The idea of putting yourself out there to race, pushing yourself past your limits and maybe beating some other women to the line is very attractive to competitive athletes. But let’s be honest, racing is intimidating and yet it is sexy and appealing in so many ways.
Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado is helping women overcome fears, and making road and criterium racing a safer sport with women’s racing clinics. I reached out to the organizer, Kim Nordquist, to get some background on the upcoming criterium clinic and what women should be ready for.
Colorado’s Beginner Women Racing Program
The mentoring clinic is sponsored by the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado and has been an annual event for several years. We have six experienced women racers, including one USAC Certified Coach, who will lead the clinic on the 23rd of April. Our clinic is held at the Without Limits Louisville Criterium, before the beginning women’s races, at 7:20 am. The mentors will lead a discussion about riding safely in a pack, holding your line and cornering at speed. We will complete three to four preview laps practicing what we discussed, with one lap at race speed. This clinic is free and open to women of all ages and abilities. The Bicycle Racing Association features several Beginning Racer Program clinics throughout the year for women as well as men. Please visit BRAC for more information: https://www.coloradocycling.