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Magazine Archive

On the 19th November 2009 the JWCC website was moved to a new server. With it was an attempt to carry across as much of the archived material as possible. Part of this material was the original Magazine Archive up to 2003. Unfortunately the links in the items are no longer valid - Kenny Steele 19-11-2009
Magazine Section item Number 241 entered by Iain Lang
On 10th October 2003, the Magazine was closed; all newer material can now be found in the active Bulletin Board - The Bunch.
Magazine Section item Number 233 entered by Paul Mcskimming
I don't know how to access the sunday run part of our site. On a changeable looking morning, an undecided bunch(11 strong)set off in the direction of"well lets head that way then". Not before one of us were despatched to fetch a spoke key to re-torque 2\3 of Jim B's spokes,that had the same tension as cooked spagetti. After around 10 pedal strokes the bunch split due to pick and shovel. Some of us elected to ride over the newly laid tar,worrying about sinkage(no wallet jokes please)or tar spots on good wheels.The sensible half waited for green.Was it because of our Police service members? After regroupment up Bowfield Sharon made her excuses.Something about not wanting to rip our legs off so she headed off in search of a tougher challenge. We spelled about uneventfully through Gateside then turning right before Barmill towards Kilwinning. Heavy traffic greeted us on arrival at the Irvine bypass r\about. 2 or 3 at a time we gained the other side and were now rolling on towards Stevenson. Plenty of deep lungfulls of sea air were to be had as we sight see'd through Saltcoats,Ardrossan and Seamill.Or was it JWCC who were the main attraction.By the look on the locals faces i'd say yes. After Seamill a right was sought.The 1st suggestion was a dead end"naw no that wan,the nixt yin" A nasty we hill had us out the saddle into West Kilbride. "Are we all together?". "No,where's Neil?".A trundle round the station car park as we waited to regroup.A search party wheeled away while 3 of us waited.A bit of an Ayrshire standoff followed as we waited for them and likewise they....... Thinking it had degenerated into an APR joke we set off.On rounding a corner we were greeted by the rest of the bunch and Davy Weir getting his leg flesh out to gasps from local church goers. After refuelling and no takers on Stevie's suggestion of the Fairley Moor rd we were off again making for Dalry.Power house Stevie towing us along prompted Alan K to the front to have a word in his shell like.Something like ##$**!!~ ease up. Good surface and a fast decent into Dalry with Sean and Dougie heading the charge. Steady tempo to Kilbirnie and Lochwinnoch with longing looks at the Junction Cafe from some of it's regular patrons.Still,we had the Jonshill prime to attend to.Again Stevie doing long turns on the front with some of our willier members doing an intelligent bit of half wheeling.Tail up Paul was off the front only for Sean,Dougie and Jim (in that order) to waltz past and take the prime.Big ring indeed,Tuesday today,I'm still paying the price. Another speedy decent to Howood, legs baulking at the idea of the 30 mile sign sprint.No competition again it was Sean,Dougie and Jim. A smashin 50 in the bank with good company . Thanks guys. Paul.
Magazine Section item Number 232 entered by Iain Lang
The following was posted to a North American cycling List I subscribe to by a Mr Joe Keenen.
Is this how IronMan and DaveTheTrike feel? I think we should be told....
 PBP is called a long endurance event and that made me think that PBP is like a marriage or a relationship, another long endurance event. Right now I'm past the infatuation and dating stages and getting that comfortable feeling about where this is going. So much so that I'm looking at engagement plans: Which airline? Which hotel? How big a ring do I want to get?
And the process?
The Infatuation
Something catches your eye, piques your interest and sets your heart a-flutter. Similar to the warmth spreading through your loins when you first set eyes on your heart's desire, your quads start screaming "Yes!! Oh Yes!!!". That's how I felt when I first read about PBP: Rushes of adreneline and this strange infatuation. Love or lust at first sight. I'm not sure which. And of course there are your friends and family who look at you and say "Are you crazy? You sure you want to make that commitment?" "Are you sure you want to get involved with HER?" "Do you know what this is going to do to you??"
The Dating
To find out if she or he is right for you, the dating ritual takes place. In this case, the dates are "brevets" and just like dates they get longer and longer - you spend more time together. They take place in different settings to make sure you're compatible with what could be. They test you, similar to what happens on dates: "How will she like this?" "What will he think of this place?" "Will she like what I've planned?" "Will we get along over the long haul?" And you find out what works for you on dates: The clothes you wear. Where and when to dine. What transportation to use. What to take with you. Am I prepared? (Umm, no comments, folks. This might be the first date.)
Going Steady -The Relationship Strengthens
(Side comment: Going steady is a '60s term. Yes I went steady in the '60s. And yes, Thomas Wolfe, I was there and I do remember them. What's in vogue today? "Meet my significant other?" "Meet my significant same?" ) I digress. What happens is that you become comfortable with each other. And with PBP after numerous dates (brevets) you become comfortable. The everyday things become second nature and effortless. A 15-mile ride becomes as easy as a good night telephone call. A 25-mile ride is as simple as holding hands on a walk. A 50-mile ride is as comfortable as an intimate hug. A century feels as good as.... well... you get the idea.
Complacency and Taking For Granted
In every relationship it happens at one time or another. Often unintended. When this happens the relationship gets tested: Will it endure? After qualifying for PBP, I found myself at the "take it for granted" phase. I started getting this lackadaisical, too comfortable feeling and I wasn't working at the "relationship". Wake up call!! You realize you don't want to lose what you've found. The spark gets renewed or it dies.
The Engagement
You've got to commit. I'm wondering if an engagement ring would be less expensive!! I'm now about to "invest" more into this PBP relationship. I'm shopping for hotels, motels, transportation, clothing, food, spare parts, ad infinitum. Sometimes the proposal comes on a bended knee. After the 600K I recently volunteered at, a lot of the riders came crawling in on their knees. I don't think the feeling was the same.
I've been asked if I want to do this ride. My simple answer "I will".
I guess what I've got to look forward to is the final miles of PBP or the wedding night in Paris. I'm told I'll be exhausted...... but smiling.
"Slow Joe" Keenan.
Magazine Section item Number 231 entered by Ken Macd
APR 12th. June
Two groups came under the starters gun for the second APR of the series. First group comprised of Martin am no fit ( aye right) Mulholland, Alan masterclass Yeoman, Steve Hickey, Declan ( Im a time triallist ) Mccusker and chaperone Darryl Mcgunson. The second group were held for 10 minutes under much protess. They comprised of Mark van Whitehead , Paul Mcd and George the decorator Hamilton.Aileen and Campbell flew past on the tandem on their aclimitation run.
First lap saw Declan struggle on the climbs and he lost the group to continue on his own. Darryl joined the scratch group and Kenny Mac joined the first group.At end of 2nd. lap Kenny waited for scratch group to give them a time check.
During scratch groups second lap Darryl and George blew the group apart sending Paul and Mark out the back. George now solo was chasing down the longmarkers. Gap at top of climb was three and a half minutes. Kenny Mac joined George and gave a few token spells in return for a fast tow round. Paul and Darryl rode round tempo retired from the race.
From the summit finish we could see the race coming to a dramatic finale. George with the longmarkers insight bore down on them. Martin and Alan sensing a victory dug deep into their reserves and gave one last big effort. Martin the angel of the mountains sprinted home in first , followed by Alan at 5 seconds with George a further 5 seconds adrift. Steve Hickey on his first ever club event rode in 45 seconds down for a tremendous result for a first timer.
A great event with the handicapping nearly spot on, Martin Mulholland now moved to scratch group has indicated he wont be at next two events . Alan Yeoman and Steve will be back next week to hopefully move up the leader board. Whilst George hopes for some more assistance to claw back the time gap.
So make a date in your diary for next week,s event.
Magazine Section item Number 230 entered by Darryl Gunson
It was touch and go as to whether we’d make the trip down south - I’d been suffering with a cold and sinus problem all week and was forced to have a week off the bike, missing the Club 10 champs in the process. We decided to go anyway since we could combine a family visit even if I was too ill to race.
Feeling Ok-ish on the Friday I decided that I would ride. The Ken Smith Memorial is the top VETS stage race in the UK. It is professionally run and attracts a high quality field with national champions and even world champions jerseys amongst the bunch. There were two age group races, with mine having a full field of over 60 riders. The race itself consisted of a 4 mile test and a 40 odd mile rr on day 1, and a 65 mile rr on day 2.
I don’t know what the weather was like up here, but on the Saturday in Northhamptonshire it was 80 in the sun. It was bloody hot. I was sweating buckets before I even got on my bike. As soon as I started the test though, it was clear that I wasn’t fully recovered, and the heat did not help matters at all. Still, I caught my 30 sec rider and ended up with 13th out of the 60 odd riders. Not bad I thought, considering, but by now my thoughts were with the prospect of the afternoon stage.
This was to be run off over 3 laps of the same circuit that will be used for the nationals in a few weeks. Very lumpy with a killer sting in the tail. I went to recce the finish and I nearly turned back before I got there cos I didn’t believe that they would try and get a bunch up this track! It was a 39x23 climb up a single lane track, just like Ken McD’s winter runs, with crap all down the middle so you had to stay in lane. Very difficult to pass anyone on the climb. Anyway it wasn’t going to end in a sprint!
Everyone was a bit nervous before the stage and the temp actually got hotter! I decided on a plan of conserving energy and seeing how I felt later, but it was one of those courses where there was very little place to hide because of all the climbing. At least I knew who all the top riders were and therefore went with what seemed the most promising moves, but nothing worked and I was really suffering quite badly. Not to put too fine a point on it, I was cooked; it was too hot and I was still not over the cold. A small group got away and then it was a big charge for everyone to get on the hill. It was quite lively and I settled for just finishing reasonably well. I finished in the top 3rd of the bunch. This left me lying 19th overall on GC, possibly 10th or so for my age. However at this point I had half decided that I wouldn’t be racing the next day, I felt so tired. Anyway, I’d a party to go to that evening!
Well, of course, I didn’t do the sensible thing and Sunday morning saw me back for more. I actually felt a bit better and the weather was a bit cooler too. Again, everyone was a bit tired and nervous, especially since this race was very hilly and long and was just one giant loop. In other words, no one was quite sure exactly what we were facing. Anyway, the racing was fast and furious from the off, with riders, including yours truly, trying to get up the road. All this did though was to wear everyone out! Still the attacking kept up. On the first climb with a prime I was 4th up (captured on Video and soon to be posted on the site as an MPEG) and we put the hammer down over the top, but the group came together. The leader, it has to be said, was riding really well, covering everything himself and also riding tempo on the front to discourage attacks. By this stage I was beginning to feel Ok and so went with a few more promising moves, but to no avail. Again up the second hill prime I was 5th or 6th, but we still couldn’t get a gap. Whilst I was in the bunch I had a quick word with a rider who I knew who had just started riding for one of the top teams and he had a wee route map (like they have in the tour) which indicated that there were 10 or so climbs in the last 10 miles!! Ouch. Remarkably the whole thing stayed together apart from the usual casualties getting tailed off.
