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From Julie Ireland to Sidney Schuman

I did a quick Google of ‘professional cyclist‘s diet‘ and ‘what to eat in the lead up to cycle race‘ - quite a lot of rubbish came up (as is the case on the internet), but I found quite a nice website with a few ideas: http://www.bicycling.com/news/2011-tour-de-france/14—ways-eat-cyclist-tour-de-france Basically, I think your diet is absolutely fine the way it is! The website above has some good ideas that would be good to include in your diet, (most of which you do already!), irrespective of whether you are training to set a record or not. I was particularly drawn to the soybeans/tofu, the use of turmeric, cherries, ‘tasting the rainbow‘, cucumber, papaya and B vitamins... Anyway, in the lead up to your velodrome venture, I think you need the support of a team: We (your family and friends) would like to be ‘Team Dad/Sidney‘... but to be the best and most supportive of teams, we need to be part of your plans - anything you do, or decide to do, or can't decide to do or not, should be run by your team, so that we can advise you accordingly! Maybe we should have team meetings? Or maybe you should start writing a journal and time-line (to show us) of what has been done to prepare for this (what has been booked, who has been paid) and what you still have to do to prepare (any more bookings? journalists to contact? training to do?)... this is an exciting venture Dad (and we want to share it with you! So... in a TeamDad advisory role, can I tentatively suggest that maybe you need to have a ride round the velodrome a few more times on one of their bikes? You know what it's like when you try a completely new bike - it feels odd and weird (odd AND weird!), but after a few rides, it starts to feel more normal and comfortable. Rather than committing to having a new track bike built by Chas Roberts, (at great expense - the same as two Cornwall holidays, probably!!), I think you need to investigate riding the velodrome bikes more often, to get more used to them? Try not to get caught up in impulsive decision-making Dad - and think about how such decisions might affect those close to you - try to weigh up the long-term consequences with the short term gains...

 

From Julie Ireland to Chris Boardman

My Dad, Sidney Schuman, is hoping to set a world 'hour' record at the Olympic (Lee Valley) Velodrome on the evening of 5th September this year. It will be his 84th birthday exactly a week later, so his record will be in the 'over 80' age bracket. With your expertise in this particular field, I wondered if you would be able to provide my Dad with some advice on how to prepare, both physically and psychologically in the lead up to, and during, the event (Dad's racing background, many years ago, was on the road, in particular time-trialling - his first experience of track cycling was just a couple of months ago, when the Olympic Velodrome opened their doors to 'taster sessions'). Maybe you would even have time to join us (Dad and TeamDad/Sidney - comprising his family and friends!) at the Velodrome on 5th  September. This exciting venture is a celebration of Dad's return to fitness... but I think it could also be inspiration to young and old, cyclists and non-cyclists alike - in organising and training for this event, Dad is showing how you can, no matter how old you are, try new things and set yourself new targets and make your dreams a reality...

 

From Ruby Wolk to Sidney Schuman

Just had a chance to read your 'Velodrome log' now. I feel compelled to tell you HOW AMAZINGLY PROUD I AM! (yes I did mean for that to be in capital letters). What you are doing is so fabulous and possibly the coolest thing a dad / grandpa has ever done. I hope your training and quest for higher handlebars goes well. Whilst there is inevitably a certain amount of pressure on you to achieve the best you can on 5th Sept, try to make sure you enjoy it for what it is and don't worry if your original expectations are not met. Apart from anything else, this is a wonderful opportunity for our friends and family to get together on 5th Sept to cheer you on and enjoy the glory of being part of your life. Looking forward to our 7 day Sidney Meeting (AKA holiday to Cornwall) and I am sure Jem in particular will be able to give you lots of words of wisdom!

