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MARCH 7TH 2015 West Country


Meet at Ride Leaders house At 09:30, 40 miles Average


MARCH 8TH 2015 Essex & East London TBC


MARCH 8TH 2015 LA Warley Road, Blackpool At 09:30, 40 miles Average


MARCH 21ST 2015 Wessex Walhampton Arms, Lymington


At 10:00, 20 miles Easy


MARCH 22ND 2015 East Solent & IOW Petersfield


At 10:30, 35 miles Average


MARCH 22ND 2015 Milton Keynes Stony Stratford At 10:00, 35 miles Average


MARCH 26TH 2015 West Country


Last Thursday Social Tockington, Bristol At 20:00


MARCH 29TH 2015 Leicester Charnwood Oadby


At 09:30, 35 miles Average


MARCH 29TH 2015 Three Counties Monmouth


At 10:00, 30 miles Average


APRIL 2ND – 6TH 2015 Tandem Club Easter Rally & AGM Rutland


APRIL 12TH 2015 East Solent & IOW Emsworth


At 10:30, 30 miles Average


APRIL 12TH 2015 Wessex Wareham Quay At 09:30, 62 miles Hard


APRIL 12TH 2015 Essex & East London TBC


APRIL 17TH 2015 East Solent & IOW Basingstoke


Annual 3 day event Average


APRIL 26TH 2015 Three Counties TBC


MAY 3RD 2015 Wessex Yarmouth, IOW At 09:00, 62 miles Hard


MAY 10TH 2015 Wessex New Street, Lymington At 10:00, 62 miles Average


MAY 10TH 2015 Essex & East London TBC


MAY 10TH 2015 LA


Gateback Crossroads At 09:30 40 miles Hard


Rides are organised by The Tandem Club UK. It is simple and inexpensive to become a member. Join in and have a wide range of member benefits. Find out more about these (and more) rides, events and membership at www.tandem-club.org.uk. It may be necessary to book your spot on a ride, so please contact the organiser before attending the event.


session, to my wife who encourages me when things aren’t going as well. And then there are people like John and Ruth from JDTandems, whose enthusiasm, support and encouragement and faith is both humbling and hugely motivating. When we’re riding in the sleet and driving rain, we remind ourselves of this support and without fail it lifts our spirits and our game. Surround yourself with people who inspire you.


THE ENJOYMENT IS NOT ALWAYS THE TRAINING! Some sessions are really hard and quite frankly evil to do. I don’t enjoy them, nor do I look forward to them. The buzz comes from having completed them and the reward is a few weeks down the road when the adaptations to all the training come good and


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speed increases. For the really tough sessions I find I need to focus on the benefits rather than the session – otherwise I’d never do them.


CUT YOURSELF SOME SLACK We all fall off the wagon from time to time and end up missing sessions or having a bad session. getting going again can be hard. I’ve learned that when this happens, even if I just sit there and struggle through half a session, it feels infinitely better than not doing anything. The key seems to be to get back into the habit and once you do, the training will take care of itself. The reward for all of this? The sheer unadulterated pleasure of riding through beautiful countryside comfortably, fit enough to be able to enjoy the surroundings.


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