The finish was the same as the previous day but this time I felt better and decided to try something. It was difficult though because there were still about 50 riders trying to get to the front spread right across the road. I knew that whoever made it onto the approach to the hill first would pretty much have the thing sewn up, providing they could climb, of course. It was a this point that teamwork came in handy as several riders that I knew were good climbers were being led out by 2 or 3 team mates. The winner of the stage was led out by 2 mates who took him right to the front by way of the grass verge! Unfortunately I was on the outside as they were moving up the inside. Anyway I did what I could and finished 9th on the stage, a few seconds down on the winner, despite cramping up in one leg! My near collapse at the finish was captured on video although after viewing it, I can say that I’m definitely not looking my best!
Anyway, I had to leave before the GC was announced, but I think top 10 age cat. Considering I wasn’t even going to ride I was content with that.
This was a superb event, very well run with a top quality field and for any of you vets or next-year-vets I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Magazine Section item Number 229 entered by Scott Donaldson
01/06/03 // WOSCA 4th cat race, Barrmill
This fantastic sunny race day was shared with 2 other Wheelers, Stephen and Ian.
The course was a bumpy 3 lap / 12 miles per lap circuit around the Ayrshire countryside, with one steeper drag about 400 metres from the finish. Our hearts were heavy that several other Wheelers had been thwarted by bureaucracy in their attempts to join us, hope to catch you guys next time.
The chief official of the day arrived at the community hall earlier with car windows down, pipe band music blaring. This does not mean he's a bad person. But maybe someone could enlighten me on these regulations again, that prevented Paul & Sean from joining us? I'm curious because the eventual winner of this event (I've made an anagram, Kirvan Genny, so as not to spoil the suspense for you guys) seems to have won a race or 2 this year... didn't he get any points last year?
So we're cycling around in glorious sunshine, Stephen and Ian steady in the bunch, me trying to keep out of trouble towards the front, and drifting backwards on the drags. In my travels back and forth I'd noticed 46 being prominent and itching to up the pace, and I pointed him out to Stephen on the second lap as the guy to watch in the sprint. I found out later this was Kenny Girvan, and I sat on his wheel for most of the time, in the absence of any real strategy.
I didn't see much of the other Wheelers (although I was usually passed by Stephen on the steepest drag each lap). The pace was variable, and there were few attempts to break away. One occasion where I found myself off the front of the bunch with another 2 riders was typical - no one had an appetite to dig-in, and the bunch quickly regrouped again.
On the final lap, I had the bright idea to go towards the front for the final steep drag near the finish. Hill work is a definite weakness for me (although I'm no longer as crap as I used to be) so my rationale was to limit the damage on the hill (have a few metres head start on the other guys) and come out of the hill for the sprint finish. Good idea, but at least a dozen guys passed me on the hill, while I was gritting my teeth turning 53-19. When I came over the top I must have been in about 16th place, and in the final sprint maybe pulled it back to 14th. Stephen was close beside me. Ian made a valiant effort, but had to bow out earlier.
We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Hope other racers had as much fun over the weekend.
Magazine Section item Number 228 entered by Darryl Gunson
Whilst most of the club were racing in the National TT today, three of us travelled over to Slamanam for Falkirk CC's road race - Paul McD, Marco Van Whitehead and Darryl (McGunson). The race was advertised as a 60mile RR for 1st to 4th Cats. The circuit was a bit of a mystery though, which wasn't helped by the hand-drawn map we got through the post. Anyway, imagine our surprise when milling around in the car park, intending to ride, was half the Elite Scottish bunch - Tim Allan, Bryan Russell, Mcgarrity, etc, etc.
Anyway, despite the organiser describing the circuit as "a bit lumpy - rolling..." we soon found out that what he should have said was "very hard with a five or so major hills and the rest very 'lumpy' ".
I think all of us would agree that the first lap was brutal and I made the mistake of trying to wheel about with a couple of the top guys - painful, very painful. Cleverly, Paul made a break up one of the climbs to position himself for the inevitable process of shelling out. Myself and Mark rode near the front and then Mark was off the front with Bryan Russell.
Eventually, after much jumping around, a break of 5 elite riders got away and the bunch settled down to chase. Paul, unfortunately was an early casualty (- improper race prep the night before? ) and the next we saw of him he was encouraging us from the road-side. The race really turned into a war of attrition and after three laps the bunch had been halved. This process continued to the finish. At some point Mark decided that discretion was the better part of valour and climbed off. I wasn't so sensible.
To cut to the final lap, I had a few goes off the front with various small groups, and a go on the final climb where with Russell we got the gap but it was no good, the finish was a mile too far. The bunch finished in a sprint. I got 5th in the bunch, making 10th overall.
All in all, a hard but excellent circuit and a good showing for the JWCC jerseys in what was effectively a mini-GP.
Paul MacDonald
First of all well done to van Whitehead and particularly McG for toughing it out in a hard race with the best in Scotland.
The story of my day is part farcical, so might give some a laugh, and part a salutory learning experience.
Bottom line was I pulled over after 6 or 7 miles with a burnt-out chest and had to stand at road-side for a few minutes before being able to ride on.
Guys were coming up who had been shelled even earlier with the lively start and asking if I was ok, and I just said I'd pulled a muscle and would be fine in a minute!!
Basically I'd had a chest problem the past few days with some shivers then burning sensations but went for the positive thinking approach of just not acknowledging it and hoping that this positive approach would result in mind over matter. With hindsight, it turned out to be the denial approach and came home to roost in the first lap line out. So plan now is to stay off bike until Thursday at the very earliest, maintain the positive thinking, just not to the extent of ignoring reality completely.
You'd think having raced for 12 years I'd have more sense... but then you only live once...
Magazine Section item Number 227 entered by Kenny MacDonald
"Standing or Sitting" & "Pedaling Fast or Slow"
The thing about these studies is that you can interpret them in all manner of ways. My advice would be to ask a qualified coach or a good rider about these things, and get advice from as many people as possible. We are all individuals and are complex machines in our own rights. What works for one rider doesn't necessarily work for all, or we could all be Lance Armstrong. By all means, read these articles but take them with a pinch of salt; for every article, I can produce a counter argument which has been printed which gives a different view. The articles in Cycling Weekly at present are as good a piece of coaching literature as I have seen in a long time and are aimed at beginners.
Kenny MacD
Magazine Section item Number 223 entered by Andy MacDonald
Well done Guys, and once again cheers for the support being given.met up with a few at the bird in hand , Stevie Blom, Steve (another newcomer to the club) and Peter "track stand" Abraham for a couple of hours and headed over to westferry over into port Glasgow onto the dual carriageway and down to westferry at this point Stevie Blom decided he would make an attempt to improve his speed and made a cippolini dash for the motorway - we decided to tell him before it was too late .
we headed through Bishopton and onto the Georgetown road and were hit with what can only be described as torrential rain - Stevie Blom at this point worked out why people moan about the lack of mudguards in the winter when he sat on my wheel......!!!!!!
Headed into Johnstone and at this point Stevie and I noticed our fellow cyclist Peter was being attacked by a monster (a black and yellow wheeled creature) had a hold of his shoes and wasn't for letting go !  after promising to keep this mis-hap quiet - oops! sorry, Peter - we all headed off our own separate ways.
all in all a good run and good to see another new member along. Stevie you certainly gave us all a run for our money
Andy "where's the finish" Mac
Magazine Section item Number 222 entered by Jim B
Despite the heavy overnight rain, threats of further showers and as Big Harry says a "strong west south south north easterly" liable to make an appearance at any time, a field of fifty-five riders signed on for this event, held at the well known Westferry course. The club was represented by three riders, namely Sean, Jim B and Andy McD. As we arrived at the race HQ, which was situated at the upper lay-by on the Bishopton road, we were aware of a stiff breeze begining to develop. After the horrible conditions of Wednesday and Thursday we thought "here we go for more of the same". However the good Lord obviously chose to smile on the ugly and we were pleasantly surprised to find that apart from some surface water, conditions were pretty good as we made our respective starts.
Andy McD was first off followed by Jim B who spent the last few minutes before his scheduled start making last minute adjustments to the new steed. These minor adjustments became a minor engineering project and caused a bit of a panic and a late dash for the start line. I would like to have reported that I arrived at the line as cool as a cucumber but the truth of the matter is that due to quick release brakes being left in release position starting official nearly became an R.T.A. statistic.
Having recovered from this minor embarassment and rapidly regaining composure, I looked at my hands to find that my natty JWCC track mitts had mysteriously turned into a pair of good ole oily rubber gloves. I said nothing, the official said nothing, there was no need, the looks said it all. I have never been so glad to hear the "ten to go" call and fortunately everything else went well from there on.
Eight minutes later Sean was away having arrived at the line in a slightly more composed and professional manner.
All of our rides went without any real incident. We all lost a few seconds due to traffic on the Newark roundabout but probably no more than the other riders so no real complaints.
At the finish, the marshalls and timekeepers got together and all results including categories were displayed on a large white board for all to see. This was all done very quickly and efficiently and with good humour. This put the finishing touches to a well-run event.
The first four places were closely contested by the "usual suspects" who were all fairly close to one and other. In fact times are so close at the moment that a bad start, a poor gear change or a slightly slower turn could make the difference between winning and losing between these guys.
1ST - HughJamieson Inverclyde Velo 20.45
2ND - Stevie Monroe, Falkirk RC 21.03
3RD - Davie Gibson, GS Modena 21.19
4th - Sean Gray, Johnstone Wh 21.27
1st - Geo Cowan Glasgow Wh 22.26
2ND - T. May Edinburgh RC 22.29
3RD - Bob Taylor Glasgow Wh 23.42
1ST Lady....
L. Blaney Edinburgh???? 27.32
Andy McD returned with a big improvement on his midweek time with 26.45
Jim B managed to overcome his traumatic start and finished, rubber gloves an' all, with a new PB of 24.07.
Jim B.
Magazine Section item Number 221 entered by Iain Lang
About the "Standing or Sitting" and the "Speed of Pedalling" threads, I found the following some time ago.
It gets easier the oftener you read it but I must confess the first couple of times, my brain began to hurt..
Magazine Section item Number 217 entered by DaveTheTrike
Why fast pedaling makes cyclists more efficient.
Sorry, but 80-85 rpm does not constitute pedalling fast.

