Whether you are just starting out, race competitively, training for triathlon or just love cycling. From Tuesdays through to Sundays Moore Performance has ride options to cater for your ability.
Usually around 70-80 minutes long, with some people tagging on a few extra km’s after the session. These are held either in Centennial Park, or around the roads of the Eastern Suburbs. It is important to have good working lights on your bike (for winter months) and that your bike is in good working order. Hybrid bikes are not allowed in the squad rides.
5.45am – Robertson Road Gates, Centennial Park. This is a chance to “Release the weekend warrior” as they tend to be longer in duration than weekday rides. Riders are typically split into 4 groups, based upon ability and experience:
1. Race / 2. Pace / 3. Chase / 4. Development Squad.
Sunday rides vary from week to week with details provided to members through our weekly training newsletter.
MOORE PERFORMANCE KEY PRINCIPLES FOR RIDES
There will be a pre selected ‘Ride Captain’ on the squad rides. The designated ‘Ride Captain’ is in charge of the ride and people must respect the Captain’s calls. Their number one focus is to make sure that the ride is as safe as possible. Generally the Ride Captain will sit on the back of the group and make calls from there. However may sometimes control the group from the front.
Generally there will be a short ride briefing before the ride rolls out. It is important that riders turn up a couple of minutes early and be ready to listen to the ride brief so we can roll out on time. Rides will vary session to session so it is important to listen to the brief.
While out riding
Safety is very important to us at Moore Performance, so for this reason we will ride in “paced” based groups or break down to event focused groups to ensure that people riding within their ability and doing the correct rides towards their goals.
If the group leaving the meeting point isn’t too big, then all groups may roll out together, but then we split into sub groups at a given point e.g. after the Airport Tunnel.
Our rides out of the park start at a nice steady (Endurance) pace which is relative to the group and speed generally will increase through the ride. Depending on how the ride is going, the ride Captain may have to make ‘on the spot’ changes to original plan.
“We leave no man behind” Meaning, if you have a flat, have a bad day or have an accident, you won’t be left alone. Similarly, when someone in your pack has a problem, don’t ride off and leave them.
The Peleton and rolling
There are many different ways to ride within a pack, and groups are generally organised in either single file or two-by-two. The peleton take turns (called “pulls”) at the front before peeling off to the side and re-joining the group at the rear. By doing this, the peloton cuts efficiently through wind and stays together in a predictable pack.
The Ride Captain will decide which method and frequency of rolling the pack will use. It maybe that the pack will use different methods during one ride due to either safety, road conditions and/or training specific reasons.
We may at times operate a “gate” system, which the ride captain will confirm during the ride. The Riders in the “gate” are generally the stronger riders within that group and they take turns on the front, while riders behind the gate will benefit from being towed along for the ride. The gate may be used for the entirety or part of the ride, but it will give the slightly slower riders the opportunity to push right to the end of the session.