Clinic Planning

JTO offered his ideal clinic schedule on our Cowbell Forums, and we liked it so much we’re reposting it here:

I have never attended a CX camp (though I probably should).  However, given my experiences in my rookie year, here’s my take:

Day Sessions:

    • You can learn a lot at a clinic, though you may not be bunny-hopping barriers anytime soon. Neil Schirmer

      You can learn a lot at a clinic, though you may not be bunny-hopping barriers anytime soon. © Neil Schirmer

      Mounts / dismounts.  From both the left and right sides of the bike (learned this one the hard way.  At least the mob was entertained).

    • Obstacle avoidance.  Lots of riders hit things they shouldn’t.
    • How and when to bunny-hop.  And when not to even try.
    • Barrier management.
    • Handling off-camber turns.
    • Riding sand vs. mud vs. wet grass.
    • Dealing with maladies.  Broken derailleur hanger, mud build-up, sandy cleats/pedals, etc.
    • Lots of riding!

 

Evening Sessions:

  • Intro to Heckling.  How to heckle and be heckled, a labor of love.
  • Advanced Heckling.  Personalizing your heckles and the reverse-heckle.
  • Nutrition Management.  Beer is okay, Malort is not.  How much bacon should one eat at max. HR?
  • Wheelies and Endos.  Because they’re awesome.