Pedalling fast does not mean that you are burning much fat, more than when you are pedalling slowly, but not a lot.

Pedalling slowly uses, ironically, the fast twitch muscles which are anaerobic and the stronger of the two types; they are the sprinter's muscles, and once they are depleted of glycogen that's it, it's going to take a long time to replace.

Pedalling fast uses the slow twitch muscle, they're still burning glycogen but can replace it quickly from that stored in the liver.

I forget how much glycogen is said to be stored in the body, but in practice it's enough to last a good 100 mile time-triallist the entire event. The quickest way of replacing the used glycogen is by eating appropriately. If it was replaced by processing fat stores then no one would suffer from "hunger-knock" and energy drinks would not work.

Another issue that seems to have been forgotten in recent years is that every time a muscle contracts, the blood passing through that muscle's capillaries is squeezed out; relaxing the muscle allows it to refill with blood. Combined with the non-return valves in the blood vessels these effects vastly improve the blood supply to the muscle.
There's nothing for it guys, you'll have to learn to twiddle. Although I don't consciously monitor my pedalling cadence, it is normally on the high side of 100 even at the end of a "24".
Magazine Section item Number 216 entered by DaveTheTrike
Should uphill cyclists stand or sit?
The situation is more complicated than the article suggests, and VO2 ratings on ergonometers are of limited value, "standing on the pedals" is not a very good description of the activity of "honking" and there are several reasons for doing it:
1) - on a long climb it provides a change of position and a different range of muscle movement and so provides a rest for tired muscles;
2) - dancing on the pedals the way the Charlie Gaul or Pantani would provides a much higher power output than sitting down and pedalling, this is due to the effect of virtually throwing your weight at the pedals; the technique also works for providing high acceleration when, for example, making a break in a road race. The price to pay is that energy expenditure is much higher, and
3) - the long distance rider seems to find the need to take his weight off the saddle to allow the blood to circulate to the pressure areas. I'm not sure that it actually does any good even though I do it myself.
But then we all know these things from personal experience, don't we?
Magazine Section item Number 215 entered by Scott Donaldson
Should uphill cyclists stand or sit?
('Seated versus standing cycling in competitive road cyclists', Tanaka et al, Can J Appl Physiol vol 21, pp149-154)
It's common practice for cyclists to stand on the pedals during hill climbs. However, few studies have investigated physiological responses of different body positions for competitive cyclists riding on inclines. Some research has found that cyclists were able to attain a higher VO2max on a cycle ergometer when they were allowed to stand up. In theory, standing may allow cyclists to use an increased muscle mass.
A study reported recently in the Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology investigated the effects of cycling body position on physiological responses during uphill cycling. Seven competitive road cyclists took part, each completing eight different trials, riding his own road-racing bike on an indoor treadmill.
Energy expenditure and heart rate were significantly greater for standing compared with seated cycling when the cyclists rode up a 4% treadmill grade. This trend was not seen, however, during steeper uphill cycling (10% grade). This may be because a change in ergonomics at the higher grade (more pushing and pulling force applied to the handlebars) may have added an additional energy expenditure when sitting, resulting in no difference from the standing position.
Thigh muscle discomfort while climbing is common for competitive cyclists. For the 10% incline, although physiological measures were equivalent for standing and seated positions, cyclists reported a lower perceived exertion for the standing position.
The fact that a higher VO2max was not found for cyclists using a standing position conflicts with some earlier research. However, previous studies have used untrained cyclists - in this case, a lower VO2 max while seated could have reflected undeveloped thigh muscles and relatively low thigh strength which would be compensated for by including more upper body muscular activity (while standing).
The results therefore indicate that for well-trained cyclists climbing moderate or low inclines, a seated position is the most efficient. For high inclines, standing or remaining seated are equivalent for efficiency, but standing just feels better!
('Seated versus standing cycling in competitive road cyclists', Tanaka et al, Can J Appl Physiol vol 21, pp149-154)
So it's all a matter of preference.
Magazine Section item Number 214 entered by Scott Donaldson
Why fast pedaling makes cyclists more efficient.
(European Journal of Applied Physiology, 1992)
Recently, we reported that cyclists are usually more efficient on both hills and flat terrain when they pedal quickly (at about 80-85 rpm) rather than at slower cadences. Now, a new study suggests that the greater efficiency may be related to the rapid rate at which glycogen is depleted in fast-twitch muscle fibres during slow, high-force pedaling.
To determine the actual effects of slow and fast pedaling on leg-muscle cells, scientists at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Wyoming asked eight experienced cyclists to cycle at an intensity of 85% V02max for 30 minutes under two different conditions. In one case the cyclists pedaled their bikes at 50 revolutions per minute (rpm) while using a high gear. In the second case, the athletes pedaled in a low gear at 100 rpm. The athletes were traveling at identical speeds in the two instances, so their leg-muscle contractions were quite forceful at 50 rpm and moderate - but more frequent - at 100 rpm.
As it turned out, the athletes' oxygen consumption rates were nearly identical in the two cases, and heart and breathing rates, total rate of power production, and blood lactate levels were also similar. However, athletes broke down the carbohydrate in their muscles at a greater rate when the 50 rpm strategy was used, while the 100 rpm cadence produced a greater reliance on fat. The greater glycogen depletion at 50 rpm occurred only in fast-twitch muscle cells. Slow-twitch muscle cells lost comparable amounts of their glycogen at 50 and 100 rpm, but fast-twitch cells lost almost 50 per cent of their glycogen at 50 rpm and only 33 per cent at 100 rpm, even though the exercise bouts lasted for 30 minutes in each case.
This rapid loss of carbohydrate in the fast-twitch cells during slow, high-force pedaling probably explains why slow pedaling is less efficient than faster cadences of 80-85 rpm. Basically, as the fast fibres quickly deplete their glycogen during slow, high-strength pedaling, their contractions become less forceful, so more muscle cells must be activated to maintain a particular speed. This activation of a larger number of muscle cells then leads to higher oxygen consumption rates and reduced economy.
This scenario, in which slow pedaling pulls the glycogen out of fast-twitch muscle cells, may sound paradoxical but it isn't; after all, slow pedaling rates are linked with high gears and elevated muscle forces, while fast cadences are associated with low gears and easy muscle contractions. Since fast-twitch fibres are more powerful than slow-twitch cells, the fast twitchers swing into action at slow cadences, when high muscular forces are needed to move the bicycle along rapidly. On the other hand, 'fast' pedaling rates of 80-100 rpm are not too hot for the slow-twitch cells to handle. Slow-twitch cells can contract 80-100 times per minute and can easily cope with the forces required to pedal in low gear.
Another possible paradox in the Wisconsin Wyoming research was that fast pedaling led to greater fat oxidation even though maximal fat burning is usually linked with slow-paced efforts. Basically, the higher fat degradation at 100 rpm occurred because the slow-twitch cells handled the fast-paced, low-force contractions. Slow-twitch fibres are much better fat-burners than their fast-twitch neighbours.
Fortunately, there's a bottom line to all this: during training and competition, cyclists should attempt to use fast pedaling rates of 80-85 rpm, both on the flat and on inclines. Compared to slower cadences, the higher pedaling speeds are more economical and burn more fat during exercise. Ultimately, the high pedaling rates also preserve greater amounts of glycogen in fast-twitch muscle fibres, leading to more explosive 'kicks' to the finish line in closing moments of races. (European Journal of Applied Physiology, 1992)
Thought this would be of interest to club members. So if you find your legs are knackered by the end of long runs, maybe try increasing the average cadence next time (switching the load from legs to cardio) and see if you feel any better by the end! If you feel worse, you've probably had too many beers the night before.
Magazine Section item Number 211 entered by Simon Simpson
On Saturday, Triking Dave Stokes, Campbell Crombie and Simon Simpson were among the 58 attending Tom Hanley's 400KM Ower the Edge Audax.
A great night's sleep in a hall of snoring lads set us up for the 6 a.m. start.
The first 100k over Boreland, Eskdalemuir and Roberton to Selkirk passed like a dream with small bunches forming and cruising, wind-assisted over the hills.
Campbell was heading up in the second group and made Selkirk in around 4 hours. As each of us arrived at Selkirk we had to face what we had always known.......... ahead lay 200km into a headwind to Newton Stewart.
Disaster struck for Campbell as he descended Witchy Knowe (steep single track)..... at 35 mph his rim split! He was lucky to stay upright but, as often happens, even luckier to be with the riders he was with.... one (local-ish) phoned ahead and arranged for a spare wheel to be delivered to Lochmaben about 30 odd miles away. The other helped hold the tyre and tube on the rim with a dozen tie wraps....... they trundled on into the wind.......
Meanwhile Simon spent a few hours crawling along St Mary's Loch at 9 mph alone before being swept up by the ultra-well-organised Velo Club 167 (Darlington?), who had a big presence in the front group also.
At Lochmaben the wheel was delivered.... the headwind on those miles was so severe that the wheel bearing wife had been waiting almost 3 hours at the cafe (so the story goes).
The rest of the day was fairly uneventful; as might have been predicted the howling headwind died down a good deal before we turned.
Campbell rode out of Newton Stewart with a strong group and must have arrived at Beattock a bit before 2 a.m. ( 20 hours), Simon appeared at 3.15 a.m. (21 1/4 hours) and Triking Dave kept a low profile. (When did you arrive?) Fastest riders were in in about 18 hours... it was that kind of day....
As usual, all Tom Hanley's forward planning arrangements were fantastic....... sleepover/breakfast.... spare inner tubes... Selkirk... rolls, tea and fruit cake..... Lochmaben.... good wee cafe who couldn't be too helpful...... Drumlanrig... tea.. sympathy and a doggy bag and, best of all, a 'donate what you like' spread in aid of Macmillan Cancer fund in Newton Stewart where they couldn't help trying to cram more food into you... home made soup.. pasta and sauce... bread... rice pudding... endless bread... rice pudding... stewed rhubarb (I had some of all of those).
53 riders finished...... 5 packed... last rider passed me one mile from the finish at 8.56 am Sunday... so she should have made it......
Amazingly...more amazing than Campbell's rim story was... the Tandem story....
A pair of strong riders on a brand new Longstaff Tandem trashed the pawls on their Hugi hubs on the Glen Kens climb........ the solution? Yes, tie-wraps to their spokes (24 each side) onto the holes in the biggest sprockets... they had to walk some hills but they did the next 80 miles.....
So, a good day was had by all... Tom doesn't run it every year but it's worth riding when he does....
Magazine Section item Number 205 entered by Martin Mulholland

Baby audax: 152Km - 6 hours riding in the rain.
Nine days later I've eventually dried out enough to be able to forward on Simon's account of the day, copied below. I've thrown in a few remarks of my own. I think there’s a 200km on the 1st of June any takers?
A fine day in the wet was had by the three audax novices, Alan Yeoman, Martin Mulholland, Bobby Templeton (Bute Wheeler and Ayrshire boy) and the of course the expert Simon Simpson.
The rest of us had never met Simon (as we discovered he prefers to be called, apparently he only uses the name Jane in emails) but the JWCC bunnets helped identification. That and the fact that we were clearly clueless about pre-audax rituals like signing on and fitting rain capes.
Simon soon sorted us out, explained the route "just head down to Moniaive and then turn round" and we set off towards darkest Ayrshire at the back of a strung-out bunch of around 30 from Ayr Rugby Club.
After an hour or so we caught the leading bunch at the first control, which was the Spar shop in New Cumnock. Now this isn't the sort of place I would normally stop wearing lycra, but we needed that signature on our wee card, and Ayrshire boy Bobby had been coaching us on local pronunciation just in case we fell into enemy hands. Local bears in for their News of the Screws just looked on in amazement.
Then the rolling section down to Drumlanrig began. A game of cat and mouse with Audax Ecosse's own Jimmy Saville began: every time we took the front on a hill, we'd be overtaken beyond the brow by Mr. Saville..... at this point Malliot (and headband) Jaune, riding at a cadence of about 450 and muttering something about people who didn’t ride with mudguards.
Eventually a puncture slowed him down and left the bold four as a breakaway, trundling along beautiful unclassified back roads parallel to the River Nith and the A76 until we came to Drumlanrig Castle where there appeared to be a Veteran Car Rally.... being Philistines we avoided both this and the National Cycle Museum room at Drumlanrig opting to continue staring at the spray shooting off the wheel ahead..... out on the Nith floodplain to Keir Mill we got worried as the wind seemed to give the impression of someone having tightened our hub cones......
As we rolled through Penpont, a local community cyclist tried to join us.....by attempting to ride into us.......We wheeled into the Hen Hoose cafe at Tynron so wet and gritty that we were given sheets of bubble wrap to sit on.
Being in first gave us time to ponder how clean and dry all those civilised later arrivals with mudguards were......
Then the first bit of fun of the day...Tynron hill..it's only about 400 yards long but it does go 200 yards high in that time..... that over, there was the climb out of Moniave.... a long valley drag followed by a sweet drop into Carsphairn and we knew, by then, that howling tailwind would carry the three musketeers (still tete de la course) all the way home......
By the time we hit Ayr Rugby Club again we had 96 miles and since, by this time, we had slipped to 3rd place, we opted to tour Alloway before going in for our stamp, in order to take us through the 100-mile barrier, which two of us hadn't crossed before...... Final time was still what Simon says is a respectable 7 hrs 8 mins (6 hours on the bike).
Then the difficult part you have to sign in!
There was then much mention of Etape de Tour, Paris Brest 2007, etc.....look out world!
A brilliant day despite the weather & mechanicals: SS managed 2 broken spokes and a failed right ergolever @75 miles (not the Shimergo variant)...... good route... good riders. Well done Martin D'etape and Bobby T....... new Century boys.
Next thing you know all Martin will be able to talk about will be Schmidt Dynohubs and how to get his Super Randonneur badge...... (can anyone tell me what Simon is talking about?)
Magazine Section item Number 198 entered by McGunson
Four riders from Scotland - myself, Tom Forbes, Black Boab and Les Muir - travelled down to Northumberland for this LVRC 2-day, 3-stage event. The race consisted of a 4 mile test, a 50mile RR and a 70mile RR on the Sunday. Weather was fine and there was a a good quality field including several ex-pros and world masters medalists.
Tam and I nearly messed things up before we'd begun, arriving late for our start, but luckily the LVRC is a bit more laid back than the BC on these matters and we were duly slotted in a bit later. For the 4 mile test I did a 8.02 which actually left me in 4th place GC and 2nd in my age cat. But we had a RR in the afternoon to contend with. To cut a long story short, it was a very hard day with lots of attacks and eventually 5 men got away. After some frantic wheeling about by those who had an interest, including me and Black Boab, we managed to bring them back to 10 secs. But it was hard work... Anyway after day one I was 5th on GC and 2nd in my age cat.
Everyone knew, however, that the next day's stage would be the decider. Nearly 70 miles on lumpy windy roads with two ascents of the infamous Ryals climb - a mile long two part hill with 1in 6 and 1 in 5 sections.
A break went from the gun and Back Boab was in it. I wasn't, thinking that's a long time to be out there. But the man with most to lose - the overall leader a one Steve Davies (world silver medalist!) - didn't react because he'd two teammates up there. Untill he pointed this out everyone was waiting for him to react, which allowed the break to forge ahead. Still there was a long way to go.
The Ryals was quite simply a killer. But I managed the cut first time up. On the second ascent however, an acceleration over the top had me in no man's land. Just behind what turned out to be the decisive break but well in front of the bunch. Try as a might I couldn't get on and after 3 miles solo chasing the elastic snapped. I waited for a couple of others to join me and this group became the 3rd group on the road. We mopped up a few tail-enders and finished behind the two groups that had almost come together. But with that unfortunate 'snap of the elastic' went my hopes of the podium. Still I was very satisfied with my ride and couldn't have done much more. Tam and I had to scoot off before we got the full results - I'll post them when I get them, but I have to say it was a most excellent couple of days racing and I recommend it to any of you.
Magazine Section item Number 195 entered by Jim B
Following a good performance on Saturdays Eglinton Park 10 the Club's Time Trialling contingent travelled to Blair Drummond today to compete in the SVTTA John Cramb 25 mile handicap. The event was very well organised by Law Wheelers who were rewarded with a field of 75 riders for their efforts. This is one of the season's earliest 25's and attracted a number of riders looking to stretch the legs before the SCU Championship being held later this month.
The yellow, blue and white of Johnstone Wheelers was once again very much in evidence as seven riders warmed up on a very similar morning to the previous day. Once again there was a really nasty wind blowing around a course that provided very little cover but just as on Sat the overhead conditions were reasonable with high cloud and thankfully no rain.
Nine a.m. and the first riders were off. Everyone was having a hard time on the initial stage of the route, the two-mile section known as Packers Lane which was straight into the wind with nowhere to hide. It was a real slog and spinning the wee gears was the order of the day for the majority. On the turn towards Stirling there was a little respite but not much in the way of assistance as the wind was now in the main blowing across the route. Only the further left turn at the first of the series of roundabouts would offer the chance to get the wind behind the riders to provide a bit of a push. This push lasted no more than the time it took to negotiate the short route back onto the Blair Drummond straights where once again it was hard graft. Our squad were off at various times throughout the morning and due to the two lap and additional finish section most of us managed the odd glimpse of one and other through the sweat while on the course. Once again it was great to get a shout of encouragement at such times. As the last of our contingent completed the course it was back to Blair Drummond Hall for times.
Once again the Club was very much to the fore with some respectable times and a large share of the prizes.

