August has been a whirlwind month for Big Wheel Coaching! We began the month with Coach Brian racing the Tour of Utah and as it closes he is lining-up to race the Tour of Alberta.
In between all that excitement, we have led 3 separate clinics, each of which has been a great success and a project we have enjoyed immensely!
With that said, we are excited to share this edition of BWC Business News as it is particularly 'event-packed', enjoy!
Coach Joy, along with two other coaches, led the Colorado Springs USA Cycling Level 2 Coaching Clinic that included lessons on skills training, training plan development, as well as discussed the finer points of the business of Endurance Coaching. Photo Credit: Joy McCulloch
BWC Leads At The Colorado Springs USAC Level 2 Coaching Clinic
Having been coaching as a teacher and Endurance Coach since graduating college, Coach Joy has a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw upon. This fact was most recently noticed by the leadership at USA Cycling, which lead to her being asked to help coach and lead continuing-education clinics for newer coaches looking to move up the USAC ranks.
We are excited to report that Coach Joy just completed her first assignment at the USAC Level 2 Coaching Clinic in Colorado Springs that included a series of presentations on the "Business of Coaching", "Training Plan Development", as well as on-the-bike skills work.
It was a great event and she was more than excited to share her passion for coaching, as well as her experiences in the business, with this group of Coaches throughout the two-day clinic.
Following this success, Coach Joy will be operating in the same capacity at the next event, scheduled for October.
Big Orange Cycling along with a number of South Bay-area hammerheads joined us for the Seth Davidson Bike Injury Lawyer Peloton Skills Clinic. The group learned close-quarters riding through a variety of drills. Photo Credit: Joy McCulloch
Seth Davidson Bike Injury Lawyer Taps BWC For The Peloton Skills Clinic
Bike safety and learning the skills necessary to enjoy the sport of cycling, at every age, is something that is extremely important to the folks at Seth Davidson Bike Injury Law. To fill that need, we are excited that they contacted BWC to create and lead a peloton skills clinic that focused on close-quarters riding.
In this FREE clinic, participants were instructed on the nuances of tight-knit pace-line work as well as how to react to the inevitability of contact when riding within a peloton.
After a series of progressive drills in 'pace-lining', the group was introduced to contact drills on a grass field. We are excited to report that this session was well received and that all riders left with a better understanding of the potential pitfalls of over-reacting when contact happens in a tight peloton of riders.
The end result was a group that had developed better spacial-awareness and skills to handle themselves when a peloton gets jammed into a tight spot. This skill alone will reduce the chances of crashes and injuries in a variety of situations. A win-win by all accounts!
Event organizers at the Mammoth Gran Fondo go all-out to put-on an incredible event that is a must-attend for anyone that loves endurance road riding! Photo Credit: Joy McCulloch
Upcoming Events: Come Ride With Us!
We are excited for the late-summer and fall events that are coming up because they are a great opportunity to ride with many of our Athletes, Supporters, & Friends!
For some of the most beautiful mountain views and small-town hospitality around, you must ride the Mammoth Gran Fondo. In addition to riding the Fondo, we will be leading a pre-ride, FREE to everyone who is registered for the event, on Friday September 8th, so come ride with us!
For more information about the Mammoth Grand Fondo check out their website: http://fallcentury.org
For more information about our Mammoth Gran Fondo pre-ride look here: http://www.fallcentury.org/mammoth-gran-fondo-prep.html
Getting to see our Athletes in action, at events like the Westlake Village Century, is one of our favorite parts of coaching! Photo Credit: JC Chaufard
Following the Eastern Sierra fun in Mammoth we will be gearing up for the Westlake Village Century. As our second year attending this incredible event, we can say it should not be missed!
This years' event features a new route that will undoubtedly showcase the amazing views and local roads of the Santa Monica Mountains. What's more, being a BWC Athlete, Supporter or Friend can get you a $25 discount on your entry.
Simply enter BIGWHEEL25 at checkout and we'll be seeing you in Westlake!
For more information about the Westlake Village Century check out their website: http://westlakevillagecentury.com
We hope you will consider joining us at one or all of these upcoming events and look forward to sharing the highlights from each of them in coming editions of our BWC Newsletter!
Until Next Time, Be Safe, Train Hard, & Have Fun!
-Brian & Joy McCulloch
Big Wheel Coaching