Amin, junior racer for Team Velocipede, has been attending the MABRA Beginning Racer Program, a series of five clinics being held on the weekends from June through August. We’ve been documenting each clinic and posting them to the Team Velocipede YouTube Channel. Here’s the first one:
MABRA Beginning Racer Program
The 2016 USA Cycling Beginning Racer Program presented by the Mid-Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association (MABRA) is designed to provide new racers with an enjoyable and educational experience as they learn to race. The objective of the program is to inspire and educate new riders, increase annual licensed membership, and improve cycling skills, leading to safer and more enjoyable racing experiences. BRP is designed to be fun and valuable, leading to safer racing and greater rider participation.
How Does BRP Work? What about Upgrade Points?
Almost everyone at some point in their life has learned to ride a bike, but very few have learned or been taught how to race their bike. For new racers, the USA Cycling BRP is a great way to learn the skills and dynamics of bike racing in a safe and unintimidating environment. Whether you are a young junior rider or a master’s athlete, the BRP will guide you step by step through how to race without the pressure of a competitive environment. USA Cycling approved BRP clinics count as two (2) upgrade points for each clinic for both Men cat 5 and Women cat 4 road cyclists. Women cat 4 road cyclists are authorized to apply up to ten (10) points from the Beginning Racer Program clinics towards cat 3 road upgrades. More information can be found here.In order to receive the full two (2) points from a USA Cycling BRP clinic, the rider must complete and take part in all three (3) components of the BRP clinic; 1) on-bike instruction/clinic; 2) race; 3) race debrief (no partial points will be awarded for only attending one of the three components of the BRP).
All sessions will be held 8:30 am – noon, at Magruder Park (big parking lot) in Hyattsville, MD
Sunday, June 5, 2016 – Basic pack skills: protecting your front wheel
Sunday, June 12, 2016 – Cornering: choosing and holding your line
Saturday, July 2, 2016 – Pack awareness & skills
Sunday, July 10, 2016 – Sprinting basics
Sunday, August 7, 2016 – Bringing it all together
Who is Coaching the 2016 BRP Clinics?
Peter Lindeman, Pyramid Training Systems
Bill Gros, Pyramid Training Systems
Robb Hamption, R2 Endurance Coaching
Chris Kelley, Kelley Acres Speed Shop
Andy Cicero, Rise Above Cycles