(And Other Tips from the Bike Maintenance Clinic) We all recognize the importance of keeping our bikes in good condition, so when we get out on the road, we experience fun and not catastrophic mechanical failure. Turns out, there is a lot we can do ourselves to keep our rides clean and functional and minimize . . . read more
A dozen riders ventured off to learn how to navigate some of the frequently used Boulder bike paths. We didn’t stay the course — surprise!! We rode an elevator, we split the group and reconnected, and we tried to get lost but failed. In short, we had A LOT of fun! And we finished up . . . read more
Have you ever thought of your bike as your dance partner? In the Beginners’ Skills Clinic on April 28th, cycling coach Anne Trombley encouraged us to replace stiffness with mobility and balance — just like a dance — to prepare for any obstacle we may encounter on our rides. We practiced proper body position with . . . read more
Kristin Carpenter, DPT Co-Owner of MEND Physical Therapy, educated us on the importance of incorporating a strength training program into our training plan for better cycling performance, and for improved functional strength so that we may live more independently as we age. She encouraged us to gradually increase the weight we lift by considering a . . . read more
Great Group Riding Skills Clinic with Olympian Ann Trombley. Lots of good information and practice!
In this clinic we learned that the paceline is a group riding formation where riders share the work of pulling by rotating positions during a ride. We received instruction and practiced three types of pacelines: the single paceline, echelon, and double paceline. We learned the importance communicating clearly by using the commands: steady, up, and . . . read more
The rain stopped and skies cleared just in time for Jen Sharp’s Safe Riding Clinic. To start Jen asked us to name our top safety concerns, which were: being hit by a car, making tight turns, and stopping suddenly. The ABC’s or pre ride checks: Air, Brakes, Chain, were explained and tips for dressing in . . . read more
Illuminating, Engaging, and Confidence-Building! Five Venus members strengthened their group riding skills at the May 24th Beginning Group Riding Clinic with former Olympian and physical therapist Ann Trombley. Here’s what two participants had to say about this valuable hands-on clinic: We were a group of five enthusiastic participants plus our instructor, Ann Trombley. Ann is . . . read more