1st Hugh Jamieson, Inverclyde Velo, 55.10
2ND Stevie Munroe, Falkirk BC, 55.36
3RD Sean Gray, Johnstone Wheelers, 56.13
4TH Davie Gibson, G.S. Modena, 56.46

IST LADY Katrina Hair, Johnstone Wheelers, 1.03.48 (over one minute ahead of nearest rival)

3RD Place.Harry Lambie, Johnstone Wheelers, 1.07.22

Alison Winship 1.12.42
Elizabeth Clark 1.11.16
Tom Clark 1.04.38
Jim Brogan 1.03.35 (Debut 25 time)

Another excellent day's sport and another string of noteworthy results and performances from our riders. (Well done Steven Leckie as well, sounds like you had a decent ride.)

Cheers Jim B

How do we get some local rag type press coverage organised?
Magazine Section item Number 194 entered by Stephen Leckie
Dundee is quite a distance away (1.5hrs) but I know the road quite well, and since Candice was coming and the weather forecast was good, I decided that we could both make a day of it and it would be worth my while going along to this event.
When we got there it was sunny alright, but the wind was brutal. Not quite the tornado of the mayday gallup, but not far off it either! I was in group 3 of 6 (with ex-wheeler John Houston) and, to cut to the chase, on the 4th lap of 6 we were caught. John and I had been on our own for two laps after the other members of our had group dropped off, and we'd managed to catch and pass all the riders who had set off before us. It had been leg-bending in the wind by ourselves though - I remember thinking it would have been easier to have started in a later group with more guys. A huge group of 20+ swept us up, which quickly fragmented into a leading group (mostly scratch) of 6 or 7 (including John) and a chase group of 4 (including me), followed by the rest of the bunch. Both these groups stayed away till the end - John came back to my group but had to retire with mechanical probs (I know how annoying that is - my wheel fell off in a race earlier this year).
So, 1st group over the line had 6 or 7 guys, 2nd group to finish was mine with 4 guys (with the bunch about 10 secs behind us), so I nabbed 10th or 11th place - will find out which when they post results on the SCU site.
Magazine Section item Number 193 entered by Jim B
I doubt very much if there could have been as much as the slightest of breezes around the Renfrewshire ,Argylshire or Dumfrieshire areas today. Why? you ask. Because every bit of turbulent air in West Central Scotland must have been loitering on the AY4 course at Eglinton Park Ayrshire patiently waiting to blast those who had ventured out to take part in the Fullarton Wheelers 10m TT.
Fifty-five riders including eight from our club had assembled at this venue which despite being windy was at least fairly bright and dry. As usual there were a number of quality riders in the field including Hugh Jamieson, Mark Atkinson and Davy Gibson not to mention our Sean and Katrina who were probably still recovering from their exertions on Thursday night at Westferry. Sean in particular was not feeling 100% and appeared to be suffering from a bit of a cough prior to his start.
After a warm up and some persuasion Pete Bennell and Andy McDonald managed to drag themselves from the relative comfort of the Bike sheds to the line for their early starts. Both returned before the late starters left the warm up area and were able to terrify us with tales of being blown around the road and having to resort to the wee gears to get anywhere at all. (This was a tactic that many of us learned the hard way the previous week riding in similar conditions). Both Sean and Kat were out fairly in the day and both had completed their rides and had returned to race HQ as a few of our intrepid eight were preparing for the off.
While many would have headed straight off the course to the changing rooms they both stayed at the start where in addition to shouts of encouragement they gave us the low down on the conditions and sound advice on how to tackle them. This genuine team spirit is something that is beginning to grow stronger at every event and I've got to say it must be worth a good 10 secs for each of us.
At the end of the event we all gathered at the hall for results which were as follows.......

1ST Mark Atkinson, Velo Ecosse 21.20
2ND Hugh Jamieson, Inverclyde Velo 21.33
3RD Davie Gibson, Glasgow Couriers? 22.24
4TH Sean Gray, Johnstone Wheelers, 22.56

Ladies ......
Only one prize in this category
1ST Katrina Hair, Johnstone Wheelers 26.00 (Well ahead of the competition including many of the male riders.)

Davie Gibson also took 1ST VET.

The rest of us..........

Neil McDougall 32.59 (Struggled with the wind but put in a gutsy and determined effort)

Pete Bennell 28.50 (Pete is currently experimenting with a piece of very flash looking high Tech alloy which he is trying to gel with. Man and machine not yet in perfect harmony but getting closer every week. Watch this space!)

Andy McDonald 28.09 (Did not even come close to falling off and is getting stronger with every outing. Times are constantly improving)

Alison Winship 28.06 (This was our Alison's first Time Trial for a number of years, and despite the fact that she was a bit disappointed with her time it was good enough to make her second lady and would also have left her in a respectable position in the field in general.)

Harry Lambie 26.36 (While not a PB the big man was able to catch Robbie Robertson of Glas RC who had a two min start on him. A strong performance from Harry who finished strongly.)

Jim Brogan 25.57 (Learning something new every week!)

Jim B

P.S Full positions for all riders will appear on SCU WEB in due course.
Magazine Section item Number 192 entered by Kenny Macdonald
Club's eldest member makes a donation
Joe Brunneti recently sold his Flying Scot cycle to Mairi Mitchell. This was good news for Marie who was replacing her Scot which was damaged when she was hit by a car. It was also good news for the Club, as Joe has kindly donated the proceeds from the sale to the Club.
His generosity is warmly appreciated by the Club and its members. So a big thank you to Joe from all our members.
Gang Forward!
Magazine Section item Number 191 entered by John Houston
Message from John Houston an ex-Johnstone Wheeler forwarded on!

I thought you JWCC boys were taking it too easy in group 2! It was a good day out, glad it stayed dry - very hard work.

Like you I (Falkirk BC no 29 in gp2 on Monday) was struggling to hang on during the last lap after working a fair bit early on and became one of the backsliders on the final lap, with nothing at all left in the legs to get onto the scratch group. I knew the chasing groups would be fast and hard to hang onto if they caught us too soon so wanted to make use of the lead we had in gp 2 but alas very few were prepared to work early on due to the wind. Even my words of encouragement were falling on deaf ears....

It was a great turnout, nice to see some Johnstone boys (I had to nip away sharpish as I was working at 2pm!)


ex Johnstone Wheeler (when I was 12...in 1976!)
Magazine Section item Number 190 entered by Stephen Leckie
Scott forgot to mention that the event described in his report was the Falkirk Mayday Gallup. Sorted! Stephen L
Magazine Section item Number 189 entered by Scott Donaldson
Stephen Leckie and I were the JWCC reps at this event; top guy present was probably Prasad Prasad in group 5.
After having our starting group changed from 4 to 2 (we have no shame!) we set off at brisk pace on a basically flat course. Each lap of the 50-mile route was 10 miles, my intention was just to survive as long as possible.
First few laps were uneventful except for the very strong wind and badly eroded road surface in sections, where we caught group 1, and were caught by groups 3 and 4. By the third lap the pace was silly. People were being dropped, and Stephen politely bridged several gaps for me to keep us both in contention. Average pace had increased from 24mph to 27mph, with 40mph+ on straights. I discovered a use for my 53:11 gear, and Stephen observed that the pace was quite fast!
By the final lap we were just hanging on, badly placed near the back and vulnerable to being stranded behind guys dropping off. I managed to bridge several gaps, returning the favour to Stephen.
The experience was becoming very unpleasant as the bunch was being whittled down grand style, trying to keep ahead of the scratch group.
At 43 miles we found ourselves stranded again. I dug in with partial success, Stephen managed to pass and valiantly attempted to bridge the gap before blowing at 42mph. I cheekily passed him, having to reach 47mph before rejoining the group.
I was quite wrecked by this point however, and on encountering the worst part of the course in terms of wind and surface, found myself unable to hang on. I managed to recover shortly after, and sped off reeling in a few stragglers.
Stephen amazingly rejoined me, and we did our best to catch the bunch maybe 30 seconds ahead. We seemed to be gaining, as they were slowing slightly for the finish. At this point, the scratch group sped past, but I'd dug in too much to hang on. Stephen managed a tow for several miles before being dropped too.
A great day out, and a recommended course for TT specialists (flat, although the road surface can be nasty).

Magazine Section item Number 188 entered by George Stewart
Result from Braes of Greenock, by George Stewart
It came to rain this cold May morning on the 'sporty' 19 mile circuit from Blair Drummond across the Deanston Road and over the scenic gentle climb known as the Braes of Greenock from there it was through Ruskie to finish at the steamed up windows of a wee silver Vauxhall.
It was an outstanding win for gentleman Jim Cusick defeating Hugh Jamieson by 65 seconds. Davie Gibson took third place only 18 seconds behind Hugh.

