Training for the World Championship’s Masters event

After qualifying in June, I re-set my training aiming to peak again at the end of August. I tried to cram a whole year’s woorth fo training into 6 weeks.


Week 1. Rest

Week 2: 1000 kms in 3 days

Week 3. recovery

Week 4 to 6 intensive training and resting. I am using the over under training techniques.

Week 7 to 8, tapering. reduce volume maintain intensity.

It seems to have worked as my average poewer ver ten miles has increased by 5%.



Training hard now, 15 hours last week. I have just found out that I cannot ride the Tour of Cambridge, ergo qualify for the world championships. Boo. I am looking for alternatives.

We run workshops for clubs, Ride Leader workshops, advanced on road postiioning wrkshps, riding skills workshops, and we are piloting a training and a nutrition workshop too.

Cycling on the pavement

Interesting! We all understand why some people ride on the pavements, it can be pretty scary out there. All cyclists are regularly cut up, and often also abused, by some of the less thoughtful drivers, my wife was this morning both  cut up and abused just because she happened to be cycling in the road.

This is where cycle training comes in, we train people to ride in a manner that is safe, visible and courteous to other road users.

Driver training should do likewise; train drivers to be courteous to others and understand the needs of vulnerable road users.

There is also the odd journalist who jumps onto the bandwagon and derides cyclists. We all know about Jeremy Clarkson but one of the more forgotten diatribes against cyclists was written by Sarah Vine, Michael Gove’s wife,

Well we challenge those people to spend a day with us on bikes in a big city, maybe this way the more vitriolic amongst them can begin to understand us.

Quiet lanes

It is lovely cycling round the quiet lanes of Berkshire, as I rode on Saturday I passed (slowly) several horses and their riders. I like it when they are able to come out and enjoy the countryside, gives me a sense of the unchanging nature of our lovely countryside.  But it struck me as I rode my bike, why do most drivers slow down for horses and not for cyclists what is the difference?


Avanti Cycling has the Reading Bikeability delivery contract. We deliver the highest quality Bikeability available.

Bikeability is the nationally recognised cycle training scheme.

Avanti Cycling delivers two main courses:

  1. Level 1 / 2. this course is a two day course, two school days long. This is delivered in your child’s school, please enquire at the school for more details. Most of the primary schools, and some secondary schools in Reading work with us to deliver Bikeability.
  2. Level 3. The government’s aim is to get as many children through Level 3 as possible. Avanti Cycling’s Level 3 course is one full school day long and is open to children from year 6 and above who have attended a Level 2 course.

Bikeability provides your child with a life skill. We train children to cycle on the road in a safe manner, interact with other road users and make sensible decisions.

This course is a key life skill and may well save a life.

Reading’s Bikeability calendar is here.