Now that the days are getting longer and it feels like summer’s not far away, it’s a good time to think about how to have a great cycling season.
Bike shop chain Evans has had the same idea, and done something about it with a series of three free clinics in Edinburgh, Manchester and Spitalfields, London, where level 3 British Cycling coaches and a host of industry experts will be on hand to offer advice on training and kit.
At every event there will be a chance to win one of three £100 vouchers, and everyone will be able to help themselves to a glass of bubbly and some snacks.
All three events will start off with a talk from a British Cycling Level 3 coach. At Manchester and Spitalfields, that will be coach, journalist and photographer, Huw Williams who describes himself as a coach who specialises in “training people to be faster than I am".
While these events are not specifically for women, Williams has coached a lot of female riders over the years and has a good understanding of the particular issues that affect women. “I've had three clients become pregnant during their training programmes and that takes a bit of handling," he says.
At Edinburgh, guests will have the pleasure of meeting Prof. Richard Davison, an internationally-recognised exercise physiologist with experience coaching to Commonwealth and Olympic Games level.
At each event there will then be the chance to speak to industry experts from nutrition suppliers SIS or High5. Also attending will be the top guys in componentry from Shimano, as well as power, GPS and data geeks from CycleOps and Garmin, and the kit specialists from Specialized will be at Edinburgh and Spitalfields, too.
Evans Upgrade Clinics dates
Friday, February 22: 6-8pm, Evans Cycles, Edinburgh, 1A, Exchange Place, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 8BL
Wednesday, February 27: 6-8pm, Evans Cycles, Manchester – Chill Factore, Chill Factore, Trafford Way, Trafford Quays, Manchester, M41 7JA
Friday, March 1: 6-8pm Evans Cycles, Spitalfields, The Cavern, 1 Market Street, London, E1 6AA