The Benefits of a Pre-Season Cyclocross Training Camp by John Verheul

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It’s now well accepted that attending a camp or clinic is the single best investment you can make in your ‘cross skills. The question isn’t whether to go to one, it’s when and where to go.

The Boulder Cycle Sport FasCat Coaching CX Camp starting August 13th is unique in several ways:

First, it’s in August! 4-6 weeks before the ‘cross season. The benefit here is that you can learn all the skills, get your bike set up, see what you need to do for training, and then you’ve still got time to really get all that stuff settled and in order before the season starts.

Second, we’re doing bike fits! In the past, folks would just show up at a camp or clinic on whatever, and we’d try to make sure they were on an adequate setup, but here we’re really going to do full fits – the kind of fit you’d travel hours and plunk down good money for. Proper fit and setup are so crucial in cyclo-cross.

Third, we’re doing physiological testing, and you’ll walk away not only knowing your strengths and limiters as individually analyzed by professional coaches, but you’ll have a plan to address those limiters before the season. This type of coaching would usually be an add-on if you wanted it, but here it’s included as part of the package.

Finally, you’re going to get a true diversity of experience serving you.

Boulder Cycle Sport (BCS) is one of the premiere shops in the country, the staff there are all very ‘cross knowledgeable. They can tell you exactly what you need to really optimize your rig, and by working with them and getting set up in June, you’ve got time to get everything together. No more wondering if those mud tires will be available in time for the first wet race weekend.  BCS owner Brandon Dwight is an elite ‘crosser and multi-time national champion.  Frank Overton and FasCat Coaching have a truly unique performance center in Boulder, with unparalleled training expertise all under one roof.   I bring the experience of having coached world class athletes like Jeremy Powers, Danny Summerhill and Marc Gullickson, in addition to national champions in various age groups, as well as multiple U.S. World Championship team members. I’ve also been running ‘cross camps and clinics for the last decade, and have continually enhanced and improved the way I approach teaching the sport.

In short, you’re going to get a turnkey solution:

1. Skills practice: check

2. Cyclocross bike fit: check, E

3. Equipment check,

4. Physiological Testing: check, and an

5. Individualized Training Plan: check CHECK!

This CX camp has verything you need to make your 2010 ‘cross season a huge success! You’re going to get it at a time of year that’s early enough to really work the training plan and practice the skills, but also close enough to ‘cross season that you’re not going to forget what you learn. As an added bonus, you’ll meet more people who are as passionate about ‘cross as you, you’ll get some great meals in Boulder, and you’ll be super-amped to get ready for the 2010 season!

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