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Old 05-17-10, 06:32 PM   #1
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Cat up on my birthday

Each year, I try to do something significant on my birthday. On Sunday (my birthday) I attended a bicycle racing skills clinic that counted toward my upgrade from Cat 5 to Cat 4. My upgrade to Cat 4 was approved today by USA Cycling / NCNCA.

The clinic was a lot of fun. We focused on pack skills learning how to ride in close proximity, bump someone's rear wheel and not crash, proper attack through turns, riding through turns at speed with two and three abreast and slower speed (but faster than you think possible) U turns around cones. It was great review and one always learns something new.

I would encourage all performance / group riders or racers to take skills clinics. They are a great way to improve your cycling and make you a safer rider.
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Old 05-17-10, 07:05 PM   #2
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Congratulations & belated happy birthday.
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Old 05-17-10, 08:06 PM   #3
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Way cool. Your class sounds educational, fun, and studly!
And happy BD.
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Old 05-17-10, 08:06 PM   #4
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Old 05-17-10, 10:51 PM   #5
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Hermes! Sunday was my birthday, too! I didn't do my birthday ride because I was busy getting my best birthday gift ever!
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Congratulations on your upgrade from Cat 5 to Cat 4.

Happy belated birthday to you and to Miss K as well.
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Happy Birthday. You should be down a bit to enjoy it - not speeding up to get it over quicker

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Way to go on the upgrade too, always exciting to know one is getting better at what one does.



The clinic sounds interesting I am going to ask around if there is one close to where I am.
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Don't make me say it.
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Way cool. Your class sounds educational, fun, and studly!
And happy BD.
I do not know if the class was very studly. It was more about surviving in large packs. The Cat 4 fields are large 100 riders compared to the Cat 5 which is limited to 50. We have had some bad crashes in the Cat 4s and the NCNCA is making it harder to upgrade. They want more skills and experience. So this clinic was about doing skills over and over and over again until we could do it perfectly.

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Way to go on the upgrade too, always exciting to know one is getting better at what one does.



The clinic sounds interesting I am going to ask around if there is one close to where I am.
I suggest checking on your local race district. Ours is the NCNCA.org. They have clinics posted. Some are more for racing than others but even the stuff we did would be applicable to any pack riding situation.

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Don't make me say it.
And I did feel quite spry although no one at the clinic commented.
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Thanks to all for the B day wishes.
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Happy birthday Hermes and way to go on the upgrade to the 4's!
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That's the way to do it Hermes, congratulations. I thought you were working on a cat 3. Not that there's anything wrong with a 4

Happy birthday and many more.
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