This year all entrants for Spin Up will receive a blue rubber wristband. Primarily these act as a sign that you've paid your money, "...so give me that free pint and let's get racing".
But they also have some other less obvious uses that stop them being consigned to the event memorabilia section of the shed.
How about using it as an emergency light bracket? Works with any cylindrical lights and lights with plastic clips.
Or how about keeping your tools, pump and spare tyre in a neat little bundle that sits perfectly in a rear jersey pocket?
Both these options get used a LOT over at Morvélo as bikes are in constant rotation (so light brackets are often forgotten) and they have a dislike for cluttering up the look of a bike with saddle packs.
Try them. Well buy at ticket for Spin Up first, collect your wristband, then try them :-)
Short and simple. They'll be free WiFi at Spin Up this year so you can keep updating your social networks whilst you're there, making sure all those that din't make it feel gutted. Or something like that :-)
Two riders locked in a psychological battle, inching forward, who will be first to crack? The distance slowly winds down as the riders warily watch each other. Then a sudden explosion, a reaction and desperate race to the line. And the race is over.
We have all seen the cat and mouse sprinting games at the end of long breakaway stages of the tours, or the sprint events at the Olympics and now how about that on rollers in front of a crowd.
As a slight departure from the usual 3,2,1, Go! Furious racing and post a time, South Coast Sprints have been running Match Sprints interspersed between the usual Roller racing tournament battles.
3,2,1, GO! And off the riders amble... eyeing the needles on the clock neither want the other to get too far ahead. Slowly but surely the pace will lift until one rider will make a break for it.
Its only about 100m of flat out effort but just as much fun ( if not more!!)
Why not challenge your friends. Best of three, winner stays on anyone?
Welcome to Match Sprints.
Not content with having a couple of barrels loaded onto a bike, the mobile bike bar now sports a pump and bar space for racking up those drinks. Sure, it may hinder its climbing prowess but the bar pump acts like a great line of site for the downhills. Or so we imagine. Plus always a refreshing drink when you reach your destination.
To add a bit of spice to the ride outs there will be various free beer tokens out on route. The "competition" starts ahead of the first round of spinning at Spin Up in a Brewery, as we will be placing beer tokens along the ride-out routes (road and MTB) for riders to collect and exchange for beer when they arrive at the Dark Star Brewery in Partridge Green, Sussex.
Some will be at the top of climbs for the fit people. Like a Strava KOM but instead you get rewarded with free beer! Others will be down diversions so you'll have to take a detour to get them. Others will be hidden on the actual route but you'll need to keep a watchful eye on bushes, street signs, trees etc. Whichever way you look at it there is ample opportunity to bag some free drinks even before you get to Spin Up, and all you have to do is join our Ride Outs.
Rpm90 are yet another great Sussex bicycle company and we're chuffed that they'll be coming to Spin Up and showing you what they do.
As a brief intro, Rpm90 are dedicated to riding the World’s best roads whilst offering you a professional service. Catering for road cyclists who want to experience quality routes without the fuss of a self organised tour, taking care of the details so you don’t have to. There are following support vehicles with spares, nutritional products and your additional clothing should the weather turn unpleasant, a Cytech qualified mechanic looks after your bike during your stay and professional massage therapists are on hand to aid the recovery of your legs.
So we fully expect they will be a line of people seeing where their next summer holiday should take them and to help aid the decision Rpm90 are giving away a £300 voucher towards your next holiday with them! This will be a spot prize so not just the fast folk who have a chance to win this great opportunity.
They will also be giving away cycle caps as more spot prizes and the obligatory stickers to everyone. We'll leave you to have a browse: