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 email@example.com.