Whether you have raced before and want to perfect your skills or you are thinking of racing but are not sure where to start, the Road Bike Race Skills sessions will have you feeling confident and ready to race criteriums or road races.
All sessions are run by Level 2 Road Coach and Cat 3 racer, Diana Farrell.
The Road Bike Race skills sessions are run as a combination of half day sessions and evening series. The sessions have been scheduled to ensure that riders are perfectly placed to enter early and later series road races and criteriums. The evening series of sessions are designed to be progressive, with each session building on the skills developed in the previous one. Attending the full course is advised, however riders may choose to attend as many of the sessions as they like.
Together, this series of race-focused sessions form the Active Cycle Coaching ‘Pathway To The Start Line’.
The March series is for women-only in response to demand.
All sessions are run at the Fife Cycle Park in Lochgelly. The March series sessions will be run on the 500m ‘Hairdryer’ circuit. All other sessions use the longer ‘Wiggle’ circuit, offering a chance to build on early skills and to practise on the track where many local criterium races are run.
Each session will consist of a number of structured exercises. There will be discussions between exercises and some time off the bikes, but I aim for riders to spend the vast majority of the session on their bikes. Whole group and individual feedback will be given to participants.
There will be a maximum of eighteen riders per session.
Half day sessions will cover all the skills described below. During the evening series sessions, the skills will be covered in more depth, with a different focus each week.
- Getting the perfect start
- Following a wheel (drafting)
- Cornering at speed
- Working together and changing positions in a group
- Attacking and counter-attacking
- Sprint finishes
The skills covered are relevant to criterium or road races.
If you are new to racing and are not sure where to start then Criteriums (crit races) are a great place to start and these sessions also give you a chance to try out the Fife Cycle Park track where many of Scotland’s crit races are now run.
Who Are The Sessions For?
This coaching is ideal for cyclists who feel confident handling their bikes outwith a race situation. You may have raced before or be considering trying racing, although you may well feel nervous about racing and unsure whether you are ‘good enough’ (do not worry – if you are considering racing then you probably are!). You should have a reasonable level of fitness although you may not be as fit as you would like. Road bikes are essential (no tri-bars please).