Calling All ‘Cross Clinics

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Cyclocross Magazine is working hard to keep ‘cross growing. We think cyclocross clinics are invaluable in helping new folks learn the sport in a fun way, and have been getting a lot of questions from folks looking for a clinic near them.  To address this need, we’re building a list of ‘cross clinics across the country as a resource for newbies.  Please post any ‘cross clinic info below in a comment – it doesn’t have to be your own – just one you know about.  Please post date, location, time, fee (if any) and website url and contact info if you have it.

 

 

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Michelle
Michelle

Looking for something in IA, MN, or IL...

Kim Bailey
Kim Bailey

Cary, NC Cyclocross Training Series

Charlie Pendry
[email protected]

The popular five week cyclo-cross training series is back again for 2008! Held in a location that is easily accessible to everyone in the Triangle, the series is a great way to hone your skills before the start of the NC Cyclo-cross series:

The goal of the series is to give area riders a natural progression into the cyclo-cross season so they begin the race season fully prepared and adapted to the dismounts and rhythm unique to cross.
The earlier workouts are easier and less difficult, with more focus on form and technique. Workouts will progress to shorter and more intense interval sessions as the 5-week series progresses.
Interval distances will range from 3-10 min. Riders assess themselves a staggered start for each interval based on their estimated abilities.

10-15 minutes of form and technique instruction will be provided for new riders by experienced riders before the workout starts at the first two sessions.

After the training ride, during the first 2 to 3 weeks, some of the more experienced cross riders will stick around to help and answer any questions for those new to cyclo-cross.

Charlie Pendry and Matt Rotroff will lead the workouts.

Time: 6:00pm
Dates:
Tuesday, September 16
Tuesday, September 23
Tuesday, September 30
Tuesday, October 7
Tuesday, October 14

Location: Thomas Brooks Park--just west of Cary

From Interstate 40: Take Exit 278 (Highway 55 exit). Travel towards Apex. Travel approximately 7.5 miles and make a right on Green Hope School Road at the stop light. Approximately 1.8 miles, make a left onto Green Level Church Road. Approximately 2 miles, make a left into Thomas Brooks Park.

From Highway 64: Take the Highway 55 exit. Travel towards Durham. Travel approximately 3.7 miles and make a left on Green Hope School Road at the stop light. Approximately 1.8 miles, make a left onto Green Level Church Road. Approximately .2 miles, make a left in Thomas Brooks Park.

Meet ready to ride in the parking lot closest to Green Level Church Rd. at 6:00 pm and ride five minutes to Highcroft Drive Elementary School where we will begin our workout.
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Marc
Marc

Washington, DC

Free Basic Clinic sponsored by City Bikes

check out the DCMTB website for details

http://www.dcmtb.com/blog/dc-cx

every wed pm in sept.

sept 3rd- women only DC-ChiX!

Matt
Matt

On Saturday, Sept. 6th we will be hosting a cyclo-cross clinic at Waterford Hills Raceway, which will be the site of the 2008 Michigan Cyclocross State Championship. The clinic will start at 12 pm and will cost $10. Michigans two Elite state champions will be there instructing all levels of riders in the fundementals of cyclocross, barriers; dismounting; mounting; finding the correct line; and handling skills. Jeff from Kinetic Systems and Dave Massey from Specialized will also be there showing of all the new products and will even have some demo bikes. So come on out and learn from Michigans best riders.

There will also be two low key races held, starting at 3:30 pm, the cost will be $10. If you participate in the clinic before hand the price will be $5. The length of races has not been determined yet but will probably be 45 minutes for the A race and 30 minutes for the B race. Again this will be a low key race so there is no pressure to win and will be a great opportunity for new riders to try there first 'cross race.

A big thanks goes out to all of the sponsors of this event including Kinetic Systems, Tailwind, Specialized, and the Flying Rhino Cycling Club.

'Cross is coming the question is....Are you ready?!!!!

If you have any questions you can contact Jeff at Kinetic Systems bike shop. (248) 625-7000

Ryan W.
Ryan W.

