This week, 21 cyclists have pedalled through the doors of Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, Tedworth House, in the hope of securing a place on the British Armed Forces cycling team for the Invictus Games.
Having arrived on Sunday evening, cyclists were straight into Monday morning with a six second peak power and three minutes mean power testing session followed by a 40km road ride, and the training didn’t stop there!
The agenda for Tuesday was a trip to Great Durnford for individual 22km time trials, and a corrective mobility session. Another 40km team time trial started the day on Wednesday followed by a slightly more relaxing afternoon of active recovery in yoga and utilising the swimex, sauna and steam room facilities at the Recovery Centre.
Thursday saw the Invictus Games hopefuls head off to ‘Odd Down Cycle Circuit’ in Bath for the day to practice basic track skills and experience a 30 minute Criterium Race on either a hand cycle/trike or road bike.
Lead strength and conditioning coach at Help for Heroes, Jonpaul Nevin commented; “The aim of this week’s cycling training camp has been to provide a consolidated training package for our Invictus Games hopefuls. The camp has been a huge success and all of the riders have had a great, albeit physically challenging experience.”
The week of training was rounded off with another 40km ride before goodbyes and departure for a weekend of well-earned rest! There were some very tired looking faces on arrival back at Tedworth House on Friday but all were happy, looking forward to the trials at the end of the month and finding out who has made the team!