On Saturday, June 15, Westchester Cycle Club will repeat the Bike Camp it inaugurated successfully last year.
The camp was designed to help less-experienced but often mature cyclists get comfortable riding their road bike in a group on Westchester and nearby roadways.
The all-day program includes classroom presentations and outdoor demonstrations and hands-on workshops. It focuses on safe riding and skills development. There will be sessions on learning the equipment, riding effectively in a group, the proper approach to climbing those Westchester hills and nutrition, as well as tips on clothing, electronic gear and nutrition. Campers are encouraged to ask questions and to seek out help.
The program is taught by a large group of experienced club cyclists, a few of them professionally certified instructors. Their assignment is to help cyclists learn first-hand the techniques they need for group or individual riding on road. They will check out campers’ bikes for mechanical soundness and explain common repairs such as fixing the inevitable flat.
Bike Camp is held at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center on the Hudson in Ossining. Morning coffee and a buffet lunch are included. Campers will also receive a reflective safety triangle to put around a jersey for visibility.
Bike Camp sold out last year. Registration is capped at 75, and ends June 12. Two-thirds of the spots are filled already. Price is $45. To register, or to ask questions about the program, go to the Club’s website at http://www.westchestercycleclub.org/
Westchester Cycle Club member Victor Urvantsev of Hartsdale demonstrates how to put air in a tire during the Bike Camp on April 28, 2012, at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center in Ossining. Tania Savayan/The Journal News