Bike Handling Class Reviewby AB Sandefur - VP Education
A summer series of basic bike handling skills instruction followed by a short training ride began May 8th and concluded August 28th, 2000. Classes were held every Monday evening from 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM at Saint Matthews Elementary School. These were well attended, with a high of 29 riders and 4 instructors.
The main purpose of the bike handling class is to teach new or inexperienced riders basic bike maintenance, handling skills, safety, road rules and etiquette. It also gets them comfortable riding in a large group and prepares them for riding with the club on regular rides.
We as instructors consider the classes successful if many of the students finish the summer riding regularly on club rides or in special bicycling events. Many of the students progressed from short club rides to longer area rides and even national events.
Some examples of our student successes include Carol Westerman riding the RAGBRAI in Iowa and Michelle Harwell and Heather McLaughlin riding 510 miles in six days as part of the Alaska Aids Vaccine Ride. Many others rode the OKHT, with Heather, Michelle and Rick Kratt completing their first century. Other students took an active part in the ride as volunteers. One student, seven-year-old Nick Brandes, attended every session until school started and rode all the 10-mile training rides. He has also ridden on 13 club rides for a total of 140 miles!
I would like to express many thanks to those who assisted me this year -- John Samways, Steven Sarson, and Phil Patterson. They devoted Monday nights to one-on-one teaching, mentoring, and leading students in groups of five or more on the training rides. Phil even became an honorary "dad" to a certain young lady! I would also like to thank guest instructors Cheryl Brawner for her presentation on bike fit and Renita Bernat for her presentation on basic bike gear for comfortable, trouble-free rides.
I would also like to thank all those who attended and look forward to doing this again next year.
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Web posted: 30 October 2000
last updated: 3 November 2000
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