Grant yourself permission

many years ago, when I first became a cycling coach, one of my clients shared this little nugget of psychological wisdom. she wasn’t referring to cycling, but I found it an important lesson for just about anything in life. I immediately stole it and began using it as the preface to my skills clinics. it’s simple yet brilliant. I know you’re on the edge of your seat waiting to learn what this piece of advice might be. of course, if […]

Just Added: Bike Skills 301 (group riding), Oct 24th

You asked and we listened. Everybody wants to learn how to safely and efficiently ride with a group, whether that’s one riding partner or a 50-person peloton. So we added another session of our ever-popular Bike Skills 301 (co-ed pacelines + group riding) clinic to the fall calendar on Sunday, October 24th. This 4-hour co-ed clinic will teach you the fine art of wheel-sucking. Whether you’re a racer or a recreational rider, group riding skills will help you ride longer, […]

It’s not all about the road bike

Savvy Bike has two upcoming clinics for the dirt crowd, too! Bike Skills 102 — Mountain Bike Skills — Sunday, July 25th It’s time for a little dirty fun! We’ll teach you the basics (and not-so-basics) of balance, weight distribution, and how to use the terrain to your advantage. Learn to rock, roll, hop, and jump. Master the art of steep climbs. Learn to descend with confidence and skill. After just four hours, we guarantee you’ll be a better bike […]

How to do the Death Ride without really dying

After coaching last week’s Velo Girls Alpine Altitude Adventure camp, I wanted to share my top tips for Death Ride success. I’ve participated in the Death Ride three times (2010 will be my 4th). There are lots of ways to approach an event like this. Here are my best suggestions: #1 — Have a Plan. If you don’t have a plan, you’re less likely to keep on schedule, make the time cuts, and keep going when the day gets challenging. […]

Savvy Bike announces additional 2010 clinic dates

Due to popular demand, we’ve added a bunch of dates to our 2010 coaching calendar: Bike Skills 101 — Fundamental Bike Handling Skills sponsored by BicycleLawyer.com — Jul 17, Sep 18, Nov 13 This 4-hour clinic is the foundation of everything else you’ll learn on the bike. This is the clinic where we teach the old dogs new tricks and the newbies the fundamentals. You’ll learn about balance and weight distribution and how that affects your ability to ride your […]

Ladies, start your engines – NOW!

happy summer! by this point, you’ve probably had several solid months on the bike, completed a century or two, and are thinking “what’s next?” don’t let another year pass you by wishing you’d learned to road race. Velo Girls has just the program for you if you’ve tossed around the idea of racing — the Tri-Flow Women’s Development Racing Program. in this award-winning, innovative, learn-to-race program, you’ll work with a small team of other women just like you — women […]

Falling off the bike

There was a recent thread on the Velo Girls email group that prompted this post. In that thread, a rider commented that a specific local century ride was dangerous because the roads were in poor condition and that these roads caused at least three crashes during the event. With no disrespect to the original poster, I feel obliged to share some thoughts about these assertions. Roads do not cause crashes. Unskilled riders cause crashes. I’ve had the opportunity to ride […]