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USA Cycling Beginning Racer Program

Clinic is on Saturday, November 1, 2014 and Saturday, December 13, 2014.
More clinics in January and February 2015 to follow.
Please register BELOW.

After the success of criterium racing clinics in January, March, and August of 2014, Gary Tingley has moved the bar by producing and directing a Beginning Racing Program (BRP) under the guidance of USA Cycling (USAC) during the fall 2014 and winter 2015.

Registration is $30. Clinic limited to fifty (50) Category 5 cyclists (over the age of 16). The first two clinics are in San Diego at the Mira Mesa Huennekens course. The final three (3) clinics will be in Orange County at a location to be determined.


USAC BRP is open to Category 5 licensed racers over the age of 16, and is designed to develop a rider’s bike racing skills, allowing for safer and more enjoyable racing experiences. Riders who complete both the clinic and race portion will earn upgrade points, or have the events count as mass finishes. For a Category 5 racers, one (1) clinic completion counts as two (2) mass start finishes. This program was developed and modeled after the Northern California Early Bird Racing Series, directed by Larry Nolan, Laurel Green, Matt McNamara, John Cheetham, and Dan Smith.

Category 5 cyclists may upgrade to Category 4 by obtaining ten (10) points (race days). These points can be achieved by finishing 10 mass start races, or by completing five (5) USAC approved BRP clinics, or a combination of both. Mass start races count as one (1) point for each completed race and USAC approved BRP clinics count as two (2) points for each clinic.

Clinics and Dates

Clinic #1: Basic Pack Skills
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Mira Mesa, San Diego, CA

Clinic #2: Cornering–Choosing and Holding Your Line
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Mira Mesa, San Diego, CA

Clinics #3, #4, and #5 TBD.

Director: Gary Tingley, M.S., USAC Level 1 Cycling Coach
Promoter: Robert Panzera, M.A., USAC Level 1 Cycling Coach,

Details and location specifics will be emailed to registrants one week prior to each clinic.

Each Clinic Includes

  • On and off the bike training with USA Cycling Level 1 coaches and mentors
  • 30-minute training practice race
  • Five (5) take-home training workouts and handouts
  • Additional skills and sprinting workouts via Trainingpeaks™ (code will be provided)

Show up prepared with cycling clothing, bicycle, helmet, and any other items you need for riding your bike. Bring your own water and snack. This clinic is a participation based clinic, so being ready to ride is important to get the maximum out of your participation.


8:45am: Check in
9:00am: Introduction and Safety
9:15am: Begin instruction
10:30am: Training Practice Race
11:15am: Post-Training Race Debrief, Q&A and Wrap Up
12:00noon: Clinic complete

All participants must be USAC licensed, sign a release form, and wear a helmet.

Questions? Contact Gary Tingley ( or Robert Panzera (


Current registrations for USA Cycling Beginning Racer Program

Sat 11/1/14BRPMen
Show Rider List Show Race Predictor Riders: 14
Sat 12/13/14BRPMen
Show Rider List Show Race Predictor Riders: 27

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