|English piece about WTOS|
Welcome to the WTOS website!Here you will find some information about WTOS in English.
WTOS is the only student cycling club in and around Delft established in 1983. Most of the WTOS members are students at the TU-Delft but employees of the TU-Delft are also welcome to join.
WTOS is composed of different groups which combined give the club almost 200 members. Among them are a group of about 50 motivated students who attend races every weekend and can be found training up to 5 times a week. Those competitive cyclists are distinguishable by the blue and grey WTOS racing colors.
A very large group of our members does not have the need for racing and training frequently, they cycle for fun making tours around the countryside. Here, everybody can keep up with the pace, and the cycling is also about meeting other people and socializing. But don't be fooled by the "non competitive" image these cyclist have, during the long distance rides some of them will always imagine a finish line at random points resulting in sprints and sudden jumps.
Road trainingDuring the summer season, the road training is held on Monday and Thursday evening. The training contains a 60km route through the dunes by the North Sea. After everybody gathers at the sports centre on the Mekelweg 8, the group will be split up into two or three groups. This split ensures that everybody can ride at the pace they want, ranging from full on race pace to just riding relaxed. The slowest group will always adapt to the slowest riders, so no man will be left behind.
During the 60km ride the first and last couple of kilometers will be used as a warming up and cooling down respectively. In between there are several occasions to practice the cycling basics like sprinting and riding in formation.
On Tuesday a special training for the racing team will be held. This training is physically heavy, and will be managed by one of the experienced racers. The training ranges from interval and sprint to time trial training or attending a local training-race. Officially this training is only open to the WTOS members that have a race license. If you don't have a racing license, but are an experienced cyclist and would like to attend this training you can contact the WTOS board.
Off-road trainingDuring the summer season a relatively small group of mountain bikers can be found honing in their skills on some of the nearby courses. The off-road training will be held every Wednesday evening, and will depart from the sports centre located on the "Mekelweg 8". The training will head to three different places around Delft.
"Het Elsenburgerbos" a park nearby Rijswijk, containing nice facilities for technical orientated training. Officially it's not a mountain bike course, but you'll be amazed by the opportunities and tracks that can be found lying around. When training in this park, one of the more experienced mountain bikers will lead the training, giving everybody the opportunity to learn from each others skills.
The mountain bike course of Zoetermeer, used for the European mountain biking championship last year is a physically tough course. Build on an old waste dump this course features some serious climbing and descending. It's not a technical course, but the steep short climbs following each other up rapidly make for some proper interval training. After this ferocious training the group will head back to Delft, the ride will take about 20 minutes during which you can socialize with the others ore get rid of your last energy for the day.
The mountain bike course of Bergschenhoek, is the longest of the three courses (about 10 km). Build on three different waste dump hills this course features some proper climbing. Overall it's more technical than Zoetemeer and it features some longer climbs. And because the course is about 45 minutes of cycling away from Delft you won't need any warming up or cooling down.
Other activitiesBesides the weekly training WTOS organises some other activities:
WTOS KMK, is the WTOS weekend to meet all new WTOS members. The weekend is usually held somewhere around may, in mountains of Belgium or Germany. The weekend features plenty of road and off-road adventures. And for the competitive riders there is usually some kind of challenge and trophy to win. Of course the most important part of the weekend is getting to know everybody in the club.
WTOS 10 km Time trial, every third Wednesday of the month the real time trail heroes gather next to the A13 highway to compete in the monthly 10 km time trial. Whether you're aiming to break the current club record at 12:43.18, or you're only competing with your personal record, you are always welcome.
WTOS La Una time trial, during the season everybody gathers in the windy surroundings of Delft. But this time the wind will be your friend in this epic 1km time trial. La Una is always held in the wind direction with a flying start giving the opportunities for average speeds of up to 61km/h
WTOS La Duo time trial, at the start of the season La Duo will be held. This is a time trial for couples. Here it's all about cooperating properly with your team mate on this 28km course.
WTOS La Ultimo time trial, at the end of the season everybody gets the opportunity to test their individual strength on a longer time trial. Here the 28km course that's also used for La Duo will be ridden individually. This one is mainly dominated by the hardcore cyclists because of the wild weather and strong winds during this time of the year.
WTOS NME (new mountain bike event), is a time trial for the off-road fanatics. The course was once designed to be comparable to the 10km time trial, and is therefore very fast and physically intense. The race will be individual and contains 9 round of about 2 minutes time. Held three times a year this is the place to show of your mountain biking skills and beat the current record of 17:35.
WTOS club championships, to show that you're the ultimate racer or mountain biker of the club, we also organise a proper club championship every year. With a nice trophy at stake this is the place to lose everybody through superiors racing tactics. But since the championships will be held only once a year, you're not the only one trying to get to the finish line first. The championships contain a road race, a mountain bike race and a cyclocross race which is held during the winter. There is also a trophy for combined riding of the road and mountain bike race.
So do you feel like racing your bike? Or are you just looking for mates to ride with? Become a member of WTOS by filling in the form. A membership of WTOS will cost you only € 20 a year and can be started any time. When you register before 1 December and own a TU-Delft Sports card, you are even getting a set of free cycling clothes.
If you have got a question about anything concerning WTOS, don't hesitate and contact the WTOS Board by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or just catch us at one of the WTOS events or trainings. You can find the complete board and contact details here. It is also possible to ask any bike related question on the forum or in the specially made english board.
Christan Teunissen (email@example.com)