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Check out the skills classes being offered this summer 2019

The Western Wheelers Bicycle Club is excited to announce that this summer the club will be hosting three different bicycle handling and riding skills classes.  These classes are the product of a joint effort between the WWBC Safety committee and lead instructor Matt McNamara of Sterling Sports Group.  There are three different levels of classes, all of which run for 3-4 hours.   Meeting details will be provided after registration begins.  

Tier 1:

Cycling Fundamentals Safe and Fast!


This foundational class focuses on the fundamentals of bike handling and situational awareness.


Skills that will be covered:

- Emergency Stop Technique and Positioning

- Navigating Common Road Hazards – rocks, sand, and water

- Low Speed Handling Course with slalom, tight turning, braking drills, balance drills

- Contact Drills On Grass

- 360 degree situational awareness


Club members with no previous formal training, REGARDLESS of which Western Wheelers groups they ride with, are strongly encouraged to take this class. The focus of this class is bicycle handling for riders of all experience levels.

This class does not include road and traffic skills.

This class will be conducted at the  Foothill College campus.  Class length is 3-4 hours.  

Tier 2A:

Climbing and Descending-It’s all about the technique!

This class covers the techniques you need for effective climbing and fun, safe descending.   

Skills that will be covered:

- Cornering Techniques: Apex, late apex, early apex turning

- Hip steering and “disconnecting” bike and rider

- Braking Techniques: Before corner, mid corner course corrections

- Body position for  efficient climbing and safe descending

- Standing and shifting on climbs


This advanced class requires that you be fully proficient in the skills taught in the foundational class (emergency stops, avoidance, effective braking, etc).  If not, we strongly recommend that you complete the Cycling Fundamentals class before taking this course.


This class will be conducted at Montebello Road and Redwood Gulch.  Class length is 3-4 hours. 

Tier 2B:

Working Together and Having Fun - Group Riding Essentials!

This group riding class is perfect for those looking to raise their awareness and comfort when riding with others. 

Skills that will be covered:

- Close quarters group riding – the paceline

- Advanced pace lines – echelons, different paceline options and rotations

- Advanced Cornering in tight spaces

- Motor pacing

-Advanced contact drills and games




This advanced class requires that you be fully proficient in the skills taught in the foundational class (emergency stops, avoidance, effective braking, etc).  If not, we strongly recommend that you complete the Cycling Fundamentals class before taking this course.


This class will be conducted in Fremont, exact location TBD.   Class length is 3-4 hours.

SKILLS CLASS SCHEDULE - SUMMER 2019

Tier 1:  Cycling Fundamentals Tier 2A: Climbing and Descending Tier 2B:  Group Riding Essentials!

 July 25 – Thursday PM*

 August 3 – Saturday AM  August 15 – Thursday PM
 July 27 - Saturday AM*

 August 24 – Saturday AM -

     (Women Only)

 

 July 30 – Tuesday PM -

          (Women Only)

   

  *AM classes will meet at 8:00 a.m. for an 8:15 roll out.  *PM classes will meet at 4:00 p.m. for a 4:15 roll out

Each date above is a link to the registration page for that day's class-If you have any problems registering contact the webmaster at webmaster@westernwheelers.org.  

LOGISTICS/PAYMENT-Registration for all classes will open on Wednesday June 19, 2019 at 5 pm. At that time there will be links to each classes registration page in the table above.   Information about meeting times and places will be sent to all registrants prior to their class.

The cost to Western Wheelers who are on family or individual memberships in good standing (no guests, please) is $50 per student per class. All students must register through the Western Wheelers website. (Note that the $50 cost for participants represents a discounted rate subsidized by WWBC.)

Payment is due in full at the time of registration and is non-refundable.  Registrations may be transferred to other club members in good standing.


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR - Matt McNamara is a certified skills instructor through USA Cycling, co-creator of USA Cycling’s Beginner Racer Program (BRP), and a certified Level 1 coach with distinction. In addition, he coaches at the Regional Talent ID Camps each year and has led the U.S. National Team at the Junior Tour of Ireland twice. Over the past several years his attention has turned to the safety and efficacy of non-racers by developing  criteria and a curriculum that serves a broad audience and makes the sport safer for all who enjoy it.

Please direct any questions about Western Wheelers Bicycle Skills sessions to Bill Sherwin, Skills/Training/Safety Chair, at .



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