Organiser JJ Harris presented a mass of category prizes. However here is the finish result purely on times.
1 Jim Cusick, Couriers 46.17
2 Hugh Jamieson, Inverclyde Velo 47.22
3 Davie Gibson, GS Modena 47.40
4 Sean Gray, Johnstone Whlrs 47.42
5 Steve Munro Falkirk BC 48.18
6 Andrew Wislon Falkirk BC 50.03
7 Kenny Clark Ivy 50.21
8 Neil McFarlane Falkirk BC 52.40
9 Mark Leddbetter 52.32
10 Dave Nisbet Couriers 53.46
11 Grant MacIntosh Carnoustie 54.44
12 Ian Manson Johnstone Whlrs 57.49
13 Fred Toms Elgin 58.16
14 Jock Milne Denny RC 58.28
15 Kenny McDonald Jonstone Whlrs 58.34
16 Mike MacPherson Velo Sportiv 58.48
17 Craig McGowan Law Whlrs 58.54
18 David Martin Stirling BC 58.56
19 Robert Cooper Law Whlrs 59.12
20 John Watt Royal Albert 59.25
21 Robin Philp Denny RC 59.33
22 J M Reid Nightingale 59.53
23 Ian Binning Denny RC 60.27
24 Peter Bennell Johnstone Whlrs 60.33
25 Harry Lambie Johnstone Whlrs 60.33
26 Lyle Reilly Douglas CC 60.33
27 Jim Parker Glasgow Whlrs 60.37
28 Russel Mayes 61.08
29 Alex Kitson West Highland Whlrs 61.09
30 Good looking girl from Stirling BC 61.55
31 Alan Mc Donald Johnstone Whlrs 63.35
32 James Skinner Royal Albert 63.37
33 Jack Barbour Royal Albert 69.44
Sincerest thanks to all the marshalls, the pusher off, time keeper, recorder, and most of all, the competitors who supported this wee event.
Magazine Section item Number 187 entered by Katrina Hair
The club was well represented at this race with Katrina, Alison, Darryl, Paul and George taking part.
Katrina continued to show the guys how to ride and took 1st Women. Alison continued her path back to full fitness by riding well, but deciding to pack after a lap.
I had been put in the 1st of two groups and made a break as we went onto the high moor road. I and another rider managed to stay away for a complete lap before being caught at roughly the same spot where we originally made our move.
Both Darryl and Paul looked good at this point and I was able to slip into the rear of the group. Paul was sitting in about 6th place and said that we should continually make breaks trying to break things up for Darryl. I felt knackered but made an effort and broke away, I stayed away for a mile or so before being dragged back in, at this point I was informed that Darryl had blown and was off the back. I tried again to make another break, but I only succeeded in going to the front of the group.
As we went into the final climb on the way to the finish I was in 2nd place.
The sprint started, Black Bob, Paul and others passed me, Black Bob had cut me up on one of the descents so I wanted to get in front of him.
I gave a last effort and passed him. I kept going and noticed that I had now passed Paul and a couple of other riders, a few more yards and somehow I got third place.
Paul came in 6th, and Bob came in 7th. The race was won by Kenny Girvin of Aerodynamics.

