Thursday, June 12, 2014

Wet but fun Skills Clinic

We did it! That sums up the great attitudes from the participants in the June 7th skills clinic. What seemed like the perfect storm for a rain out became the prime example of perseverance, determination and with out any doubt FUN! It was raining the morning of the clinic. Non the less rain or shine we can and will ride. As I set up base camp the lighting was tapering off and I could see per weather radar the threatening weather was gone. WHEW! We can ride. After gathering all the participants we had a little chat under the tent while a good burst of rain fell. After explaining the day and the expectations I gave all the option to ride or not, but I for sure was ready and so where they. I only took a few photos due to the rain.

The age range was 12-71. Tell me cycling is not for the young and older together. I know many people think I can or have been riding a bicycle for a long time and I know how to ride safely! Trust me I thought the same thing until I went through the clinic. The skills you learn in the basics is the starting line to the advanced skills that can come in handy on any solo or group ride. You will not only learn how to ride safely but how to avoid the possible accident which can ruin anyone's ride. One more basic clinic this summer July 27th. For you advanced riders the advanced clinic is July 13th. To participate in the advanced clinic you should know how to ride in a straight line, ride in your drops, how to avoid obstacles, how to look back and see what is behind you while riding a straight line.
Hope to ride with all of you sometime soon. Check out the SPIN! Pizza rides as we learn how to ride in a group and hopefully bring back the True nature of the Group ride!
Nice e-mail form two of the attendees.
Hi Michael,
Despite the rain Carla and I both got a lot out of your clinic this past Saturday. We rode Sunday and the gear shifting/hill technique finally clicked in for her!  Even after 6 years of self-taught riding you showed me some great stuff not to mention the need to change some bad habits. Even with the $10 USAC day fee the clinic was a bargain! Highly recommend to anyone.

Best regards, Jim 


I want to say "Thanks" for the instruction Saturday.  I think the information shared will be quite useful as I continue to develop as a cyclist.  I look forward to attending your advanced class in July at which time I would like to discuss other steps I might take to reach my potential as a rider.

Thanks again,

Catch you rolling on the Road:
Coach Ruder

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