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Friday, February 15, 2008

More pictures from skills clinic

I said I would be uploading more images, but I never got around to it. I've been going to bed early and getting up late because I've been fighting a cold. I'm on the way free of that mess, so here I am putting up a few more pictures from the skills clinic last week.

Above you see Strad and Eric showing us how you do the leaning drills. I met Eric on the Facebook "I love cycling in Upstate SC" group. It was nice to finally meet him in person. It took about two laps around the park before I realized who he was.

Here I am holding the bar of my skills partner. It was kind of weird riding around in circles in the middle of the park basically holding hands with a fellow cyclist. It was also pretty hard. You basically were helping the other rider steer his bike.

Here we are practicing the wheel bumping drills. The idea was to tap the side of the wheel in front of you as many times as you could in succession. One time I got up to 10... before I lost my balance and fell over. I was never able to do that many again. Normally I couldn't get past 3.

Here's Jimmy Helms showing good form during the knockdown game. I'd do another one of these clinics just to get a chance to play the game again. Of course, most of the fun was due to the fact you were playing the game with a bunch of teenagers. They know how to have fun. Not sure if it would be as much fun with just adults.

I recommend everyone participate in a skills clinic if you have the chance. Everyone can use a reminder. Some of us could use the experience. All of us can use the fun.


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