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Cycling: The Velodrome Experience

Three photos of Mark and Ashrafia on a tandem at the Velodrome

The Velodrome Experience by Ashrafia Choudhury

When I got there I met with Mark the ‘pilot’ who would be cycling with me on the track.
Mark was really lovely and told me what to expect and put my mind at ease, as nerves soon transformed into excitement.

I could tell Mark has worked with VI people before, as his audio description of the pedal lock, the special shoes and details were clear and reassuring.

Mark gave me the courage to be in control of my experience by saying that ‘Communication is the key’ – if I want to go faster, slower, if I want to stop, or if I want more time on the track!

I felt comfortable that we could ride the way I wanted to.

Mark and Ashrafia at the Velodrome below!

What does it feel like?

I didn’t have a care in the world!  It was an amazing distraction, I felt free, free from my thoughts, disability, totally free and in the moment.

Feeling so free was helped by having someone there with me, so I knew I was safe, and if I wanted to we could stop.

I was buzzing afterwards, high on endorphins, I was so happy and having fun, and getting fit without realising!

The ride wirth Mark gave me a kick start to want to get into fitness – he helped push my fitness to the next level, as my body felt flowing and this is a feeling I want to keep.

For myself – I found I needed padding for my derrière – possibly because I wasn’t used to it – so this would be my advice to myself for next time!
I can’t wait to go again!

Ashrafia Choudhury
(Chairperson of Beyond Sight Loss)

 

Olympic Velodrome event info below

The Olympic Velodrome in Stratford runs two-hour para sessions for disabled cyclists on certain  Monday afternoons, please call to confirm before travel.

Dates:  Mon 27 June,  22 Aug,  12, 26 Sept  2022  Time: 2 pm

Book Online: https://tinyurl.com/CyclingVelodromeBook

£17.00   Address: Lee Valley VeloPark, Abercrombie Road, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 3AB

Email: velopark@leevalleypark.org.uk |  Telephone: 03000 030 613

Website: https://www.visitleevalley.org.uk/lee-valley-velopark

 

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Cycling: The Velodrome Experience by Ashrafia Choudhury

Three photos of Mark and Ashrafia on a tandem at the Velodrome

The Velodrome Experience

When I got there I met with Mark the ‘pilot’ who would be cycling with me on the track.
Mark was really lovely and told me what to expect and put my mind at ease, as nerves soon transformed into excitement.

I could tell Mark has worked with VI people before, as his audio description of the pedal lock, the special shoes and details were clear and reassuring.

Mark gave me the courage to be in control of my experience by saying that ‘Communication is the key’ – if I want to go faster, slower, if I want to stop, or if I want more time on the track!

I felt comfortable that we could ride the way I wanted to.

Mark and Ashrafia at the Velodrome below!

What does it feel like?

I didn’t have a care in the world!  It was an amazing distraction, I felt free, free from my thoughts, disability, totally free and in the moment.

Feeling so free was helped by having someone there with me, so I knew I was safe, and if I wanted to we could stop.

I was buzzing afterwards, high on endorphins, I was so happy and having fun, and getting fit without realising!

The ride wirth Mark gave me a kick start to want to get into fitness – he helped push my fitness to the next level, as my body felt flowing and this is a feeling I want to keep.

For myself – I found I needed padding for my derrière – possibly because I wasn’t used to it – so this would be my advice to myself for next time!
I can’t wait to go again!

Ashrafia Choudhury
(Chairperson of Beyond Sight Loss)

 

Olympic Velodrome event info below

The Olympic Velodrome in Stratford runs two-hour para sessions for disabled cyclists on certain  Monday afternoons, please call to confirm before travel.

Dates:  Mon 27 June,  22 Aug,  12, 26 Sept  2022  Time: 2 pm

Book Online: https://tinyurl.com/CyclingVelodromeBook

£17.00   Address: Lee Valley VeloPark, Abercrombie Road, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 3AB

Email: velopark@leevalleypark.org.uk |  Telephone: 03000 030 613

Website: https://www.visitleevalley.org.uk/lee-valley-velopark

 

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MSSC: Anniversary Cycle Ride and Picnic – Sat 18 June

Photo of cyclist and walkers in Richmond park and an inset photo of a stag deer
Venue:
Old Rutlishians’ Sports Ground, Poplar Road, Merton Park SW19 3JS and then onto Richmond Park for Picnic
Time:
9.30am Cycling 11am for Picnic - 3 pm
Phone:
N/A
Date:
18th June 2022
Cost:
FREE


Please join Merton Sports and Social Club (MSSC) for a picnic in Richmond Park on Saturday 18th June,  to mark MSSC’s 40th year as a registered charity.

All are welcome, whether cycling, walking or by some other means of transport.

Tandem pilots and stokers will gather at our base at Old Ruts ( Old Rutlishians’ Sports Ground, Poplar Road, Merton Park SW19 3JS) around 9.30 am to ride to Richmond Park in small groups. Solo cyclists are also very welcome.

After a ride around the park, we will settle for a picnic in the vicinity of Pembroke Lodge.  We will aim to return to Old Ruts by around 3 pm.  Non-cyclists are welcome to join us for the picnic from 11.00 pm.