Katrina - 1st Women
George - 3rd overall
Paul - 6th overall.
Magazine Section item Number 186 entered by DaveTheTrike
The Tayside Transgression - Cambo, Saturday 29th April.
First, apologies for the delay in posting this report.
Awoke at 4:00am and had a quick breakfast before driving to Carnbo for the start at 6:00am; the weather was fine, but it was obvious both from the sky and the forecast that we were in for plenty of showers. As we were leaving the HQ, Dr. Gerry arrived, 10 mins to get bike out of the car, have a pee and sign on, I reckoned on seeing him to catch up with the news at the first check. "Do you know, Dear Listeners, I never saw him again?"  (Neddy Seagoon, the Goon Show, 1954.) The 50-strong group immediately split into two groups, me in the back one and Ironman in the front. ("Do you know, Dear Listeners, I never saw him again"), and apparently Simon in between (Simon, you must introduce yourself to the idiot on the red trike sometime).
The first section had a chuff wind, by my reckoning the early riders must have been inside the minimum time limit completed it. I hadn't been sure whether to bash on with the bunch following nice back wheels to the first stop at Alyth, or take my time and save energy; in the long run it probably made very little difference so I opted for enjoying the company. Alyth, nice village, nice cafe, lousy service. How the Hell can anyone take over half an hour to serve a cup of coffee? The second section was a bit humply, just to soften us up for the next bit, and finishing with a nice long descent into Pitlochry for lunch. Nice cafe, but after asking why my lunch was taking over 20mins to arrive was informed that they had given it to someone else; it was another 20mins before it finally arrived. I was a bit p*ss*d off to have wasted nearly an hour before half distance due to incompetent staff.
The next bit was a lot more humply, but only to soften us up for the next section, it ended by going up Glen Lyon to a tiny cafe/post office/village store at Bridge of Balgie. Here the service was provided by a young lad, probably about 14, and his older sister. They were brilliant; my soup beat me to my table and the coffee and buns arrived very soon after. The funny thing was, what on earth is a cafe doing in such an out of the way place, there might have been a house near by but there had been nothing that I would call a village for the last 20 miles and it would be a further 20 miles before we saw another.
Next came the ride over the Head of the Glen, 2½ miles of 15% climb followed by 2½ miles of descent. You had to take your time on the downhill because of the gravel, pot-holes and hair-pins so there was no opportunity to make up the time lost on the climb; fortunately the rain helped to keep the rims cool (I have brakes only on the single front wheel of the trike); and then on to Killin. After Killin there was the long drag up Glen Ogle followed by the descent down the other side to Loch Earn; this descent has the reputation of being long, fun and safe, this time it was down on the tri-bars and pedal to maintain any useful speed.
The final stop was at the CTC DA hut by the loch where we were greeted by Seamus McNasty; he was moaning that he had to miss riding the event, he'd had to do it the previous Wednesday under the blazing hot sun - he has such a lovely wife as well.
The last section was back to the standard humply and the realisation that the two glens had merely been there to soften us up for the final run into Carnbo; I had left the hut with every intention of stopping at the first available hostelry for a refreshing re-hydration pack, it was very thirsty 35 miles to the finish. I finished in 19 hours (with one hour to spare) with a very sore backside after one of the hardest audaxes I've ridden; but that indicates my serious lack of miles so far this year. The last man finished with four minutes to spare. I wonder what happened to Gerry.
Food and coffee was consumed in preparation for the drive back home for a bath and a nice mug of Horlicks (I always think that sounds rude) to drink while I read in bed at 4:00am. I find a milky drink and a book help me to drop off to sleep, I thought you might like to know that the book was called "Medical Developments of 2002" and the chapter I was on was called "Haemorrhoid Surgery".
Hope to see you at the 400.
Magazine Section item Number 185 entered by Jim B
Sunday 27th April 2003 was yet another day of strong winds in the West and Central Scotland areas. The difficult conditions did not deter over 60 entrants heading to Blairdrummond Hall to compete in the 20-mile 2-up Vets Time Trial. Representing Johnstone Wheelers was Sean Gray who had paired up with Bob Taylor of Glasgow Wheelers to form a very capable-looking team.
Also present were Big Harry and Jim B who, despite suffering the effects of wind burn from the previous day's 10, did not have the good sense to feign illness/madness and stay at home.
Again this event attracted a lot of well-known names and again times were not going to be particularly fast in the very windy conditions on such an open course. I can't give an account of just how Sean and Bob rode the course other than "very quickly" but it appeared that the tactic of the day was to grind out a steady pace in a wee gear into the wind and get into as big a gear as possible for the few areas where the wind was of some assistance. It was a punishing 20 miles!
At the finish the results were....
1st - Davie Gibson/George Cowan 42.46 (This was quite outstanding and well ahead of the rest)
2nd - Mark Atkinson/Fred Thoms 45.05
3rd - Brian Sproull/Dave McCallum 45.12
4th - Sean Gray/Bob Taylor 45.23
Harry and Jim B worked hard for 14th place with 49.41 (a PB for Big H and debut time for Jim B)
An excellent event with some real characters and plenty of banter and atmosphere. Well worth a visit next year.
Jim B
Magazine Section item Number 184 entered by Jim B
SCU Event 37, the Ayr Roads / Harry Fairbairn 10-mile open TT was held on Course AY4 (Eglinton Park) on Saturday 26 th April 2003. Despite the mid-week warnings of poor weather the popular event attracted a 60-strong field including a number of top-class riders from around Scotland.
Once again Johnstone Wheelers colours were very much in evidence as seven club members had attended, putting us on an equal footing with the host club and their close neighbours Fullarton Wheelers in terms of numbers. Had Alan King, who was on the starting sheet and who is a regular at such events, made it then we would have had the greatest number of riders there.
Those who did make it were... Sean Gray, Jim Brogan, Harry Lambie, Pete Bennell, Andy MacDonald and Tom and Elizabeth Clark.
Andy MacD had never ridden the course and was given the pre-event tour by Harry and Jim who were delighted to note that apart from a significant amount of self-generated hot air there was no sign of even the slightest breeze out on the course. This brought about much speculation about form and the possibility of Sean doing a twenty. Things were looking good.
Recce complete, it was back to Eglinton Park HQ. We arrived just in time to secure a covered area for the warm-up which was very fortunate as we had no sooner parked the cars when in came the clouds accompanied by a vicious wind.
Andy was second away and on his return reported that the wind was at its strongest on the outward leg of the course however it was also swirling around enough to offer very little assistance on the return leg. This proved to be an accurate assessment and these conditions stayed with us for the duration of the event. There were long faces in the car park and a number of riders were returning with 27s, 28s and above. Bob Taylor, a Time Trialist of some repute, weighed in with 24.50 which sounds very respectable until you realise that he had turned in a 23.21 on this course two weeks earlier. It was clear that times were going to be slower than had been initially anticipated but we were all in the same boat and someone had to win.
The results were as follows.
1st - Carlos Riise Shetland Wheelers 20.46.
2nd - Hugh Jamieson Inverclyde High 21.??
3rd - Sean Gray Johnstone Wheelers 22.02
All three of these times demanded a huge effort and placed this trio ahead of some seriously good competition including Jim Cuisick on 22.25 and Mark Atkinson on 23.05.
Other members times as follows.
Elizabeth Clark - 28.04
Andy MacDonald - 28.45
Pete Bennell - 27.44
Harry Lambie - 26.39
Tom Clark - 25.02
Jim Brogan - 25.22
Another good showing from the club and business as usual for Sean who yet again has managed to fly the JWCC colours from the podium in an SCU event.
Jim B
Andy MacD is going to the Boomerang and is looking for a partner; if anyone is in the same boat, give him a shout.
After the "leathering" Big Harry gave me at the 2-ups on Wed night we've come to the conclusion that we are quite capable of killing each other over 20 miles without anyone else's assistance! We therefore no longer require young whippersnapper types to drag us round Sunday's circuit.
See y'all at Stirling.
Magazine Section item Number 183 entered by George Hamilton
Myself and Alan King represented the club at this event on Sunday. The start was quite rolling but mainly downhill with a stiff crosswind, at the junction we turned left and downhill with a tail wind, I was being very pleased with myself admiring how fast I could spin my biggest gear reaching speeds near to the 50mph mark, at the bottom of the hill we turned left again being hit by the crosswind, this was of course hard work, but I still felt pleased with my performance, then I turned left again, now into the head wind, I was grovelling, I even felt like asking a few young children out rolling their Easter eggs for a push, it was terrible, I was down in the 39X23 and still struggling. It hurt like mad, and I hated it.
Kenny Mac had warned me that the finish was steep, at the start of the race, I had gone up the road and didn't think it was too bad, at the end of the race, I was just about passing out with the effort, I couldn't breath for the snot choking me, I felt like belting Katrina as she shouted from about half way up, that the finish was just over the next rise, liar!!
After I recovered, at about 3.00pm today, I had to admit that It was a good course, and if the wind had been going in the opposite direction, it would have been super fast, as it was I was pretty pleased with my time of 58mins 30 secs which gave me 10th overall. I think that I'm correct in saying that Alan got 1hr 0mins 55secs, but I'm sure Alan will give his own account of the ride and correct any mistakes that I have made.
Magazine Section item Number 179 entered by Jim Brogan
Saturday 12th April saw a beautiful warm morning with cloudless skies over Irvine's excellent Eglington Park 10 course. The club was well represented by six riders in the fifty-strong field who had assembled there to participate in Event 22, the Mathew Weideger Memorial 10-mile TT. Riders in attendance were Sean, Harry, Allan King, Dougie McF, Pete Bennell and Jim B.
Having arrived early, Master tactician Big Harry decided that Jim B's navigational skills could not be trusted and in order to ensure that there was not a repeat of last week's scenario resulting in an Away-day run, a course recce was carried out with Jim being tested at various intervals to ensure he was paying attention. Harry now satisfied that Jim had mastered the complex directions of "up tae the roonaboot an' back", the team returned to Race HQ for a warm-up and copious amounts of caffeine. It was a superb sight to see an entire corner of the car park claimed as Johnstone "warm-up" territory.
09.00hrs arrived and it was time to harness the nervous energy that these things generate and "do the biz". The course was pretty quiet and there was only a very slight offshore wind blowing across the route. The general consensus was that it was easier getting back than getting out but on the whole it was agreed that conditions were pretty good and this led to some good times.
On arriving back at HQ for the results the feeling was that it could be pretty tight as there were some excellent riders around who were looking pretty pleased with themselves. As it turned out a few were close to each other but none were close to our Sean who claimed 1st place with an outstanding time of 21.02 and a 40-second lead over his nearest rival.
The rest of the Johnstone crew put in solid performances and had there been a team prize the club would have been very much in contention.
Harry improved on his Stirling time with a cracking 25.06.
Jim B aided with the wonder of Bob Taylor's aero-carbon fibre and 15-bar air was able to take 2 mins 24 off his Stirling time with a 24.22 (said to be skint, chuffed and considering a leg shave).
Alan King also improved his Stirling time with an excellent 23.29 and is moving rapidly in the right direction.
Pete B was another who improved his Stirling time, turning in a very creditable 25.55.
Dougie McF, making his debut "10", started off a bit nervous and was concerned that he'd hack it. We knew he had nothing to worry about and this was confirmed with an excellent first time of 24.05 (he'll be back for more).
1st - Sean Gray 21.02
2nd - N. Cotterell 21.42
3rd - K.Girvan 21.49
1st Vet - D. Millar 22.30
The latest in a line of notable results for the club.
Jim B.
From Sean Gray -
 Eglinton Park other results:
10th - Alan King 23.29
15th - Dougie Mc Fadzean 24.05
16th - Jim Brogan 24.22
26th - Harry Lambie 25.05
30th - Pete Bennell 25.55
Magazine Section item Number 178 entered by Darryl Gunson
After much jumping about a three man break of myself, Davie Gibson and Andrew Mathieson finally got away from the bunch. We quickly got 40 secs which eventually grew to over 2 mins. It was v.hard and we were all suffering a bit (I think), but i cracked first and was tailed off towards the finish where Gibson beat Mathieson in the sprint and I finished in 3rd. A good, hard, fast race on a great circuit. TTFN McGunson
Magazine Section item Number 177 entered by Darryl Gunson
After much jumping about a three man break of myself, Davie Gibson and Andrew Mathieson finally got away from the bunch. We quickly got 40 secs which eventually grew to over 2 mins. It was v.hard and we were all suffering a bit (I think), but i cracked first and was tailed off towards the finish where Gibson beat Mathieson in the sprint and I finished in 3rd. A good, hard, fast race on a great circuit. TTFN McGunson
Magazine Section item Number 176 entered by Darryl Gunson
After much jumping about a three man break of myself, Davie Gibson and Andrew Mathieson finally got away from the bunch. We quickly got 40 secs which eventually grew to over 2 mins. It was v.hard and we were all suffering a bit (I think), but i cracked first and was tailed off towards the finish where Gibson beat Mathieson in the sprint and I finished in 3rd. A good, hard, fast race on a great circuit. TTFN McGunson
Magazine Section item Number 175 entered by Darryl Gunson
Vets over 40 RR: Moscow 5/4 A full field and a late entry ensured that it wasn't until the last minute that I knew I'd got a ride. This was the first rendezvous of the season and most of the best riders were present. As is usual with this type of race, there was a lot of jumping about in the early laps, myself included. The most notable attack came from Gibson on lap 2. he took a few others with him, but they quickly fell away leaving him to ride alone. The bunch caught him, but it was clear that he was very strong. Even though I had tried to get a gap earlier and ended up with Gibson, I was mindful of how the race had ended last year with Gibson and Mathieson riding way from the field. Mathieson was keeping a low profile in the bunch, but looking good for all that. So I decided that I would go when Gibson and Mathieson went. That's what happened. Up the drag to the main road I really bust a gut getting up to them and staying there. This was lap 3 (I think). The rest was a very fast and hard 3 up. Towards the end we were all suffering, but it was me that cracked first and I was tailed off on the last drag before the finish. by this time we had over 2 mins, so I knew I could ease up and still get third. At the finish, Gibson beat Mathieson in a sprint for a repeat of last year's one two. An excellent,hard, fast race on a good circuit. TTFN McGunson
Magazine Section item Number 174 entered by Katrina Hair
Hi All.
Here's my review of the race on Saturday.
The race started pretty quick. George pointed out Jocky Johnstone to me so I stood behind him fully expecting his fast start and wasn't disappointed. We lasted until the Kilmarnock corner when we were caught. Jocky then sat at the front TT-ing whilst we all happily sat behind him for the next lap (he did swear at us a bit, I must admit).
On lap 2, at the drags, Shona Robson disappeared to the back so I waited for her sprint past and caught her wheel.
