BOULDER, Colo. (VN) — Yes, it’s August. Yes, it’s 90 degrees outside. But that doesn’t mean that some cyclists, myself included, aren’t already thinking about cooler temperatures, embrocation, post-race upset stomachs and wooden barriers.
Trying to get a leg up on the competition (and over obstacles) 35 cyclocross racers attended the FasCat Coaching-Jeremy Powers Cyclocross Camp August 12-14 in Boulder, Colorado.
Frank Overton, Greg Keller, Pete Webber, John Verheul, Alison Powers, Jon Tarkington, Jeremy Powers and others helped teach the clinic. Riders learned and practicing skills in the field and also spent time in the classroom. Lectures covered bike setup, equipment choice and training plans.
In a clever use of technology, FasCat founder Frank Overton filmed the attendees and reviewed their technique and form over barriers using Dartfish software. Using the slowed-down footage, riders can pick apart the various steps involved in dismounting, clearing barriers and remounting. Coaches also pointed out the areas in which they could use some help.
Jason Hilimire, a FasCat coach, said the camp was a 60/40 mix of locals and out-of-towners. Most of the attendees were from west of the Mississippi; Texas, Iowa, South Dakota, California and Idaho.
“Yesterday (Friday) we had a meet and greet, and then a social ride to the Valmont Bike Park,” he said. “Nobody wanted to leave. There were 35 gigantic smiles. They were like kids in a candy store.”
Pat Larabee stopped by to check on his daughter Lauryn Andre, the only junior at the camp. The 16-year-old from Longmont, Colorado, said the camp was “awesome.”
“The best thing I learned so far is to put my hand on the top tube when dismounting. Normally I kind of skip that part,” she said with a giggle.
Another female ‘crosser in attendance was Nicole Duke, recent signee with the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com professional team.
“Frank is my coach and he asked me to come and help out, especially the women in the clinic — to act as a cheerleader, but also to start honing my own skills,” she said. “I need this camp just as much as everyone else.”
But the man of the hour was certainly Powers. All eyes were focused on the cyclocross veteran and his new Rapha-Focus kit. Team mechanic Brian Dallas even took time out of his weekend at home with the family to come out and support his newest athlete.
Powers delivered his instructions in his normal humorous manner, eliciting as much laughter as he did learning.
“With every camp I do, it’s nice to see people improve over the weekend,” he said. “It’s great to help grow the sport through proper technique. It raises the level of the sport for everyone.”
So don’t feel guilty if visions of mud and barriers are entering your head. You’re not alone. Go ahead, dust off those ‘cross bikes, bang out some intervals and start stockpiling Tums to help with ‘cross gut. The best time of the year is almost here!
This camp cost $395 (airfare and hotel not included) for a 2.5-day session. Check out www.fascatcoaching.com for info on upcoming camps.
2011 FasCat Coaching Jeremy Powers Cyclocross Camp, weather
Boulder showed the 35 attendees a beautiful weekend of weather. Sunscreen and water were more a priority than warm gloves and hot coffee. Photo: Nick Legan
2011 FasCat Coaching Jeremy Powers Cyclocross Camp, coaches chat
Frank Overton (in orange glasses) speaks with John Verheul (white helmet), Nicole Duke and Jeremy Powers about the upcoming skills clinic while campers take a water break. Photo: Nick Legan
2011 FasCat Coaching Jeremy Powers Cyclocross Camp, Frank Overton
Frank Overton, FasCat founder, filmed campers both dismounting and remounting their bikes. Using Dartfish, a motion capture software, he then picked apart their technique to help them improve. Photo: Nick Legan
2011 FasCat Coaching Jeremy Powers Cyclocross Camp, Greg Keller
There was plenty of time for individual attention. Here Greg Keller goes over the finer points of lifting the bike over barriers. Photo: Nick Legan
2011 FasCat Coaching Jeremy Powers Cyclocross Camp, Jeremy Powers
Powers certainly enjoyed his time in Boulder, though he's still getting used to wearing pink. Photo: Nick Legan
2011 FasCat Coaching Jeremy Powers Cyclocross Camp, Slate Olson
Slate Olson of Rapha America attended the FasCat camp. The Portland resident definitely felt the altitude and the heat. Brian Dallas, the Rapha-Focus mechanic, gives his bike a quick adjustment. Photo: Nick Legan
2011 FasCat Coaching Jeremy Powers Cyclocross Camp, bike setup
Campers started the day with a quick seminar on bike setup and equipment choice before heading to Foothills Park in north Boulder for on-bike skills sessions. Photo: Nick Legan
2011 FasCat Coaching Jeremy Powers Cyclocross Camp, Cross Propz
Camp coaches set up several sets of Cross Propz, collapsible barriers, for the on-bike skills clinics. They are portable and aren't as dangerous as more permanent barriers for new cyclocross racers. Photo: Nick Legan