 

From Julie Ireland to media outlets

My Dad, Sidney Schuman, is hoping to set a world 'hour' record at the Olympic (Lee Valley) Velodrome on the evening of 5th September this year. It will be his 84th birthday exactly a week later, so his record will be in the 'over 80' age bracket. Dad's amateur racing background, many years ago, was on the road, in particular time-trialling - his first experience of track cycling was just a couple of months ago, when the Lee Valley VeloPark opened their doors to 'taster sessions'. The velodrome staff have recently arranged for Dad to have sole use of the track for one hour per week in the lead up to the 'big day', giving him the opportunity to (in his own words) 'do what I needed to do on the track without having to avoid the fast men'. I wondered whether you would be interested in covering my Dad's exciting venture? His crazy velodrome mission is an opportunity to celebrate on many levels: It is a celebration of Dad's return to fitness, after two major accidents involving his bicycle and his hips, 8 and 4 years ago, surgery and convalescence It is a celebration of our precious NHS, who fixed him after his accidents, but also enabled him to avoid further surgery and re-gain his confidence and strength on his bicycle (thank-you to the Physiotherapy department at Lewisham hospital!). It is a demonstration that the 2012 Olympic legacy endures - without the Lee Valley Velopark opening their track to the public for 'taster sessions', Dad would not have hatched his plan to set this record (coincidently round the corner from where he was born and brought up). Dad's extraordinary zeal for setting himself new challenges (this isn't the first bicycle-related challenge he's set himself in recent years!), is an inspiration to us all, young and old, cyclists and non-cyclists alike. In organising and training for this event, Dad is showing that it is possible to be motivated to try new things, to learn new things, no matter how old you are, to set yourself new targets and to make your dreams a reality. Even if he doesn't exceed the hour record recently set by the 102-year-old Robert Marchand (just under 17 miles!) we will be immensely proud of him and the example he has set his friends and family. This is a story that should inspire all to challenge themselves to try something that they never thought they could do... or even just get family and friends together! In Dad's words (again) 'What's happening is that I'm learning every time I ride on the track, every time I think about it afterwards and I'll still be learning well after 8pm on 5th September. My enjoyment of the journey is built on that - setting a record is a bonus'. Maybe you would even have time to join us (Dad and TeamDad/Sidney - comprising his family and friends!) at the Velodrome on 5th September, between 6 and 8pm.

 

From Mark Holmes to Sidney Schuman

I'm a friend of Ann Sydney as we used to live opposite in Springbank Road. My partner Stella & I (& our kids) were at Ann's 50th & 60th parties, where we will have met. I'm also a bit of a cycling fan. So it was a genuine pleasure and privilege to be able to witness your tremendous, and historic, feat on Friday night. What a fantastic evening! Along with the awe-inspiring venue (my first visit inside), the music, the commentary, and the vocal support of your family and friends - and complete strangers - the thing that sticks with me most is the astonishing consistency of your ride. From almost the first lap to the last, you maintained a pace, a world-record pace, and kept it going. That is a truly skilful performance. Sorry I couldn't wait around at the end to congratulate you in person - we now live out in the wilds of east Kent, and UCI drugs tests and train timetables don't mix! But, may I place on record now my great respect and very best wishes. And I hope you are enjoying a thoroughly deserved restful weekend. Congratulations!

 

From Nigel Derby to Sidney Schuman

My heartiest congratulations and enormous admiration for what you did last Friday. It was magnificent. Joan, Liam and I were noting how you kept absolutely still above the waist, not a movement. You sat up with hands on the top bars for one or two laps in the middle, to ease your back I presume, and then got back into the crouch. You didn't move your head an inch left or right but I think I could see a smile on your face at times as you came past. We weren't given individual lap times, only an over-all average, but I think you did the first two or three laps at 29km pace and then settled into 28.4km unchanged for the rest of the 114. Absolutely perfect  technique. Liam was worried that your average speed on the board was coming steadily downwards but I explained that this was just mathematics and an effect of the fast time on the first few laps. Your overall average speed was asymptotically approaching your actual speed. I am a little ashamed that you contacted me first, before Joan and I contacted you. We were meant to send you a congratulatory card but haven't got our act together yet. We will and  hopefully will see you soon. Are you going to attempt the 85-89yo hour record next year? I expect you've been asked this a lot. Congratulations and best wishes.

 

Thank you one and all

Thanks for the many other messages of support, before and after the event, that I received by email, facebook and twitter - too many to include here. Most of these were from family and friends but many were from people who weren't there on the night but had heard about it. It all added up to a great family occasion.