Are you a beginner to road cycling? Are there just too many questions holding you back from investing in your first real road bike? Are you concerned about road safety, or wish you had some fellow riders to get started with? Join Team Green Adventures for our four part "Intro to Road Cycling" Workshop series. Each workshop includes 45-60 minutes of instruction by a cycling professional, followed by a beginner friendly road bike ride through Williamson County (registration, bike & helmet required, for the ride).
This week's topic: Road Safety & Group Riding. Learn which traffic laws also apply to road cyclists, what hand signals should be used when communicating with motorists, what hand signals should be used when communicating with fellow cyclists in your group, how to properly fit a helmet, and how to safely clip/unclip at traffic lights.
When: Sunday, July 28th at 1pm
Where: REI Brentwood- Community Room
261 Franklin Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
Cost: FREE Event, Open to the Public (registration required for the bike ride)
Difficulty: This workshop series is designed for new-to cycling participants, or cyclists who'd like a refresher
Children Policy: This is open to all ages with a serious interest in long distance road cycling trips
Dog Policy: Dogs are not permitted at this venue
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
"Many people, when asked what is the number one safety issue for bicyclists, say that they are most concerned with dangerous, unpreditable cars. Perhaps that is because the motorist is the one part of cycling that a cyclist has little control. Perhaps it's because accidents involving bicycles and cars have the potential to be most serious. But bicycle-car collisiions account for only 10-20% of accidents. Falls account for about 50% of accidents, bicycle-bicycle collisions about 10-20% and bike-dog encournters the remainder." -Team In Training Coach's Manual 2009
At this workshop, learn basic safety guidelines, and walk away with a simple handout covering how to prevent the most common types of cycling accidents, including the following topics:
PART ONE: ROAD SAFETY- Presented by Walk/Bike Nashville
- What traffic laws apply to cyclists in Williamson & Davidson Counties?
- What exceptions to traffic laws are available to cyclists?
- What hand signals should be used when communicating with motorists?
- How do you avoid a bicycle-car door collision?
- What types of reflective gear works best both day and night?
- How do you know your helmet is properly fitted? What's the difference between helmet styles, if any?
- How to react when a dog chases you?
PART TWO: GROUP RIDING- Presented by Team In Training Coach & Alumni
- What hand signals should be used when riding as part of a group (stopping, debri in the road, turning, etc)?
- How does "Drafting" work? How do "Pace Lines" work?
- How to safely look back while riding?
- How close should cyclists ride? How far is too far?
- Riding side by side vs Riding in a line?
- Verbal communication (when passing, requesting a break, slowing down)?
PART THREE: BIKE SAFETY CHECK- Presented by Team In Training Goach & Alumni
- Derailleur: Learn how to adjust your derailleur and make cable adjustments
- Clipless Pedals: Team In Training will bring multiple bike trainer stands for participants who want to test out their "clipless pedals" and bike shoes. Bring your road bike, pedals, and shoes to give it a try before using them in motion. Or ask an REI professional to test try a new pair of shoes and pedals if you don't already own some. We'll set up the bike trianing in a side parking lot after the workshop.
This part of the clinic will take place in the side parking lot after the presentation, for folks who bring your own bikes. Please do not bring your bikes into the store.
ABOUT THE BEGINNER RIDE
If you have a road bike, bring it along for a beginner friendly ride through Williamson County, beginning at the REI Brentwood parking lot. We'll ride 5-15 miles (about 45-90 minutes) at a beginner friendly pace with some of this season's Team In Training Century and Triathlon participants. During the ride, learn some group cycling tips along the way, and enjoy the beautiful backcountry scenery that Williamson County has to offer. Need a quick bike tune up before the ride, arrive early and drop your bike off at the Bike Shop before the workshop (Sunday afternoons are busy for them!)
Helmets must be worn (no exceptions).
Registration for these rides is required (FREE) in order to plan a route safe for our anticipated group size. Online registration closes the Friday before the event at 3pm. If you'd like to sign up after registration has closed, please email Sammi.Schmittou@lls.org.
ABOUT TEAM IN TRAINING
Team In Training is an endurance training program through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Each season they train beginner athletes for half or full marathons, century bike rides, and triathlons. During the program, participants fundraise money in the fight against blood cancer. 80% of the money raised goes back to the core mission of LLS (patient services, advocacy, and research), while 20% of the money raised covers the cost of training, travel, lodging, and race entry fee for the participant.
Jump in on a few of our joint Workshops & Beginner Rides, and consider becoming a Team In Training participant for America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride around Lake Tahoe next season! Check out photos from Team Greeners who participated in last year's events!
Learn more at www.TeamInTraining.org/tn. Team Greeners get 50% off your registration fee when you use coupon code L100, or FREE registration when you join the Team Green In Training Fundraising Team!
No registration required for our Cycling Workshop.
To register for the Beginner Bike Ride after the workshop, please use the registration box below. Online registration closes the Friday before the event at 3pm. If you'd like to sign up after registration has closed, please email Sammi.Schmittou@lls.org.