The devil is in the detail


It has been a joy to watch the new path being built at Peloton’s HQ, Butley Barns.  Guy and Andrew have laid every block with meticulous pride and have clearly enjoyed the process.  In my excitement I have posted some random tweets with pictures of it in half finished states, which have caused some confused responses. “What in God’s name is a bike runway?” was one!

The reason why it has got me so excited, is not just the workmanship that has gone in or that I think it really is a thing of beauty.  It is because of what it represents.  The path makes it possible for group rides to start safely off the road and to swing in at the end of a ride and down the drive.  It links the road round to the back of the gym to the all-weather training and transition area.  Which means that we can run triathlon transition training, so athletes can come straight out of the Endless pool and pracise their transition from wetsuit to bike and head straight out to the road.

The thing that really excites me though, is that the path is representative of what Peloton is striving to achieve.  In itself this path is just one detail to help make training with Peloton different – better.  We believe in that old saying “the devil is in the detail” and that by focussing on every detail we will make Peloton Training camps the best and for any athlete who is serious about improving they will be a must-have element of their training programme.

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Equistone Ride

Peloton ran the Equistone Private Equity’s second annual supported ride this year, which was 85 miles from High Wycombe to Stow-on-the-wold.  The conditions were perfect and it felt like the first proper day of summer.  The route, though was much more challenging with around 1500 meters of climbing, so although being a slightly shorter ride was definitely a bigger ask.  

Unfortunately, there were a couple of late drop outs.  One person had actually been knocked off their bike the day before in the London traffic.  However, there were still 9 of the team up for the challenge.

The lunch and ride nutrition snacks supplied by Peter Harrison went down really well.  In fact there was an awkward moment when it came down to the last couple of rhubarb flapjacks but fortunately, they all managed to remain amicable.

There wasn’t a single puncture and were very few mechanicals, so the longest stop was caused by one of the team who after being a little over eager attacking a couple of the hills after the lunch stop needed to take a timeout in the support vehicle after needing a short consultation with the hedgerow to bring back some of Peter’s nutrition!  It was impressive to see him get back on the bike and ride to the finish with the rest of the team, who rode into their finish in the Cotswolds to a hero’s welcome and a well deserved team dinner.

Well done to all the Equistone riders and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

Here are some comments from them:

“For the second year running we have used Peloton to support our UK team bike ride. Alex provided a first class planning, navigation and on-ride support service for our cyclists, ensuring their safety on the road and protection from motorists. The support vehicle included full mechanical provisions. Peloton’s chef had assembled highly nutritional food, snacks and drinks for along the route.

We will definitely be engaging Peloton’s support services for all of our future bike rides as their professionalism and knowledge are an essential and invaluable part of our annual event’s success.”