Equipe Flamme Rouge  

Gunsite Grupetto ~ December Base 2

Depart Time ~ Sat/Sun 8:30 sharp, or when I arrive; whichever's the latter!

Ride Activity ~ Dec 21st & 22nd Undulating Champ

Performance Level ~ Steady, Over-geared, Climbing; loads of "catch" loops

Gunsite Gregario's ~ Tailwind Hunting

Depart Time ~ Wednesday 9:15 sharp, weather permitting!

Ride Activity ~ December ~ Chronic Training Load Building

Performance Level ~ 90 minutes tempo leg stretcher "with surges"

If you're a Grupetto regular, why not join us on Strava and compare notes?

This Month's Routes ~ Undulating Strength Work


Road Captains
Our training rides have designated, skilled and experienced road captains keeping everyone on track and together.  Our primary aim is to get fit safely.  At times a road captain may take control of the group by moving to the front to control pace and direction.

Road Captains

Riders at the front who are unaware of the route, training segment and/or required pace, will lead to pack uncertainty, uncertainty leads to confusion and confusion leads to crashes.  We've had an excellent safety record over the last ten years because everyone followed these simple guidelines; to keep yourself and others safe this season, please take a few minutes to read them.

Be Good, Ride Hard, Suffer Well...

The Rebel Alliance Charter ~ Team Rules!


Gunsite Grupetto ~ Getting back in formation...

  1. Leave your ego at home, you won't need it
        We're training to race, not racing; leave that for when you have a number on your back

  2. Ensure you are self-sufficient ~ bring sufficient drink, food, puncture repair kit, clothing, etc
        Don't ruin the ride of others because you are under prepared

  3. During the "Training Season" (Oct to Mar) mudguards would be nice ~ if not stay at the back!
        Three hours in the rain is bad enough with out eating dirt from the wheels of others

  4. Ride two abreast, shoulder to shoulder at all times ~ and hold your line
        There should never be more than a bike length between you and the riders around you

  5. If you don't know the person next to you; introduce yourself ~ it's how I met my wife...
       Keep your head up and forward at all times, when talking don't look at the other person, they have ears

  6. Unless it's a sprint, climb or segment, whatever you do, do it slowly!
        Braking, accelerating, stopping should all be done with consideration for those around you

  7. We don't shout or scream ~ information is passed down the line calmly and quietly!
        Non-believers already think cyclists are lunatics; let's not reinforce their prejudices

  8. Don't cross the central white line ~ unless you have to, to avoid creating a potential accident
       We ride vigorously and spiritedly while on the road, it's okay it's allowed, just say on our side of it

  9. Enjoy what we're doing ~ we're not a club, we're a team, a happy team; remember to smile
        No complaining, no moaning, no negative chatter, save it for the workplace; this is life, live it!

  10. Respect The Charter ~ be nice to people, say hello to others, and if anyone asks...
        You're Spartacus...!

EFR ~ Gunsite Grupetto Activity

Here's what Equipe Flamme Rouge riders, around the globe, have been doing this week...

Below and to the right are my recent contributions to our team's total...