Camps, Clinics, and Presentations

Buckeye Cyclesport offers custom camps and clinics for teams, clubs, or interested groups.   Clinics can range from half a day to a full weekend.   We will work with you to select content appropriate for your group.

Below is a list of the on the bike and off the bike topics we offer in a class or clinic. Pricing is based on per-rider fee, plus a flat rate for event insurance.  Contact us for more information or to schedule an event.

Low speed skills work

Ideal for an empty parking lot, office park, or other area free of cars.  Ideally at least 100 yards by 50 yards.

Pack handling — riders will work on the basics of handling a bike safely in a group of riders.  Drills will include balance, and safely managing incidental contact with other riders.  45 – 60 minutes.

Cornering — fundamental approach to cornering, including ideal line, position on the bike, and adjusting to other riders around you.   60 minutes

 

 

On the road work

Most sessions require a flat, low traffic section or loop of road 2-5 miles long.

Paceline fundamentals — learn to safely ride in several styles of pacelines including single, double, rotating, and, if wind conditions permit, echelon for crosswinds. Participants should be able to maintain 16-18 mph on a flat, level road with no wind. May include more advanced positioning drills for advanced riders  60 minutes

Breakaway drills — a rider’s ability to attack and separate him or herself from a group is a key skill for advanced cyclists.   Learn the mechanics of attacking, either to create a breakaway, or to bridge up to a move that has already formed. 45-60 minutes

Finishing — practice setting up and riding a small group sprint.   We will ride several mock finishes.  After each finish, we will stop and discuss the tactics that played out, and how one might improve them in a race situation.

Climbing — in a race, or on a competitive training ride, hills create a natural opportunity for the group to separate.   We will focus on gearing, body positioning, pack positioning, and mental approach to climbing.   For strong climbers, this can be the opportunity to separate yourself from the group.   For others, it is simply the skills necessary to stay with the group and play your strengths elsewhere.

The ideal course is a low traffic hill ¼ to ½ mile long, 5 to 10% grade, with at least a quarter mile uninterrupted lead-in and a quarter mile uninterrupted flat or slight downhill at the top

Team Tactics – this is an advanced class for participants who have competed in and finished several races, and are comfortable riding and finishing in the pack.  The focus will be on simple, effective strategies to create break-aways and to respond to other riders who attack.

Presentations

Presentations can enhance learning in a camp.  They are ideal for inserting a break between drills.

Bicycle Racing 101 – How the system works.   USA Cycling licensing, types of races, categories, age groups, prize money, racing rules.  30 minutes

Training principles — The fundamentals of how the body adapts to exercise.   Includes a discussion of various physiological limiters, and how to extend those limits.   Discussion of specific workouts, season long planning, and preparation for specific events

Advanced training — principles of training with a power meter.   Advanced training plan design and training load monitoring.

Nutrition —  Fundamentals of nutrition for cyclists on the bike and off the bike.

Racing tactics and Strategy — approaches to bicycle racing.  How to handle pre race and race day preparation, starts, mid race, finish, and post-race.   How to survive your first race.   How to win, if you already know how to survive.