VAIL REC DISTRICT ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW CLINIC TO TEACH CYCLOCROSS BIKE SKILLS
Registration Underway for Aug. 5-7 Event Led by Racing Great and Vail Local Jake Wells Vail)–The Vail Recreation District (VRD) announced today the creation of a two-day clinic for cyclocross bicyclists to be held Aug. 5-7, 2011. The clinic, the first of its kind offered by the VRD, will be taught by Vail’s own Jake Wells, a decorated cyclocross racer and national champion mountain biker. Wells, who has finished in the top 15 at both the US Cyclocross and Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships and is consistently in the top ten in the US Pro Cyclocross Peloton, designed the clinic to prepare riders for a competitive cyclocross race season. “We created this clinic to provide everything you need to know about the sport, from technical riding skills to race strategy,” said Wells. “It will be a comprehensive introduction for people who are new to cyclocross and an opportunity to fine-tune skills for racers who are more experienced.” According to VRD Event and Partnership Manager Beth Pappas, the addition of the Jake Wells Cyclocross Clinic to the recreational opportunities offered by the VRD represents exciting growth. “A lot of people are interested in trying out cyclocross but don’t know where to start,” said Pappas. “We’re thrilled to be able to collaborate with Jake and expand the types of sports and activities VRD provides.”
The two-day clinic, which takes place primarily on a course on Gold Peak, will teach participants about cyclocross equipment, technique, and tactics – plus provide ample opportunity for riders to practice their newfound skills. “Cyclocross blends that line between Road Riding and Mountan Biking,” Wells explained, “and learning cyclocross skills will help you become more proficient at both.”
Other activities, such as dinner at Bol Vail and a screening of a cyclocross movie at Yeti’s Grind, make the clinic entertaining as well as instructional. Participants can also choose to benefit from specialized services like bike fitting, physiological testing and massage. Registration is $400, $500 or $625 depending on which clinic package participants choose. Registration will be limited to 20 individuals and is available by clicking here or calling the VRD at 970-479-2880.
The first-ever Jake Wells Cyclocross Clinic is sponsored by Bol Vail, Dogma Athletica, Street Swell, and Ridley Bikes, which will also be present during the event to offer demo bikes for participants to try. Mechanical support
will be provided by Mountain Pedaler. For more information on the first-ever Jake Wells Cyclocross Clinic, call the VRD Sports Department at 970-479-2280 or go to www.vailrec.com.