2016 Bill Woodul Race Mechanics Clinic

November 16-20, 2016
U.S. Olympic Training Center
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Instructors are world-class race mechanics with national and international experience. Topics cover the breadth of mechanics' responsibility supporting bicycle racing

Topics Include
Race Support for all Disciplines Bicycle Design Fundamentals
Team Mechanic Responsibilities Bicycle Material Fundamentals
Neutral Mechanic Responsibilities Suspension Theory and Tuning
Interaction (Soigneur, Director) Wheel Theory and Fundamentals
Wheel Change Technique Tubular Tire Fundamentals
Team Inventory Procedures DOT Compliance
Bike Wash and Inspection Packing and Transportation
Tool, Equipment and Supply Needs USA Cycling Opportunities
USA Cycling and UCI Rules  
Calvin Jones gives a demonstration during the 2010 Bill Woodul Mechanics Clinic.
Calvin Jones gives a demonstration during the 2010 Bill Woodul Mechanics Clinic.

Why Come to the Clinic?

  • The clinic helps mechanics reach the next level of professional bicycle mechanic expertise.
  • Licensed mechanics may support Olympic trials, national championships, USA Cycling training camps and international events.
  • Licensed mechanics are covered under the USA Cycling insurance policy during their participation at sanctioned events.
  • Licensed mechanics may support many corporate neutral support programs and teams.
  • Licensed mechanics give your shop an advantage.
  • Attending the clinic allows you to network with leaders in the race mechanic profession and with industry representatives.
  • Attending the clinic allows you the opportunity to become a licensed official, which is necessary to advance in the race mechanic program.

Please note that while some mechanical procedures are covered, this clinic will not teach you to be a bicycle mechanic. Participants are asked to have at least two years of work experience as a bicycle mechanic.

Student applying their gluing techniques during the 2011 clinic.
Student applying their gluing techniques during the 2011 clinic.

Clinic Cost:

  • $675 through September 15
  • $725 from September 16 to October 1

Includes: Housing, Meals, Course Materials and 2 yr Mechanics License

International participants welcome — additional fees apply

Registration Closes October, 1, 2016


How to sign up: Registration is a multi-part process. Please email your resume (outlining two years of bicycle-related mechanical experience) to Gregory Cross. Once approved, you will receive an email from USA Cycling with registration and payment details (accepted forms of payment include Visa, MasterCard or check). Once payment is received you will receive a welcome email with further details for planning your trip.

Classes start Wednesday evening and run through Sunday afternoon. Please plan on arriving at the Olympic Training Center by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Classes will end around noon on Sunday, Nov. 20. Transportation will only be provided to and from the Colorado Springs Airport (COS).