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Masterclass sessions for March and April 2014

Our Masterclass skills sessions started in September 2013 and to date have been very successful.  The plans are to continue running these sessions each year from September through to April, with a break over winter.

For March it’s part two of the Junior Development series and planning is currently underway with a draft date of Sunday 9th March at 9:30am. 

The session current planned for April is Team Time Trials but since it’s the last one for this round of sessions I am interested in hearing your ideas for a topic or topics to be covered in the April session.   It can be a repeat of a session already done or something new.

If you have any suggestions for what you would like included in the April Masterclass session please contact us.


(NB: The April date is likely to be the weekend of the 19th-20th)

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Jason Mahoney Tuesday 25 February 2014 at 1:15 pm | | News | No comments

Important change to February Masterclass sessions

I have just received advice from the park managers at Stromlo that due to a large Cross Country running event being held on the morning of the 23rd that they will not permit the criterium track to be used during that time. 

The cross country event is scheduled to finish at 11:30 so unfortunately this means I need to push the two Masterclass sessions back to slightly later in the day.

I have contacted all currently registered participants via email however at this stage the revised times are now:

Handicap Racing session => 11:30am - 1pm
Sprinting Session => 1:15pm - 2:45pm

I appreciate that these times may lead to some people not being able to attend and if that's the case I am very sorry.   Depending on how many of the currently registered people are unable to make the revised times I may consider moving the sessions to the Saturday.  If this occurs I will provide a further update at that time.

Once again - my apologies for this change to the scheduled sessions.


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Jason Mahoney Tuesday 11 February 2014 at 5:24 pm | | News | No comments

Needed: Riders for a free coached session – Thursday 30th Jan

Just putting a big shout out to all riders. I am in need of around 7 riders to attend a 'special' coached training session at 6am on Thursday 30th January 

The session will include a combination of skills and sprint interval work.  The skills included will be obstacle jumping and feed zone skills such as taking bidons.

The session will be coached by Vicki Whitelaw. Vicki is currently in the final stages of completing her level 2 coaching qualification and this session will assist her meet the assessment requirements.

Details of the session are as follows:
Time & Location: 6am Thursday 30th January at Dairy Flat rd, meeting at southern entrance (Fyshwick end).  See map for exact location.
Duration: The session should be finished by approx 7:20am
Requirements:Must have a current Cycling Australia licence (must bring it with you on the morning), have a fully working and safe road bike & Australian Standards approved helmet.

Ability Level: Due to the nature of this session it is more suited to intermediate or elite level cyclists.  Anyone interested in racing NRS type events with feed zones would benefit from this session.

If you would like to attend the session can you please contact me and provide your name, email address and a brief (2-3 lines max) description of your riding/racing experience. My contact details are:

Jason Mahoney, Argonaut Cycle Coaching
phone: 0437972768

Many thanks

Jason Mahoney Monday 20 January 2014 at 12:37 pm | | News, Training Sessions | One comment

Important changes to UCI Time Trial Bike setup for 2014

Just prior to Christmas the UCI announced some very important changes to the regulations regarding the set up of time trial bikes.  These rule changes affect anyone who races in a Cycling Australia affiliated club or national time trial event.

The rule changes affect the use of the morphological exemptions for the 5cm seat setback and the 75cm handlebar extension reach rules. 


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Jason Mahoney Monday 20 January 2014 at 08:40 am | | News | No comments

To split, or not to split. That is the question.

It’s one of the most common questioned asked in cycling forums and to coaches worldwide.  Is there any from benefit or problem if I split my days training into two rides?

This question is of significant importance to the vast majority of cyclists, most of whom complete training sessions on their way to work and then when they commute home afterwards.  Seldom does the ‘commuting’ cyclist have time for ultra long training session in the morning and anything before a 5am wake up call for many would be deemed hazardous to your health.

But, where does that leave your training?   Can you get by with shorter morning rides or by splitting the days training into two sessions?  It probably won’t surprise you that there is no single answer to this question other than the classic ‘it all depends’.

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Jason Mahoney Monday 02 December 2013 at 2:22 pm | | Tips | No comments

Discipline vs Desire

Discipline is having the self control to do what’s necessary to improve your performance, while desire is the drive that sets our goals and wants us to succeed.

While both of these are absolutely necessary to achieve your best they don’t always play nicely together.  For example if you’re starting to feel a little tired and sluggish but you have a session planned for that day, what should you do?   Desire wants us to ride.  Desire wants us to make sure we don’t miss out on any training sessions that will help us be the best.  However, discipline wants us to have a rest.  Discipline knows that recovery is as important as training to reach our goals.    Which ‘voice’ you listen to will ultimately dictate what you do for the day.

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Jason Mahoney Friday 08 November 2013 at 08:04 am | | Default, News, Race Reports, Rider Info, Tips, Training Sessions, Linkdump | No comments

Identifying threshold power - Cherry picking data

It's not always convenient to schedule and complete a performance test during a training program.  Fortunately there are several other ways in which you can keep tabs on changes in performance and identify if your training zones need updating. Previous blog posts have looked at using histograms and the various testing option, however there is another method that can be used to determine threshold power, it’s called Cherry Picking and it can be a useful method for riders who use a power meter.


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Jason Mahoney Tuesday 05 November 2013 at 09:22 am | | Tips | No comments

Rotor Q-Rings. First impressions and long term review

Back in mid 2012, when I was first looking at getting back on the bike after my lengthy illness I was quite interested in trying the Rotor Q-rings. I had been following the evolution of these for a number of years but had never had access to a set to try out before deciding to commit to purchasing some.  In the past I have tested a rider using oval chainrings and there was a reduced heart rate for a set power output and I have been keen to try them ever since.  As it so happened I lucked upon a set, albeit a large set (44/54) when I purchased my last SRM.  They sat in my garage a while and then I lent them to a rider who, unfortunately never got to use them (injury).  Once I got back on the bike I installed them to see how they felt.  The following is my first impressions, after having ridden them for just over a week (back in Aug 2012) as well as my longer term review.

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Jason Mahoney Friday 01 November 2013 at 10:05 am | | News | One comment
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