A pattern soon emerged to the race. As we approached a hill Shona gave me the nod and she or I shot off with the other on their wheel, making the rest work to catch up (3 or 4 times a lap). The Vet race strategy seemed to be the opposite in that they tried to break on the flat (into the wind) and we happily sat on their wheel, after I generally closed the gap.
With the pressure being mounted on every drag and flat we simply dwindled the group away until there were only 5 of us left. This was the idea because we wanted to get rid of Kate Cullen as I know she can sprint!!! The hard reality of bike racing - ganging up on people!
On the final lap Jocky shot off with Dave McCallum on his wheel. Shona turned to me and said "we should let them go because that lazy b*@#@!? Black is stuck behind us and doesn't deserve to win!" My lazy side agreed and we didn't chase - although the lazy b*@#@!? sprinted the gap after that and left us. (Ha! I wonder if he heard the conversation?!?!)
Two over 50s were tagging on with us but didn't do any work or get in the way so Shona and I did the last lap just keeping the stragglers away with an eye on the sprint. The sprint wasn't too exciting as Shona has never beaten me yet!! I sat on her wheel and zoomed past. The best bit was the blue transit van driving over the finish line with a foot to spare to the grass and spectators. I wasn't going to slow down so aimed directly for it and managed to skim the side with my shoulder while the spectators stepped back in a hurry.
All in all the best women and vets I've done and brilliant training.
Magazine Section item Number 173 entered by Darryl Gunson
Over 40s Vet's Race: Moscow There was a full field for this event, some 40+ riders, and I actually had my entry returned. It was touch and go whether I'd get a start at all, but chanced it and was really lucky as 5th reserve! As is usual for the first event of the year, the start was quite nervous with lots of jumping around going on. The bunch soon settled down though, but it was clear that it would be a total lottery if the bunch stayed together. There were some excellent sprinters there too - Ivor Reid for one. So most people with any aspirations were keen to get away with myself, Gibson, Reidy and a few others trying it on. But it was not until the 3rd lap (I think) that the break was made. The script was the same as last year - Gibson went for it on the drag up to the main road and Andy Mathieson went with him. Last year the two just rode away from the bunch, so I knew that such a pair of class riders could do the same this year. I rode across to them to complete the three man break. The pace was very quick and after one lap or so we had a gap in excess of 2 mins. I was tailed off towards the end, but realised I'd got an ample gap to cruise in for third. Gibson outsprinted Mathieson for a repeat of last years result. McGunson
Magazine Section item Number 172 entered by Darryl Gunson
Over 40s Vet's Race: Moscow There was a full field for this event, some 40+ riders, and I actually had my entry returned. It was touch and go whether I'd get a start at all, but chanced it and was really lucky as 5th reserve! As is usual for the first event of the year, the start was quite nervous with lots of jumping around going on. The bunch soon settled down though, but it was clear that it would be a total lottery if the bunch stayed together. There were some excellent sprinters there too - Ivor Reid for one. So most people with any aspirations were keen to get away with myself, Gibson, Reidy and a few others trying it on. But it was not until the 3rd lap (I think) that the break was made. The script was the same as last year - Gibson went for it on the drag up to the main road and Andy Mathieson went with him. Last year the two just rode away from the bunch, so I knew that such a pair of class riders could do the same this year. I rode across to them to complete the three man break. The pace was very quick and after one lap or so we had a gap in excess of 2 mins. I was tailed off towards the end, but realised I'd got an ample gap to cruise in for third. Gibson outsprinted Mathieson for a repeat of last years result. McGunson
Magazine Section item Number 170 entered by Sean Gray
5 of Johnstone racing team rode the Corrieri Classic on Sunday morning, the weather looked perfect (in the car park), as a stiff easterly breeze, so Harry said, blew the racers as they struggled towards the turn. First back was Pete Bennell with an impressive 27-00 and was even first in for his coffee and sandwiches. Next in should have been Big Jim Brogan with a debut ten time of 26-46 but Jim passed the finish and rode on another 2.5 miles towards Thornhill until he discovered there were no other riders on "his" course. Then I finished 22-29 catching the old guy for three minutes. Next in was big Harry with a 26-44 beating big Jim by 2 seconds he is not likely to let Jim forget that (believe me), but big Jim reckons he can do the old fella for at least a minute. Then number 53, a late starter, Alan King, fresh off the plane from his training camp in sunny Spain, screamed home with a 24-47, taking at least 2 minutes off of his time of twelve months ago.
Non-starters Big George (calfman) Hamilton, and Andy (fell off ma bike) McDonald.
A good day was had by all on the first real time trial of the year, the results are as follows-
1. Stevie Munro 21-56
2. Sean Gray (used to be known as pretty boy) 22-29
3. Barry McGurk 22-35
P.S.   the pretty boy prize was won by Bob Taylor "although he was sick on himself mid race" so I reluctantly passed over the crown.
Magazine Section item Number 169 entered by Ken Macdonald
Elvis Night postponed.
The local council informed organisers that due to public holidays the cost of hall rental would be £220. In light of this set-back, alternative accomodation was investigated. Unfortunately no suitable replacement could be found for the date, therefore the event is postponed till later in season. Thanks to all who have shown an interest in this event; I will keep you informed of developments.
Kenny MacDonald
Magazine Section item Number 167 entered by Jim Montgomery
Majorca pre season Training
Report by Jim Montgomery
My seven week sojourn to mallorca was anything but a training holiday, when you have to buy two pairs of trousers 2 inches bigger in the gut tells a story all on its own. however I got in a few good rides in the mountains mainly with some of the locals (Tolo of the famous tolos bar) and others including a couple of good days with Sandy Gilchrist). whilst I managed to hang on in the mountains with a struggle, the J.W. jersey was always first past the 57K signpost on the run in to Puerto Pollensa. the weather at the end of Jan. into mid Feb. was diabolical with rain, gales and SNOW on the beaches which meant that the road to LLuc was closed on three occasions although I braved it up as far as I could just to remind me of Glencoe! Unfortunately the place was really just coming alive when I had to leave, so next year i hope to go a bit later, the cost of living is fantastic with food and DRINK only a third of our prices making a self catering holiday perfect for storing up the extra adipose for spring training back in Oban. jim
Magazine Section item Number 166 entered by Hugh Gear
Web Wizard spotted out training !!!
On Sunday web wizard Iain Lang was spotted at the Rosneath GP. This truly was a feat of great fortitude. Iain not reknowned for his love of hills had indeed ventured out over the bridge and climbed over to Cardross before hurtling through Helensburgh .The nasty climb to Faslane conquered he obviuosly had a rush of blood to the head , and set off up the old Whistlefield climb. He was spotted here taking photos before talking with Darryl back at race HQ.
Iain is now in serious training for his Lighthouse pilgrimage around Scotland.So if you see a flying beard passing through Bishopton its likely to be the Web Wizard in full flight.
Magazine Section item Number 165 entered by Ken Macdonald
Wheelers off to a flying start!!!
Just a few weeks into the racing season and the wheelers are making their mark. Following on Ken MacDonalds 3rd. place at Lake of Menteith , George Hamilton and Alison Winship scored first places at Moscow APR. George powered home alone to claim the honours with Alison sprinting home as first women finisher. Paul Mcdonald was narrowly pipped in the bunch gallop and finished 6th. overall on the day.
The club had a brilliant combination of nine riders riding the event ( the most from one club)and all performed well above expectation.The next day saw Darryl Mcgunson competing in the Rosneath GP , where he was unfortunate enough to pick up a puncture.Despite the best efforts of GG in service he failed to catch up the field.
A promising start to the season and good to see so many riders and club members turning out at the events.
Magazine Section item Number 164 entered by McGunson
I can't answer for anyone else, but I ended up sprinting for about 10th place just behind Paul Rennie who finished just in front of Black Boab and Robert McLean. Possibly 5th Vet.
It was an excellent day for it and our group worked well from the off.
There was none of this charging off the front and disrupting the rhythm, it was a very civilised start to the season. After a while we were caught by group 2 containing a strong looking Andy Mathieson and Rob McLean. Somewhere along the way we picked up group 3 with Paul McD. Again this was fine. We were caught by the scratch group eventually and Rennie was straight to the front with a couple of his team mates. The pace was upped significantly, but I'm not sure that much damage was done. Despite a lot of hard wheeling about, the - by now rather large - bunch stayed intact.
It was quite a different story coming down the Indian Road with the right turn towards Balfron. Shouts and cries were heard, at least one rider took a fall, and the bunch was all over the shant as riders jostled for position and tried to avoid the potholes and the cars. Needless to say, the bunch exploded on the climb with bodies all over the place. Luckily I managed to stay near the front, but over the hill on the run in to the line there were still too many riders vying for position with riders facing oncoming traffic in their efforts to gain a few places. At this point I bottled it a bit and lost a few places.
Live to fight another day and all that.
So that's it really. Nice to hear our bunch shouting encouragement, I always like that. Sorry not to have seen some of you at the finish though.
Just the kind of thing you need first time out.
Further to Darryl's report.
Group 3 had a sensible first lap, only problem was there were only about 4 working at any one time.
1/2 way round lap 2, and group 4 and 5 caught us which included McGunson. Then shortly after the scratch too.
Turning up the back road for the last mile and the climb started. It was a bit of a plane crash and big Steve '0-60 in 5.5 secs' Wright got total leg locking cramp on the short steep section on the back road and stopped dead. I got round him no problem but shortly afterwards fell out the plane, so I ploughed up the hill passing some and being passed by some.
Not much more to report other than what an excellent day to start the season. Moscow should be good with the big Johnstone contingent on Saturday.
Paul Mcdonald
No real surprises here for me, rode the "Lumpy" course on Wednesday, predicted a serious gubbing due to combination of gravity and years of carbo loading. Got said serious gubbing on first of the decent "lumps" and never managed to get back on a wheel. Tried very hard for about five miles and at on stage got to within about 10 - 15 yds from group but couldn't get past the silver estate car before the next "lump" came along at which point lost ground.
Made it round the first circuit still ahead of the second group and considered trying to stick with them however realised that I'd be off at the same lump and decided to make a graceful exit.
Bit annoyed at throwing the towel in and pretty frustrated at lack of climbing ability but learned a huge amount and enjoyed the sensation of what was a very fast, group ride while it lasted. As Ian said, a real eye opener.
Some serious pain sessions on the training circuit required for me.
Will be at Glengarnock on Thursday for first instalment. Not sure about Moscow as a few of the guys I was speaking to on Sunday reckon it's a pretty "Lumpy" venue for at least half of its route. Very much up for the 10TT ON 6TH.
See y'all Thursday
Jim "still mad fur it" B
Magazine Section item Number 163 entered by Hugh Gear
Congratulations to Martin Mullholand who won a pair of Rolf wheels at the Don Smith event. The wheels were a special raffle prize donated by Dooleys Cycles. Martin's delight was evident to all in the hall and we look forward to him using the wheels in anger. To complete a clean sweep of prizes the weekend break vouchers were won by Sharon Kinning, Kenny MacDonald & one other wheeler who in the excitement I missed. A great day out enhanced by these prizes from Iain Dooley and Brian Smith, the Club's sponsors.
Magazine Section item Number 160 entered by Kenny MacDonald
An interesting article on TT pace judgement, please let us know your opinions ?
Pace Judgement in Time Trials
Kris Tilford
Racing Cyclist from Topeka, Kansas, USA
From Cycle Coaching magazine, #4, 2000.
Malcolm Firth's 10 mile TT pacing suggestions agree with my thinking very much. I arrived at my conclusions over a lifetime of poor time trial riding (and a wish to improve), and much close observation of great time trial riders. In the 80s I worked for several professional teams, and was able to observe many great riders in person. The key observation for me personally was a Tour de France time trial of more than an hour in which Bernard Hinault was one of the favourites. Hinault rolled off the start ramp, and when he hit the transition to the pavement, his sunglasses were knocked off his face. He somehow caught them in his hand, and then sat up and rode no handed, calmly placing the sunglasses back on his face, even looked around at the crowd for a moment. I was amazed, many of the others had started so seriously, some almost sprinting away. But the finish was completely different. On the run into the finish, Hinault came in like a freight train, his eyes totally focused. This was 110% riding, nothing but pure power.
From this moment onward, I vowed to 'Start easy, Finish hard'. It has been the single most important insight in time trial riding. I'm 42 years old now, so I would have been a little over 30 then. My best 25 mile (40k) time then would have been around 58 minutes. Last weekend I rode 52:45, a personal best for me. I've never been a morning person, and all our time trials are very early morning. I never sleep beforehand, and never warm up correctly, so this time was pretty much from a cold start. It would appear that I might ride even faster if I could find a time trial that started in the afternoon or evening.
A second observation I've found very helpful. American rider Thurlow Rogers was well known for his ultrafast spin, usually two gears lower than the average rider. One year at the Master's 35-39 National Championships he had to ride a 25 mile time trial, a 76 mile road race, and 45 mile criterium in three successive days. He won the time trial on a hilly course in around 50 minutes, and won the road race in a solo breakaway over an entire chasing field. The third day he got in an early break in the criterium on a flat, open and windy course. By halfway point he was alone again, averaging just under 30mph, still spinning his two gears lower, perhaps a 53 x 16 or 15. Over the second half of the race, he grew fatigued. Unable to maintain his normal ultrafast cadence, he was forced to change up. By the final laps he was slogging around in 53xl2. But each lap the announced lap time and average speed never changed.
I realised that there is a cascade of cadence, and that if you can start at the highest pedal revs you can maintain power at, for each stage of fatigue you can upshift a single gear, and drop cadence gradually. By the time you reach the endpoint, you have produced constant power over a much longer period of time than if you had started at a normal cadence to begin with.
I think you can extend this observation to the 2000 Tour de France and Lance Armstrong's ultra-fast spinning in the Prologue, and first mountain stage where he established his lead. As he fatigued, day by day, his cadence visibly decreased, until he and Pantani appeared to be both turning similar big gears at low revs. By the time he was dropped (on the joux-Plaine) he was pedaling very slowly. The point is, that if Lance hadn't developed the ultrafast spin to begin with, he would have reached this low revs fatigue point several days earlier, because his range of power would be smaller.
I call this range of power the 'envelope,' just as jet fighter pilots describe the graph of velocity vs. altitude as an aircraft's envelope. You want the largest envelope possible: if your aircraft has an area that your combatants doesn't, you fly to that portion of the envelope to escape. In cycling the envelope is the graph of power vs. pedal revs. By maximizing this area, you can use it to defeat competitors by tactically riding in portions of your envelope that they don't possess; or by using the extended power before fatigue time to force your competitors into premature fatigue.
This concept of envelope has led me to a training program that emphasises the extremes in pedal revs and torque. I've found that if you can turn high revs with power, and low revs with power, all pedal revs in the middle naturally has power also. Therefore, the training that works best tends to try and stretch the corners of the envelope out further. There are several examples of riders using similar training achieving spectacular results. Perhaps the most famous would be Graham O'Bree and his ultra high revs on his turbo trainer combined with the ultra-low revs when mountain bike riding up the moors in his biggest gear. His envelope would be very large, by riding with power at these extreme pedal revs.
Magazine Section item Number 155 entered by Tom Speirs
Don, "Big Don" as he was known, was father of Brian Smith & a legendary figure in West of Scotland. Don never actually won anything in an open event but he did win the Frank Lauder 10 Championship once; apart from that he was the eternal second/third - a jovial character who was above average ability on bike but never the star he wished for.
He held court in the back shop at Dooleys for many years. He was a life member of Johnstone Wheelers, along with wife Dot whom he met in the club.
As a roadman, his brother Roy was equally accomplished but didn't race late in years.
Roy died in his early sixties out of the blue from a massive heart attack whilst sitting in chair. Don was younger but, as he carried a fair weight, he became concerned about succumbing in the same way as brother Roy. He died a couple of years later from the same heart condition (which turned out to be hereditary).
We hold a run in March each year round the coast, one of Don's favourite runs.
Also at this event Dooleys hold a one-day clearance sale at clubrooms (lots of bargains).
Magazine Section item Number 154 entered by Brian Smith
For every person that turns up at the Johnstone Wheelers clubrooms on Sunday 9th for my fathers memorial rides will be given a raffle ticket. When all rides return my mother will pull out the hat 3 tickets....each ticket pulled out will receive a voucher for one nights stay (bed+b/fast) for upto 2 people at any SWALLOW HOTEL in U.K. ( before sept. ) If you eat in the restaurant that evening I will take 50% off your food and drinks bill and give you free use of the health facilities. Normal cost upto £200....for the guys that come along....a pair of sore legs
Magazine Section item Number 153 entered by Ken MacDonald
Don Smith memorial run Sunday 9th. March 30,50,70 miles incorporating the Dooleys massive one day sale. Sale / registration starts at 9:00am first bunch departs 9:30am. Soup n sandwiches at finish , entry £2 per rider.
Magazine Section item Number 152 entered by Ken MacDonald
Next weeks reliabilty is round 3 lochs. In an effort to get round before roads become too busy an early start is planned. Meeting point will be the car park at Erskine hospital ,for a 9:00am depart. Anyone travelling by car can safely leave vehicle in the car park at hospital.Route is Helensburgh,Whistlefield,Arrochar,Loch side, Balloch,Bridge. second group will leave at 9:30am ( please confirm if 2nd. group is viable in view of Velodrome) Kenny MacD
Magazine Section item Number 151 entered by Iain Lang
This is an inside page of the combined Menu / Order of Ceremonies of the Sportrenfrewshire 21st Anniversary Dinner which took place in the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew, on 21st February 2003.
The page lists the young people of Renfrewshire and the disciplines in which they participated and excelled enough to be called forward to receive trophies as having been Sports Personalities of the Month.
If the picture is perhaps not clear enough to read the text, the red ellipse draws attention to our own Aileen McGlynn who received her award for cycling.
From a population as large as that of Renfrewshire's, for a Johnstone Wheeler member to be highlighted in this fashion is a tremendous compliment to the Club and underlines in the clearest possible fashion Aileen's progress and prowess in our sport.
Well done, Aileen, well done!
Magazine Section item Number 149 entered by Iain Lang
If you fancy taking it easy when you ride, Peter Marshall has some "Tall Stories & Low Tales" (and interesting photos) for you here.
Magazine Section item Number 148 entered by Kenny MacDonald
Sports Renfrewshire Personality of Year Award
Aileen Mcglynn has been nominated for this award , the ceremony takes place on Friday 21st. at Normandy Hotel in Renfrew.Last years winner was Katrina Hair from our very own club. Anyone wishing to come along and support Aileen can do so. Tickets cost £10 and include a 3 course meal. Any member wishing to join us, can get tickets on the night if booked via club president. Support the club and its members by coming along.
Magazine Section item Number 147 entered by Iain Lang
The SCU advise that the Minutes of the 2002 AGM are now available in the download section of
They're in .pdf format, which means that they can be (must be) read by Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you don't have the Reader program, the document will guide you through the process of getting it.   It's free.
SCU Handbooks
The SCU also tell us that the 2003 Handbook has now been delivered and will be available in the bike shops early next week.
Magazine Section item Number 146 entered by Kenny MacDonald
Reliability No.1
Sunday 9th. February group 1 9:30am group 2 10:00am. Leaving from clubrooms in Miller Street Johnstone. 56 miles reliability run to Sinclair Street Helensburgh ( via Erskine Bridge) £2 entry fee - includes soup & sandwich. Entry on the day
Magazine Section item Number 145 entered by Peter Abraham
Would like to thank the members I have met in recent weeks for making my introduction to this club a pleasant and encouraging experience. I have not been on a road bike for some time (not that it deters George from pushing me to near death ;) ) but look forward to riding with you all.
Magazine Section item Number 143 entered by Ken MacD
Sunday 2nd. February
This weeks Sunday run is the Trident tour in Argyleshire. Meeting at Western ferries to catch 9:30am ferry to Dunnoon.Proceeding up Loch Eck to Whistlefield climb ( Tough ) over to Ardentinny and round coast to Kirn. Retrace past ferry ( very tempting to retire early) and head out to Toward. Option here to turn ( 50 mile run) or head up to end of Loch Striven (62 mile run )A second group of comeback/crocked riders plan to ride straight to Ardentinny & meet bunch ( missing out climb)If weather stays good should have some spectacular scenery to look at during ride ( if you are fit enough to take eyes of wheel in front) Gang Forward !!!
Magazine Section item Number 138 entered by Jim Montgomery
As a new member thanks for having me.  To enable me to keep up with some of your illustrious older members this summer, I am going to Puerta Pllensa on the 21st jan.  A my wife doesn't cycle Iwill be looking for a wheel to hang, anyone going?  A the risk of being called a lucky --------- Iwill be there until 04/03/03.  staying at a small in town appartment called La Fortelssa  M mobile no is 07748305891.
Jm (Mnty 2)
Magazine Section item Number 135 entered by Iain Lang
There has been some brisk correspondence on SmartGroups very recently, sparked off by Martin Mulholland's cry of "Here be Dragons!"
The Dragon in question (John McAleenan) wrote a piece for your website, a piece that's too long to go in here and definitely warrants its own full page.
Go and read for yourself.
Magazine Section item Number 134 entered by Kenny MacDonald
Easter Training Camp - 2003. Forget about jetting off to Majorca this Easter, come & join us in Sunny Skye. The Isle of Skye training camp is on from 12th April till 19th April. The camp is based at Balmeanach the Braes, 8 miles south of Portree overlooking Isle of Raassay. Planned runs are: Old Man of Storr/Quiraing, Mam Ratagan/Skye bridge, Dunvegan Castle - just to name a few. Daily run of 3 hours with social events planned for evening. For further details contact President through website. Come & experience cycling in some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery!
Magazine Section item Number 125 entered by Kenny MacDonald
A big thanks to Dr. Gerry who donated his Hogmanay winnings from play your cards right to the roof fund. Gery has started the roof restoration fund off by donating his £35 winnings to the club. Well done Gerry , keep watching out for details how you can donate to this fund and have your name included on plaque on clubrooms wall. Kenny Macd
Magazine Section item Number 124 entered by Iain Lang
The following appeared in the Paisley Daily Express for Tuesday, 17th December, 2002.
Husband and wife have a good day in gruelling Time Trials
by Matt Valance
Veteran Tom Clark struck a blow for Johnstone Wheelers' "Oldies but Goodies" in the Fullarton Wheelers 10-mile Time Trial.
The event, over an undulating course between Irvine and Kilmarnock down the curtain on the Scottish road-racing season with Clark showing the other Wheelers' riders a clean rear sprocket with the fastest time of the day by a Johnstone rider.
Conditions weren't good, with the temperature hovering just three degrees above freezing and a trouble-some south-easterly breeze adding to the riders' difficulties as they undertook what cyclists call "The Race Against Truth" - rider and machine against the clock.
Tom Clark's time of 21 minutes 15 seconds was good enough for sixth place overall, in a high-quality field including several international riders.
The businessman from Bridge of Weir came home more than half a minute ahead of the next Johnstone Wheeler, Alan King, with the Johnstone Club's Time Trial Champion, Sean Gray the next-fastest Wheeler, 47 seconds off Clark's hot pace.
Tom's wife, Elizabeth, a multi-national Champion, also had a good day, winning the Veteran Ladies prize and pushing Johnstone Wheelers' Commonwealth Games representative, Katrina Hair, all the way.
Elizabeth completed the course in 23 minutes 33 seconds, with Katrina just 14 seconds ahead.
The race was won by international road-racer Gordon Murdoch, who was the only rider to crack the 20-minute barrier with a time of 19.21.
The 10-strong Johnstone Wheeler contingent posted the following times:
Tom Clark 21.15
Alan King 21.48
Sean Gray 22.02
Harry Lambie 22.48
Katrina Hair 23.19
Elizabeth Clark 23.33
Pete Bennell 23.52
Kenneth MacDonald 25.43
Dave Stokes 25.57
Sharon Kinning 26.56.
Magazine Section item Number 119 entered by George Hamilton
Attached is a copy of this year's BAR results, some quite interesting facts that you will find within it.
Campbell came in 13th in the long distance BAR, This was his first year doing any of these events.
Although Katrina didn't complete the women's BAR, she was the fastest in Scotland for the 10mile TT and although She only did 2 25TT's in Scotland, she was 2nd fastest, narrowly beaten by last years British Champion Sally Ashbridge.
Sean Gray, this years rider of the year came in 26th in the points league and a brilliant 9th in the short Distance BAR.
Magazine Section item Number 107 entered by Iain Lang
Interesting article on DNF, and on pain, and stuff in the New York Daily News today.   Oh, you didn't get your copy?
Magazine Section item Number 106 entered by Iain Lang
Of course, it never rains in California, the land of eternal sunshine...
Magazine Section item Number 105 entered by Iain Lang
This item was found among some papers in a suitcase in the Club store-room.
An Inventive Approach to the Cyclist's Dewdrop
You have heard of the Joggers Nipple, Housemaid's Knee and Brewer's Droop.  Spare a thought for the Cyclist's Dewdrop.
This much-neglected affliction is a common complaint.  The faster you cycle, the faster your nose runs.  It is a veritable hazard.  Sufferers are obliged to become dab hands in wiping the nose.  How many accidents are caused by the nose buried in a Kleenex!  It is indeed a problem and not one to be sniffed at.
Has anyone ever paused to think of the cost of cycling to the human nasal passage?
Think of the pints of fluid cyclists lose in this way, never mind the damage to the dignity.  Long cycle rides have been know to leave one dehydrated, not through perspiration loss, but dewdrop drain.  Is it possible one could die of nasal fatigue?
As a chronic sufferer, tired of waiting for the boffins to transfer their inventive genius from redesigning cycle frames, shoes and waterproofs to the dewdrop; I spent a cycle ride inventing my own solution.
For the short ride, towelling gloves could be the answer.  A quick backhand pass every half mile could keep the dewdrops at bay.  However, the problem of glove saturation makes this solution unsuitable for longer rides.
That is when the rone and run-off system could come in useful.  I visualise it, based on the concept of house roof guttering, a small plastic version with absorbent lip, slung under the nose by means of a special fitting.  No more nose-wiping misery, dewdrops drain away down a flexipipe protruding over the shoulder.
For the more sophisticated, the nasal dehumidifier offers the last word in technology. Modelled on the kind you see advertised in Exchange & Mart to dry out mouldy cupboards, the nasal dehumidifier works by crystal absorption and can be tailored in a personal fitting. A couple of minor teething problems remain to be solved with this system: the size of the unit requires it to be carried in a very large back-pack, and the difficulty of operation in wet weather (which, in the West of Scotland, would be a problem, to say the least). 
So perhaps the best solution is the Nasal Tampon.  A couple of plugs of cotton wool stuffed up the nostrils could change the face of cycling as we know it!
So obvious, and so cheap!  Why does someone not invent it?
Magazine Section item Number 31 entered by Iain Lang
How many of us, over the years, have laughed with Sheldon Brown about his bikes - and those helmets!?
Magazine Section item Number 27 entered by Iain Lang
Next time you hear someone moaning about how cold it is, point them to this piece by Mudhead, especially his Tips on Winter Cycling.   It is, you might say, a refreshing (sideways) look at
Biking in Blizzards,
Cycling in Snow, and
Parking Pretty.
An intro to Mudhead's whole site leads to some interesting thoughts on shaving half your beard.   Gents only, naturally!   Talk about mad professors....  Worth a look.
Magazine Section item Number 26 entered by Iain Lang
Mountain Bike World Cup returns to Fort William in 2003!
Following the success of the 2002 Mountain Bike World Cup at Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland, the UCI (International Cycle Union) has just announced that a triple World Cup will return to Fort William in 2003.
The 2002 World Cup featured the first ever Downhill and 4-X World Cups in the UK, bringing high-speed, spectacular mountainbiking to the slopes of the Nevis Range ski area. On 31 May and 1 June 2003 they will be joined by the Olympic discipline of Cross Country, the lung-busting 2.5hr endurance event that will take place in the Leanachan Forest that surrounds Nevis Range.
This will be the first ever triple Mountain Bike World Cup in the UK, and Fort William is anticipating their biggest ever crowds, enthusiastically supporting all of the World's top mountain bikers.
British interest will focus on the Downhill where Steve Peat (Sheffield) has dominated this season. As well as three wins and one second at World Cups to take the overall World Cup title, he also won Silver at the World Championships.
Mike Jardine, from event organisers Rare Management stated, "Everyone involved in putting on the event is excited about a bigger and better 2003 World Cup. The introduction of Cross Country will create new levels of interest and bring all of mountain biking together for a great festival in the Highlands. Our immediate challenge is to put in place levels of funding to ensure an event of the highest quality."
Magazine Section item Number 25 entered by Iain Lang
For the tourers amongst us - a list of some things to take with you - and the trip John Dorsey went on with his.
Magazine Section item Number 11 entered by Iain Lang
Why go boringly back and forward on your bike, when you can go sideways?   (Yes, really!)
It must have its uses, it's just that I can't think of any right now...
Mind you, the engineering would be interesting to get a close-up of.
Since the above was written, contact has been established between the inventor and Johnstone Wheelers - click here.

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