We would like to welcome you to the beginning of the 2008 Sacramento Cylocross Season with 4 clinics to help get you amped and prepared. Here we go. There will be a total of 4 clinics this year, and they will help you get your bike ready, teach you a proper dismount remount technique, how to attack a barrier section with gusto, and finally how to put everything together in a practice scrimmage. Bike Night - Thursday – August 28th – 7:00pm – Kinetic Cycles
This is your chance to come learn more about setting up your cross bike for race day. We will also cover topics other important topics like race season maintenance. It will also conclude with a How-To glue and mount tubular tires. Bring your questions, and be prepared for answers. Kinetic Cycles

Remount and Dismount – Thursday – September 4th – 6:30pm – William Pond Park
Come out and learn the efficient way to dismount and remount your bicycle. This clinic is great for beginners, and it is also effective for seasoned veterans who want to shake out the cobwebs. We will meet in the shade near the bathrooms and water fountain in William Pond Park. If you are driving, then drive along Arden Way, and continue past Fair Oaks Blvd to the bottom. It is possible to park near the intersection of McClaren and Arden Way. William Pond Park

Grace the Barriers – Thursday – September 11th – 6:30pm – William Pond Park
Come out and utilize your dismount and remount skills, and learn how to grace some cyclocross barriers. Also, we can can continue to help you perfect your dismount and remount skills as well. We will meet in the shade near the bathrooms and water fountain in William Pond Park. If you are driving, then drive along Arden Way, and continue past Fair Oaks Blvd to the bottom. It is possible to park near the intersection of McClaren and Arden Way. William Pond Park

Put it all together – Thursday – September 18th – 6:30pm – Glenn Hall Park (River side of levee)
Once the bike is dialed and you have the basics for getting on and off the bike, it’s good practice to put everything together in a little scrimmage. Think of this more as an chance to figure out your strengths and weaknesses. Afterwards, continue to work on your strengths, and really work on improving your weaknesses. Glen Hall park is located in River Park at the end of Carlson Drive. We will be on the river side of the levee playing in the sand. Glenn Hall Park

Be sure to check out www.sacramentocx.com for more information, and the race calendar!!!

Renee
Renee

Jonathan Page and his Planet Bike teammates are hosting a clinic just outside Madison, Wisconsin on Sat, Aug 30. Cost is $40. Details and registration info is online at www.madcross.org. The clinic will be followed by a cookout at the park with Jonathan.

Josh
Josh

Another Illinois Clinic (Chicago-area):

Spring Rock Park in Western Springs -
6pm practices until further notice. Beginning Wednesdays Aug 20th until sometime in early to mid
october when it's just too damn dark to get anything done. We'll have the same PVC barrier set out again. If you make some yourself, bring them. The more the merrier. Flatlandia push-ups rules apply. If you don't know what the means don't worry...you'll
learn. This is NOT any kind of official practice. Just a group of
athletic citizens practicing on public land.

Another word. We will be sharing the park with organized
soccer, after school sports, etc so it's vital to be respectful of this.
I'm big on manners. We have a fall back location of Bemis woods if
there is a snag.

email contact: e. [email protected]

andrew
andrew

two more in bay area:
Event Info Host:
Women Of Cyclocross
Type:
Sports - Sports Practice
Time and PlaceDate:
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Time:
9:00am - 12:00pm
Location:
Cesar E Chavez Park, Berkeley Marina
Street:
Marina Blvd at Spinnaker Wy.
City/Town:
Berkeley, CA

Clinic 2:
Event Info Host:
Jon Suzuki
Type:
Sports - Sports Practice
Time and PlaceDate:
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Time:
9:00am - 12:00pm
Location:
Cesar E Chavez Park, Berkeley Marina
Street:
Marina Blvd at Spinnaker Wy.
City/Town:
Berkeley, CA

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Flandria
Flandria

How do we sign up for the clinins in Berkeley, CA - Women of Cyclocross?

Jeremy Christianson
Jeremy Christianson

Starting August 14th, and continuing every Thursday thru late September, we will be having cyclocross clinic followed by a local race series at Memorial/Riverfront Park in Moorhead, MN. You can use a mountain bike or a cross bike. The clinic will start at 6:30 pm with the ride/race to follow. We will cover dismounts, remounts, barrier crossing, cornering, and some of the basic rules. Riders of all levels are welcome.

K-Man
K-Man

Tonkin is running the usual. Sep. 3, 10, 17 at Alpenrose- just waiting for the paperwork right now. Haven't heard anything else.

