I was very pleased to have been able to take “my” team to Carmichael Training Systems for a cycling skills camp. The only bad thing was so many of the riders missed it. Still, I think everyone had a great time.
We started the morning with a short ride to a nearby school with a large ball field complex. There we rode around on the grass and worked on basic skills. The team practiced riding slow, riding one-handed, they tried to pick a water bottle up from the ground while still on the bike (I’ve only been able to do it once in two years!), pacelines, drafting, group riding etiquette, hydration, food/nutrition intake management…. whew!
We could have hardly asked for better weather. The temperature was in the mid 60s, and it was a mostly sunny day. After the morning ride (10.25 miles) we had a tasty lunch at a local eaterie- Pescados (I had a shrimp buritto which was huge!). Some of us over-ate and paid for it on the afternoon ride (I only ate half of my buritto, so it wasn’t me). There were no “technicolor yawns”, but it was close! Talk about a lesson well learned! LOL, what a waste of a buritto that would have been! The afternoon ride (climbing and decending skills) was also 10 miles.
The team learned climbing skills, how to set up a decending turn, s-curves, taking a curve when you cannot see around the corner, braking, shifting, staying safley in your lane, group safety, etc.
The whole day was instructive and a lot of fun. There were only a few falls, and they were on the grass while riding slow so no injuries! Hooray!!! The riders who missed the training missed a whole lot of fun too!
At 20.2 miles, it was also our longest team ride yet. Andy and his fellow coach Tristan were both great. What a great day!!!!