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Advanced Learning to Bike

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by Carol Hausner


Most of us in the CRW feel pretty good about our ability to bike. Sure, we may not always ride as far as we would like, climb a hill as strongly as we would like, or go as fast as we would like, but we’re all a long way from those days of training wheels. But, should we be finished learning?

The CRW Safety Committee has arranged two very different types of cycling clinics to be offered this summer. Advanced registration and a modest fee are required for either clinic. We encourage you to sign up for one or both and - very importantly - to share information about these clinics with others. We have the greatest opportunity to increase awareness and support for cycling and cyclists if we can demonstrate groundswell interest.

The courses are:
Bicycling for Grownups - The impetus for this course came from conversations with numerous adults who complain that they would like to get out on a bicycle, or ride more, but think it is just too unsafe. For many, the last real instruction they had about cycling was learning how to physically operate a bicycle. There are a number of learnable techniques that can help make bicycling safer and more enjoyable for adults.
Newton Community Education and then Brookline Adult & Community Education both graciously agreed to offer “Bicycling for Grownups” when approached with the idea and provided with a credentialed League Cycling Instructor. Registration is open to all adults, regardless of town of residence. The Brookline course is the evening of June 13; the Newton course is the evening of JuneĀ 27. For more information and to register, please contact these organizations by phone (Brookline: 617-730-2700; Newton: 617-559-6999) or through their websites (;

Skills for Group Cycling - Saturday, June 30, 2012, 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM, Devens, MA. Fee: $15 for CRW members, $20 for non-members. Register early—space is limited. No registrations after June 23.

This half-day clinic is intended for experienced recreational road cyclists who want to be safe and reliable participants in group rides. Many do not realize that safe group riding requires specialized skills—one participant not having those skills can endanger the entire group. Practicing in parking lots and on quiet roads in and around Devens, we will cover the pre-ride bike check, riding in a straight line, cornering, riding in formation, basic paceline riding, inadvertent contact, and more. Instructor Mark Bowen served as a coach for Harvard University Cycling Association, and now instructs at the Northeast Velodrome and at the annual Northeast Bicycle Club (NEBC) clinic. Instructor Dick Ring is a former national-caliber bike racer and speed skater. He founded the NEBC, ran the North American School of Bicycle Racing for 12 years, and works tirelessly to promote cycling as a sport and a way of life.

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