Being new to the cycling world, participating in a clinic is invaluable.
In the next 14 weeks, I will be learning the basics of riding safely, looking after my bike, perfecting pedalling, shifting and breaking skills. These are only a few examples of what I will learn during the clinic. In addition, there is nutrition, group riding and most importantly proper bike fitting. http://www.rbcgranfondowhistler.com/myfirstfondo
The first day of the clinic was very memorable. We got to sit in the little blue kindergarten chairs and discuss course objectives. As soon as we were ready to ride, the heavens opened up and it rained and rained and rained. We were escorted to a water logged tennis court to be tested on our balancing, stopping and starting skills. Also, we rode on to the tall grasses of the playground and had a blast riding in a small circle around cones in the torrential down pour. It was challenging to stay in the circle as it grew smaller. Okay, I failed terribly. I couldn’t even clip into the second pedal. I fell twice – so embarrassing and frustrating. My excuse was the new shoes and pedals. This meant I had to stay after class while our fearless leader Eric, in the wet cold, gave me a couple of tips and homework. Every day for the next few weeks I will need to practice clipping in and out.
Practice makes perfect!