Dave Beals
Dave Beals

NYcross.com and the Capital Bicycle Racing Club (CBRC) based in Albany, NY will be hosting its 3rd annual cyclocross clinic on Sunday, September 14 at Prospect Park in Troy, NY. The clinic will take place two weeks before the first race in the 2008 NYcross.com Cyclocross Series that kicks off in Schenectady, NY on September 28. New cyclocross racers interested in entering their first event, or intermediate racers who want to bring their skills up to speed should not miss this event.

The clinic will cover a wide range of skills and topics needed for cross racing:
Proper technique for:
- rapidly dismounting your bike at barriers
- remounting your bike
- shouldering your bike at run ups
- high speed cornering on grass, mud and other surfaces
- sand pits
- short steep hills
- long, lung busting run ups
Training methods for cross including:
- skill building drills
- weekly workout regimens for building speed on a cross course
- mental preparation and race tactics
- warming up for a cross race
- proper nutrition and hydration while racing cross
Bike set up:
- Tubulars vs. Clinchers
- How many gears?
- light vs. strong. vs cheap parts
- fit suggestions

The clinic will run from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM and be divided into groups to practice different techniques and drills to develop individual cross skills. A short mock race where students will have the opportunity to link the individual skills they've learned together on a short cross course, and a final Q&A period.
Space is limited to twenty! Please visit Bikereg to reserve your spot.

Darren Bernard
Darren Bernard

Starting August 12th we will be having cyclocross practice at Conway Robinson Forest in Gainsville VA. You can use a mountain bike or a cross bike.
We ride from the shop at 6 pm or meet at the forest at 6:15/6:20. Terrain is a variety of pavement, dirt, and single track. Be ready to practice your dismounts and mounts!

Matt
Matt

I am running a weekly Renegade CX training series (all abilities):

Tuesday Nights (weekly)
Londonderry High School
Londonderry, NH

Contact: Matt Simpson (HUP United)
P# 603-244-9745
Some drills (sand pit, dismounts, and barrel rolls)

Interval Training Races Follow

ssryder1
ssryder1

Is antbody doing anything in Michigan???

Ben
Ben

All info to be posted on http://www.cycle-smart.com

1) Sept. 6-7, Cycle-Smart Cyclo-Cross Camp in Northfield, MA
2) Sept. 7, Cycle-Smart Cyclo-Cross skills clinic, Boulder, CO
3) Sept. 13, Cycle-Smart Cyclo-Cross skills clinic, Chicago, IL

Josh
Josh

As per ChiCrossCup (http://www.chicrosscup.com/), there will be a clinic on Sept 13th, 2008. It looks to be in planning stages still...stay up on the website for more info

Shawn Letson
Shawn Letson

Spokane Washington Cross Clinic
When: Every Thursday in September
Where: Valley Mission park
Time: 5:30pm till dusk
Cost: $10.00 proceeds go to support local junior development
Teachers: Kevin Bradford Parish,Shawn Howard,Mark Knokey, Mike Gertner
Info: Each week will have a different teacher that will focus on different skills each week. ALL levels are welcome beginners to expert.

Tom Mulpagano
Tom Mulpagano

While not exactly a clinic, we have a small group of folks who are dedicated 'cross nuts who meet at Cool Creek Park in Carmel, IN. We meet nearly every Sunday morning at 7:30 am and usually ride 1.5-2 hours incorporating road, grass & trail riding and various obstacles including logs, stairs, bridges, drain pipes, etc. Time is also spent practicing running dis-mounts and re-mounts. Mostly we're just out to have a little fun getting ready for the 'cross season while everyone else is sleeping. The whole ride is kept within the confines of this very 'cross friendly and beautiful park. The ride atmosphere is very laid-back and all-comers are welcome. We encourage anyone interested to ride what they've got... 'cross bikes are encouraged, but not required! For more information contact Tom and/or check out the blog.

Julie Lockhart
Julie Lockhart

not publicized yet, and not yet decided if it is public ... so, cost may be joining NEBC.

usually September / October over several weeks.

Lorri Lee Lown
Lorri Lee Lown

September 13th -- Bike Skills 103 -- Cyclocross Skills. San Francisco area. Coached by Jumpin' John Funke and Lovely Lorri Lee Lown. This is a co-ed clinic.

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