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Learn About Cyclocross With Free Clinics

Wednesday, Sept. 12

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Has road biking gotten a little mundane? Does mountain biking make you yawn? Do you sometimes yearn for a challenge that will throw mud, sand, pavement and assorted obstacles at you while a rowdy group of spectators hoots and hollers from the sidelines?

Then we have the sport for you: cyclocross.

It's already one of the fastest growing segments of cycling, drawing on the appeal of an almost obstacle course-like route that combines various riding surfaces and features that have to be negotiated by riders. While it's a blast for those in the sport, it can be a little intimidating for the curious. But no fear--you can learn the sport from the experts with a series of free weekly cyclocross training clinics.

Ron Miller and Tim Kelley host the clinics every Wednesday night, beginning Sept. 12, at Quarry View Park in Boise.

Clinics begin at 5:30 p.m. with an open practice and some one-on-one time with the instructors, followed by a formal clinic beginning at 6 p.m. Topics will vary each week but will cover the basics of cyclocross, including riding on various surfaces, bike-carrying techniques, dismounts and remounts. At 6:45 p.m., participants will spend 10 to 15 minutes doing hot lap sessions to practice what they've learned.

For more info on the clinics, email Miller at ronmillerpt@yahoo.com.

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