So that we can get an idea of numbers and how much cake might be needed, please register for the event via the link below:

Register by Google Form: https://tinyurl.com/CycleNPicnic

 

Please bring your own snack or you can buy food and drink from one of the cafes in the park (Pembroke Lodge will be close by).  Anniversary cake will be provided

Please be aware, if you are a dog owner, that from 1st May until 31st July, it will be compulsory to have your dog on a lead in all areas of the park because of the deer birthing season.

We will be organising a special 40th-anniversary walk later in the year.

 

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MSSC: Anniversary Cycle Ride and Picnic – Sat 18 June

Photo of cyclist and walkers in Richmond park and an inset photo of a stag deer
Venue:
Old Rutlishians’ Sports Ground, Poplar Road, Merton Park SW19 3JS and then onto Richmond Park for Picnic
Time:
9.30am Cycling 11am for Picnic - 3 pm
Phone:
N/A
Date:
18th June 2022
Cost:
FREE


Please join Merton Sports and Social Club (MSSC) for a picnic in Richmond Park on Saturday 18th June,  to mark MSSC’s 40th year as a registered charity.

All are welcome, whether cycling, walking or by some other means of transport.

Tandem pilots and stokers will gather at our base at Old Ruts ( Old Rutlishians’ Sports Ground, Poplar Road, Merton Park SW19 3JS) around 9.30 am to ride to Richmond Park in small groups. Solo cyclists are also very welcome.

After a ride around the park, we will settle for a picnic in the vicinity of Pembroke Lodge.  We will aim to return to Old Ruts by around 3 pm.  Non-cyclists are welcome to join us for the picnic from 11.00 pm.

So that we can get an idea of numbers and how much cake might be needed, please register for the event via the link below:

Register by Google Form: https://tinyurl.com/CycleNPicnic

Please bring your own snack or you can buy food and drink from one of the cafes in the park (Pembroke Lodge will be close by).  Anniversary cake will be provided

Please be aware, if you are a dog owner, that from 1st May until 31st July, it will be compulsory to have your dog on a lead in all areas of the park because of the deer birthing season.

We will be organising a special 40th-anniversary walk later in the year.

 

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Tandem Cycling with MSSC – Sat 16 April 2022

Group Photo of merton sport and social club members on a bike ride MSSC Events
Venue:
Old Rutlishians’ Sports Ground, Poplar Road, Merton Park SW19 3JS
Time:
various, please see post -
Phone:
Date:
16th April 2022
Cost:
To become a member of MSSC email membership@mssc.org.uk.


Tandem Cycling with MSSC

Merton Sport and Social Club (MSSC) run Tandem cycle rides on the first Sunday and third Saturday of each month.

Four different levels of rides are on offer, from Level 1 for beginners to the far more challenging Level 4 for experienced cyclists.

However, we can only run as many rides as we have ride leaders available.

 

Book event

A description of the different levels of the rides are below this section and on the online registration form.

Download directions:   Old Ruts from Morden Underground Station

MSSC’s tandems are now based at Old Rutlishians’ Sports Ground, Poplar Road, Merton Park SW19 3JS. 

Which is approximately within fifteen minutes’ walk of Morden Underground Station, Morden Road and Merton Park tram stops, South Merton Railway Station and several bus routes including the K5, 80, 93, 118, 154, 157, 163, 164, 201, 293 and 470.

However, please let us know if you would like to be met at a station, bus or tram stop and shown the route to Old Ruts, at least for the first time you come to the new venue.

If you have any issues with the online form, please get in touch. Email: tandemmanagement@mssc.org.uk

Ride difficulty Levels and  times below

Level 1
Short and flat: for those starting out or returning after a break.
Meet at 10.00 am, return by 1.00 am
Approximately 10-25km

– Level 2
Short with the occasional, gradual climb: for building confidence, bike skills and fitness.
Meet at 9.30 am, return by 2.00 pm
Approximately 25-40km

– Level 3
Long with some moderate climbs: for those wanting to push themselves and build their strength and endurance.
Meet at 9.00 am, return by 3.00 pm
Approximately 40-60km

– Level 4
Challenging with steep climbs – for those with a high level of endurance and strength, really wanting to push themselves.
Meet at 8.30 am, return by 3.30 pm
Approximately 60-100km

 

We are also delighted to report that we know of a couple of individuals in the area who would be happy to look after guide dogs while their owners are out cycling.  Let us know if you would like to take advantage of this kind offer. Email: tandemmanagement@mssc.org.uk

 

To find out how to become a member of MSSC and to pay the £15 annual subscription, please email membership@mssc.org.uk.

 

Please remember that considerable effort is made to try to secure enough pilots to make sure every stoker who registers has a place on a ride, so if you find you no longer need a place, we would appreciate knowing as soon as possible, as that is potentially one less pilot we need to find and your place could be offered to another stoker on the waiting list.  While we recognise that some changes to your plans are unavoidable, we ask that you check you are available before signing up for a ride and let us know immediately if you can no longer attend.

Look forward to seeing you on a ride soon.

MSSC Tandem Team

 

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