so the kit is delivered directly to your door.

Follow the link

You will need to enter a password to to access the site.  Password – pactri17

New items this time including orange cycling tops for better visibility.

Cycling coaching session, 22nd October 2016

Pacing, Time Trial, cornering at speed

Learning how to sustain an even pace, start and finish a Time Trial and take those corners safely at speed. The session starts at 8.00am and will be two hours long. We will meet at Mike’s Bikes and have an hour on the training area near there and then an hour ride practicing the techniques. Learning how to sustain an even pace, start and finish a Time Trial and take those corners safely at speed. 

Cycling skills training

Following on from the first cycling training day (17th January), there will be a couple of further 2 hour sessions on 31st January and 14th February. These sessions will cover Climbing, descending, gear selection, bike handling, mounting and dismounting, pedalling and manipulating points of contact. The last session will also take into account a revision of lesson one.

To book a place there are two doodle polls, places are limited to 12 for each session.
31st Jan session
14th Feb session

All will be subject to weather but fingers crossed as nobody knows what it will do this winter! Unless you hear any differently the meeting place will be at Mike’s Bikes in Portishead as he will open up for us to allow a warm introduction and final review. The activity will take place within Harbourmead just around the corner.
Anyone attending has to complete the attached Rider Consent Form. Can you either send them to Peter by email  or bring on the day as this is a British Cycling requirement for insurance etc.

Click here for the consent form RiderInfoCoachingConsent-040914

Any questions please let Pete know.

Members only training time trial and climb

Kev has been working hard behind the scenes to organise a members only time trial on Sunday 25th October.
The event will be chip timed thanks to Dave Bray who owns  an Event Timing company helped by Jim Cahill. We can replace lost energy and dissect the event over Coffee and cake at the Costa on the Marina in Portishead.
Due to Dave Bray’s generosity the cost of the event is free to members, thank you from us all for the help Dave.
This is an event for everyone in  the club. If you are more a social rider please don’t be put off. Slower riders wont finish last as they start generally before the quickies and as we set off at 1 minute intervals the last riders cant catch everyone.
  • Start Time 9 am
  • Registration from 8.40
  • Briefing 8.55
The route is  a near-double circuit of the coast road, Walton in Gordano, Valley Road, Coast road. The route is shown on the map my ride link below
Distance 10.15 miles
The Hill climb up Valley road will also be timed on both circuits. The top of the climb will be approx 30 m before the roundabout
TWO volunteers please to man the timing equipment for the Hill climb. Other volunteers are welcome to help marshal too.
Start: Approx half way along Coast road at the entrance to the bridleway leading to Walton Common
Finish. About half a mile before the start point, 20 meters after the turn to Chalcombe Farm.
To enter the event please register via the doodle link