Beginners Group Ride Skills (Podcast #17)

Beginners Group Ride Skills (Podcast #17)

Group RidingWith the arrival of warm temperatures and sunshine, many people begin to get the itch for company on their rides.  Beginners and long time solo riders alike will begin to start searching out group rides.  But honestly, how many actually attend one of the gatherings?  Why don't more people try them out?  

In today's podcast, we'll talk about some of the obstacles beginners (or advanced riders new to the group riding scene) face, and ways to overcome them.  We'll also learn some ways to keep ourselves and our fellow group riders safe and happy on their rides.

We'll talk about:

  • Information you should know before the ride (speed, length, terrain, drop/no drop)
  • How to endear yourself to a new group (show up EARLY!)
  • Finding out information from the group before you leave the meeting area.
  • Learning the importance of communicating with the group.
  • Safe and predictable riding
  • Being able to take criticism if you make mistakes.

Questions and comments are always welcome.  Remember to rate this podcast on iTunes.

About the Author:

After graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science/Pharmacology, I continued my education with a doctorate of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College. As I progressed through my education, I was able to apply the concepts I learned in the lab to my own daily workouts and goals. At the time, I was following some of the principles of traditional coaching and getting mediocre results. Frustrated, I realized that if I could apply all my physiology, chemistry, nutrition and training knowledge, I could “build a better mousetrap” not just for my own training, but for other athletes. With this goal in mind, I started Tailwind Coaching, to help cyclists [with busy lives and limited training time] become stronger, faster, fitter and healthier. And while I may not be a ex-ProTour rider, an Olympic Coach or even a prolific race winner, I am something that most coaches are not: a regular guy just like you who has a job, a family and a desire to be a stronger cyclist.