We had our first official Bike Life Clinic and Conversation on Wednesday night in Toronto, and it was awesome. While Peter has hosted plenty of clinics and skills sessions and I’ve done quite a few of my Saddle, Sore book talks at this point, but it’s the first time we combined them. Like I said when I first started talking about the Bike Life concept, we’re trying to improve on foundational skills on and off the bike to make riding—and daily living after riding—100% more rad. After the Toronto event, we packed up and headed to Boston for a talk I gave last night and this weekend, we’re racing at Gloucester, so stay tuned for a lot more from both events, plus a bunch more on the horizon!
Peter, the skills guy in charge of the “clinic” portion did this writeup of our event:
Well, our first BikeLife night at Joyride 150 Bike Park went very well !
We had a great group of women come together for our first time doing our clinics at an indoor location such as Joyride.
The group was a great representation of what we are trying to do with this BikeLife movement. They had different skill levels, different experiences, different goals but a common desire to learn more and be more rad on their bikes.
We started the night with a discussion of the night’s goals. This idea that regardless of our goals there are foundational skills and concepts that make all disciplines and applications of our sport more enjoyable.
Quickly we were out getting used to the ‘dirt jumper’ bikes Joyride 150 rents. These bikes are 26 inch with a very low seat and intimidating to many cyclists initially but as a group we quickly were on the bikes, standing up and rolling around confidently.
For 90min, we worked on standing, ready position, getting over obstacles, cornering, using the pump track, exploring the XC track and applying the concepts we learned and we might have caught a little bit of air in there somewhere too!
The change in confidence and amount of fun we had in the clinic portion was amazing and everyone was tired and ready for some snack and some conversation.
Molly took over and the group quickly got chatting about all the important topics from “Saddle, Sore“. The best part of these talks is the open dialogue where participants can share their problems and their solutions … Molly always comes away with more ideas to share with other groups and keep this movement rolling to the next group, club, team or community.
Thanks to the ladies who came and pushed their limits, we had a blast.