At York Cycleworks our coach recognises that winning races is not just about having the fastest legs which is why we offer coached skills sessions to ensure you have all the tactics and prowess needed to perform on the big day.
After the success of the trip to Manchester Velodrome in early January we invited Hope Tech rider and Team GB Cyclocross World Championships athlete Jack Clarkson to work with Rob and offer our riders hints tips and the inside line on how to race in the mud.
The weather did not let us down, if there is one thing you need to make cyclocross training authentic is mud... Saturday morning at York Sport (thanks to Andrew Johnston for use of the venue) greeted us with a solid down pouring of the wet stuff ensuring that the ground was nice and slippy.
Despite the wet weather we were able to get a solid 2 hours of practice in and it was amazing to see the progress made from start to finish with just little adjustments to technique and timing. 17 riders of differing ability all lined up to practice starts, dismounting, mounting, shouldering the bike and riding off camber, all crucial skills that can see you save minutes every lap in a cyclocross race. Jack's demonstrations made it all look so easy and fluid but with subtle changes to technique and style everyone who came went away with a new perspective on the skills being taught and plenty to practice before their next race.
Everyone went away with a smile on their faces and Rob and Jack thoroughly enjoyed the session too, so much so we are running another on the 9 April, if you are interested in coming to learn from a rider competing at the highest level in cyclocross book with Rob firstname.lastname@example.org. A BIG thank you to Jack for taking the time out of his own training schedule to come and support these sessions and to Andrew and the team at York Sport for the venue.
If cyclocross isn't your thing, watch this space for details of a York Cycleworks beginners road skills session coming up soon.