Fifty-Five Earn Race Certification at USA Cycling Mechanics Clinic
Colorado Springs, Colo. (Jan. 14, 2008) - USA Cycling graduated 55 participants from the Bill Woodul Mechanics Clinic which took place Jan. 10-13 in Colorado Springs. Mechanics from around the country took advantage of a unique, one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn from industry instructors, receive hands-on experience and network with leaders in the cycling industry.
Students came from all over the United States to take advantage of the only instructional seminar of its kind in the world. Three full days of training offered hands on preparation in various aspects of race mechanics and support.
“Our goal is to develop a core knowledge standard in race mechanics that can be relied on down to the grassroots level,” explained Park Tool’s Calvin Jones, who helped co-found the clinic over 20 years ago.
With sessions ranging from fork and shock fundamentals, to wheel change and management to DOT compliance, the course, the only one of its kind in the world, is designed to give mechanics insight into all aspects of race support and management.
“This clinic teaches you all the things you have to do that people don’t often consider,” said former graduate turned long-time instructor, Dave Arnauckas of Shimano. “This camp is so multi-faceted and offers insight you could seldom get anywhere else,”
Industry experts from various parts of the racing community, including companies such as MAVIC, Park Tool and Shimano made presentations which included following topics:
- Caravan and Motorcycle Support
- Officials Clinic
- Power Output Measurement
- Department of Transportation Compliance
- BMX Support
- Cyclo-cross Support
- Road Team Support
- Track Support
- Mountain Bike Support
- Neutral Criterium and Road Support
- Bike Washing
- Packing and Transportation of Bikes
- Materials of Construction: Carbon Fiber
- Wheel Change Management
- Fork and Shock Fundamentals
- Race Equipment Preparation
- Pack Out – Trip Inventory
- Position Measurement
- Tubular Tires
- Race Equipment Preparation
Fifty-five different mechanics completed the course and earned the privilege to carry a USA Cycling mechanic’s license. As a USA Cycling-licensed mechanic, individuals become eligible for certain industry jobs with cycling-related companies or professional teams and enhance their employment opportunities at local bike shops.
“We’ve been able to learn all the ‘tricks’ from people who’ve been in the industry for a long time,” said clinic student and Service Manager at Motherload Bicycles in Reno, Nevada, Erik Maresjo. “This is an invaluable experience that will make me more marketable to get out there and make a living helping racers.”
Students come into the course with a variety of backgrounds and goals but all leave with an enhanced ability to provide the best tools possible for optimal performance, for all types of riders.
“I simply hope to expand my overall knowledge base,” said Tyler Russell of Tulsa, Oklahoma. “All the inside tips will help me in my everyday work as well.”
The clinic is named after Bill Woodul, who held the first USA Cycling mechanics clinic in the late 1980’s as a way to recruit mechanics for his program.
Past graduates of the program have gone on to work for teams all over the world.
USA Cycling would like to recognize the 55 graduates of the 2008 Bill Woodul Mechanics Clinic:
Shawn R Carroll
Jeffrey T. Goelz
John T. Gordon
Eric Robert Tittsworth
Nick Van Driel
About USA Cycling
Recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling promotes American cycling through its 60,000 members and 2,500 annual events. USA Cycling associations include the BMX Association (BMX), National Off-Road Bicycle Association (mountain bike), U.S. Cycling Federation (road/track), the National Collegiate Cycling Association and the U.S. Professional Racing Organization (professional men’s road). For more information visit www.usacycling.org or contact USA Cycling Director of Communications, Andy Lee at 719-866-4867.
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