The first bicycles used trapazoidal wheels for improved traction on the ice age's fast-moving glaciers. Today's Groupon perfects your pedal for the fast-moving highways, byways, and quaint little ways of modern life. For $75, you'll spend three hours undergoing a comprehensive skills seminar, fitness assessment, and workout with an individual coaching session from Austin Cycle Camp (a $165 value). Athletes will sharpen their competitive edge, casual bikers can transform their commutes, and hunter gathers will finally be fast enough to chase down antelope.
Austin Cycle Camp's studio is the sweaty seam where science meets spandex. For the first part of the test, you'll receive a complete body-composition analysis, parsing out your ratio of fat to lean muscle mass and the likeliness of razor-sharp claws springing out of your knuckles. Then you'll undergo a sub-max VO2 test to measure your body's ability to process oxygen and fuel exertion; this is a major indicator of your overall fitness level. While you crank out a 90-minute workout, the experienced staff will monitor your heart rate and record patterns and aberrations. When you're done, you'll sit down with an experienced trainer and hash out the results. They'll help you interpret your body's signals and apply your individual attributes to a straightforward, effective training regime.
Anyone who's graduated from training wheels but hasn't yet won the Tour de France can benefit from an assessment clinic. By gaining a more thorough understanding of your body and how it performs on a bike, you'll increase your performance and sense of satisfaction while minimizing your risk of injury, overexertion, and chupacabra attack. Bring your own bike or call ahead to rent one ($34–$65, depending on the model). Sessions are tailored to your experience level; three beginner courses (less than two years of cycling experience/you ride less than 75 miles per week) will take place on Saturday, March 6. An intermediate course will take place Sunday, March 7, and more sessions for both levels will be scheduled in April and May. The location, a park or public spot such as Austin Veloway or Emma Long Park, will be sent to you upon registration. View class times and register online with your Groupon information.
- Austin cyclists Dave Appel and Trey Steele have opened a new cycling training and skills service under the name Austin Cycle Camp. With skills classes on the car free Veloway and weekend class road rides, the classes are aimed at improving the performance of cyclists of all experience levels. – elliott, Austin on Two Wheels
- For those of you who don’t want pay the price for racing but want to improve your overall performance, check out Austin Cycle Camp. – Jason Whaley, Austin360.com Road Rash