Last weekend Team Jadan 2016 met for a training weekend in East Yorkshire, as Victoria, Olivia and myself live in the area. The team travelled from all over the country for the busy couple of days. It was a great opportunity for all the team to meet and get to know each other before the race season begins. It was nice to finally match everyone with their Facebook profile pictures.
On Saturday morning we met in ‘Vive Le Velo’. A local bike shop which is one of our main sponsors this year, here we got changed into the new colourful kit and some of us met for the first time. We had our photos taken with a couple of the sponsors before setting off on the treacherous journey through the busy city centre of Hull. Finally, after what seemed like a never ending cycle of red lights and pedestrians stepping out into the road, we arrived at Sproatley, a village east of Hull where local cycling club ‘Hull Thursday’ hold a winter circuit training session. The session comprises of about 10 laps of a 2.5 mile open road circuit where you cycle in groups of ability in a chain gang. The rest of the girls rode very strongly, managing to keep up with some of the best local men.
After the session we rode back, through a slightly quieter Hull to my house where my mum had just arrived back from her third shopping trip of the weekend, not realising how much food five hungry cyclists can get through, we had a sort rest before getting ready for the team evening meal.
We had a lovely meal on the Saturday night where we had the opportunity to chat with some sponsors about our hopes and aspirations for the season ahead.
Sunday morning was a sunny one, we rode out to a sponsor of the team, Neil Thompson, he has a fitness studio in Drewton, a small hamlet on the outskirts of South Cave, west of Hull. He showed us how to squat properly when using weights, some exercises for a strong ‘mid-section’ and answered all our questions about strength and conditioning. Team manager Victoria impressed us all with the number of pull ups she could do, making us all feel a bit weak. Our photographer and sponsor Chris Maher took photos for our rider profiles and team photos for our website in the sunny courtyard at Drewton. Before contracting hypothermia from the sub-zero temperatures of Neil’s gym, we got back on our bikes to head back home.
Eve managed to teach me how to ride the rollers before she left, a skill I’m still trying to perfect!
All in all, I had a fantastic weekend and couldn’t wish for a nicer group of ladies to share my first ever race season with, I feel very lucky to be part of the team. But I must take this chance to thank our incredibly generous sponsors, none of this could be achieved without their support, I’m very grateful.
Under 16 Rider