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Old 03-28-08, 10:37 AM   #1
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Anyone up for a group class?

UPDATE 4/8/08

Looks like June 28th is the soonest he can do the class for us.

I was thinking along the lines of a Climbing and Descending class combined with some Speed stuff since he said he would customize classes for us.

As of right now it's $70/person unless I can muster some kind of discount if there is a lot of people interested. He said a minimum of 6-7 people are needed. But if we get more he'll get us another coach so he can make sure we get enough individual attention. Judging from the response so far we'll have a decent sized class. Now we'll have to see who can make the 28th...

So who's in for June 28th?

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Last year I took a Climbing and Descending class with Matt McNamara of Sterling Sports in the Palo Alto. I believe he is also on the Alto Velo team.

The class was very informative and helpful and I think people of all levels can benefit from his classes. I learned a ton of stuff and he even gave each of us individual help, and that was with about 20 people in the class. The class was worth it's weight in gold, imo! Plus, he sponsored our BF NorCal MS Waves to Wine ride by giving away a free class and a Vo2 max testing session that I raffled off to two members of the team.

This year he has a list of classes ranging from the Climbing and Descending class to a Speed Camp. I wasn't able to do any of the early season ones so I asked him if we could get a class together that he can lead later on in the season, pending his schedule.

He said that if we can get 6-7 people together he could do a class for us and tailor it to fit our needs. Currently, the cost is about $70/person, but again, it is well worth the money. And with the classes so small he can give each of us specific help and guidance. (Although I'll still ask if we can get a group discount, but I won't hold my breathe)

Here's his list of classes he does: http://www.sterlingwins.com/camps.php

So if anyone is interested in setting up a class later this year please let me know. Personally, I don't mind the Climbing and Decending class again, but the Speed Camp sounds pretty cool too.

Thanks!
Gary

(and no, I'm not associated with Sterling Sports. I'm just interested in doing a class again since I learned a lot from him and it'd be more fun riding with friends.)

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I'd be very interested in such class.
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This kind of stuff is pretty common out here in the suburbs. Often town town will have lanes that dump you into the next town in a place you don't want to be, or lanes that just end.
Suh is life
Around here the trails just end, but you find them picking up around the corner, down a block.

I should video some for this guy.

I think Curtis meant to post this in the "stupid bike lanes" thread! hehe!

Although Tricia won the V02 max testing certificate from Matt. So I'd be interested to know if she (or Curtis) used it yet! [or gave it to someone else to use since they live pretty far from the Palo Alto area.]

With the two responses I've got about 4-5 people so far, including myself. So if I can get one or two more I can start contacting Matt to see when he has time to set up a class for us.

Thanks for the responses so far! I'll keep y'all posted!
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Hi, if this is an open invitation, then I am interested too.
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I think Curtis meant to post this in the "stupid bike lanes" thread! hehe!

Although Tricia won the V02 max testing certificate from Matt. So I'd be interested to know if she (or Curtis) used it yet! [or gave it to someone else to use since they live pretty far from the Palo Alto area.]

With the two responses I've got about 4-5 people so far, including myself. So if I can get one or two more I can start contacting Matt to see when he has time to set up a class for us.

Thanks for the responses so far! I'll keep y'all posted!
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Tricia won, and I'm not sure she knew how to follow up. I'll ask her tonight and report back.

I'd be interested in the class IF it were a day I could make it.
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I'd be interested in the time trial class. Oh and also a class on posing...I need more work!
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time trial class ---> pedal fast. don't stop.
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i could go for Climbing and Decending class & or the Speed Camp . Just would have to find a way out to where ever the class is ...
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I'd be interested in the time trial class. Oh and also a class on posing...I need more work!
Just don't spill your coffee when posing ...
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This sounds cool. I'll take a class on anything, since I pretty much need work everywhere, including my spending habits. Is there a class that teaches you "No, you don't NEED that.."?

Pete, if a TT class starts I'd most certainly try and rock that one with you.
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This sounds cool. I'll take a class on anything, since I pretty much need work everywhere, including my spending habits. Is there a class that teaches you "No, you don't NEED that.."?

Pete, if a TT class starts I'd most certainly try and rock that one with you.
I believe the class is called marriage.
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You'd think.. but I'm already enrolled in that one.. been in it for 7years.
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You'd think.. but I'm already enrolled in that one.. been in it for 7years.
Me too, for 9 years! That's why I get a small allowance and my own seperate account. That way I don't get tempted to spend all the money. (read: she can track my horrible spending habits!) haha!

Wow, looks like there is pretty good interest. I'll contact him and see what his schedule will look like. Hopefully you can wait for me until about late May or June since I am pretty swamped until then.

But so you get an idea of where we went when I joined his climbing and descending class, we went up and down Stevens Canyon, Mt. Eden and Montebello. Although I didn't make it up Montebello. My legs went on strike and protested loudly!

I don't recall the name of the area but there was a short section we took on one of the mts. that was in the 12% grade area. That was tough. But he watched each of us climb and critiqued how we climbed sitting, got out of our saddle, position over the bike out of the saddle, if our arms were too stiff, etc. as we struggled up this short section. It was tough but very helpful.

I'll let everyone know what he says when I hear back from him. Since he can tailor a class for us maybe we can do a little bit of climbing, speed and TT stuff...

Thanks for the interest.

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..., we went up and down Stevens Canyon, Mt. Eden and Montebello. ...

I don't recall the name of the area but there was a short section we took on one of the mts. that was in the 12% grade area. That was tough. ...
If I had to guess, I'd say Redwood Gulch.

You guys should "graduate" to Bohlman/On Orbit and do a day of repeats on that.
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I've had a 31 year "marriage" class and I don't think either of us has learned S***
I want the time trial class so I can get away from her quickly after I buy my Felt TT bike!
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I've had a 31 year "marriage" class and I don't think either of us has learned S***
I want the time trial class so I can get away from her quickly after I by my Felt TT bike!
!!!!!!!!!OWW!!!!!!!!! She just punched me really hard....
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I might be interested if it works with schedule, etc. Climbing and Speed:>
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I'd be interested in a "gettin' off my ass and logging some miles on my bike class". I'm afraid the climbing and descending class is too advanced for me right now.
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You guys should "graduate" to Bohlman/On Orbit and do a day of repeats on that.
Yup, that was it!!!

cantdrv55 - don't worry about it being too advanced, it's really not. When I did it last year I had barely been back on the bike more than 12 miles at a time... And it's been pretty much the same this year! Doh!! So I'll hang back with ya! (mostly because I suck at climbing still! My stamina and lung capacity are not exactly going to win me any races! haha!) But it is a very helpful and fun class!

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