Team Cycling Plus - Malcolm Ratcliffe

Why disguise the cycle paths?

Team Cycling Plus will be updating you each week with the highs and lows of their training as part of the team. Holidays over - it's back to reality for Malcolm...

Team member: Malcolm Ratcliffe

Malcolm from Erdington is determined to shed some of his 17stone before his 45th birthday this October. To do this he hopes to take his cycling to the next level with Team Cycling Plus, by extending his 10-20mile rides, and include a sportive or two in his season. As well as losing weight, his goals include regularly commuting the 10miles to work and doing a London to Paris charity ride.

Back from holidays, feeling better for having a week off with the family on the Welsh coast, easy camping.  No bike and thus no cycling but plenty of fresh air, beach cricket, rounders and coastal paths to scramble along.  And despite the ice creams, fish and chips and a beer or two I still managed to shed another pound of fat.

So what’s been happening these last few weeks?  Whilst I wait in anticipation for coach Ben’s next training instalment I’ve been in a sort of holding pattern.  Only a couple of rides out each week before the holidays on the old best bike and the mountain bike have also had an outing as the Millook was in for a safety check.  You’ll be relieved to know it’s all back and passed fit for service now.

Two of these rides were organised by the local bike2life group,  Under the expert guidance of Jim and his fellow enthusiasts I rode, along with Tracy, Kiaran and Ellen and other fellow cyclists along the hitherto hidden bicycle corridors between Sutton Coldfield towards Birmingham.  They were so well disguised I’m not surprised I’ve continually passed by them all this time.  It’s great to have a safe green lane connecting the city centre with the suburbs but maybe a little advertising of their existence and some better signage would encourage their use.  Would also be nice for these if the council could keep these cycling routes clear of the scourge of cycling; rubber tearing, inner tube popping shards of glass from discarded bottles.  Anyway gone home with a map and another activity for the kids over the remainder of the summer holidays.

 This week it is definitely a kick up the backside and back to some proper cycling.  Not only have I targeted some Autumn sportifs but on Friday it’s off to see the dietician, Renee McGregor BSC(hons)PGDIP(diet)Rd to give her her full title, for a face to face, or is that fat rolls to callipers, consultation at the Genesis Lifestyle Centre in Bath!!  I’m hoping that C+ won’t be sending the photographer to this one.  I’ll let you know how I get on….

Who are Team Cycling Plus?

Team Cycling Plus powered by Verenti are readers Andy Ward, Kay Bowen, Malcolm Ratcliffe and Sam Shaw. We’ll be following them in the magazine for the next few months as they train towards their personal cycling goals under the guidance of Team Wiggle’s Ben Simmons and we will be publishing their weekly trials and tribulations here too. For regular updates check our twitter page and the Team Cycling Plus facebook page.

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