Race 1 of the fall season of NICA is in the books. Check out this video overview by Jack Anderson. You can’t miss Ana on the move at the 0:35 second mark. Feedback and chatter… More
With a course mapped out by Coach Rick, Team Co-Captain Autumn and National Champion Jewel (I couldn’t resist!), the team picked up the pace today. Our riders have been busy filling their toolboxes with skills. This practice was a chance to use those tools to build a good lap or two. Kudos to our adult volunteers who filled ALL the typical race day roles like time keeper, course marshals and sweepers.
Coach Mike got us thinking last night. If a race is like a book of matches, when you come to the final lap, will you have a match left to strike? Will you have enough for a fiery finish?
All eyes turned to our guest rider, Cam Holland. Caught on camera, Cam is admitting that, even after 30 years of riding, he often has lit all of his matches before the final lap. This “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” confession was an excellent segue into the proper way to pace oneself and reminders on when and how to properly pass.
And then the simulated race began! The team chased Cam who showed true tenacity by riding at least 3 laps on a flat. Excellent effort by all of our youth on a hot and humid, Coastal Virginia, night.
Everyone has/had a favorite subject in school. Does that change based on the following analogies to the importance of practicing bike handling skills?
Language Arts: Parts of Speech
- skills (noun): the ability to do something well; expertise
- hone (verb): refine or perfect (something) over a period of time
- habitual (adjective): 1. done or doing constantly or as a habit. 2. regular, usual synonyms: accustomed, normal, set, fixed, well established, routine
Math: Transitive Property of Equality
If a=b and b=c, then a=c.
- Let a= skills practice
- Let b= increased safety
- Let c= increased FUN!
Physical Science: Newton’s Laws of Motion
Newton’s first law- An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.
Newton’s second law- An object will only accelerate or negatively accelerate if there is a net or unbalanced force acting upon it; changing its speed, its direction, or both. THINK: riding over roots and rocks, around trees, through corners, up and down switchbacks.
Fine Arts: Photography
As evidenced by the number of photos, the quality of Shelly Liebler’s photos proves that practice makes perfect!
[Inset school bell ringing here.] Skills practice increases the FUN!
Cue up Who Are You by The Who on your MP3 player:
Well, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) I really wanna know (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) Tell me, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?)
Individually, she/he is a….Camper, outdoors-(wo)man, runner, cross country runner, dancer, soccer player, small-boat sailor, rower, BMX-er, dirt bike rider, cook, Scouter, reader, helper, and more.
Together, we are Colonial Revolution!
We are a cross country mountain bike team comprised of youth, coaches, community partners and sponsors, plus parent volunteers. Our team philosophy is a metaphor for life (Coach Mike)— This is outdoor and experiential learning where we keep working toward a goal. Each rider creates a “Trail Toolbox of Skills” (Coach Mike) through building base fitness, developing and perfecting skills, building core strength, race specific training, and sportsmanship.
We blaze trails in the dirt but also as ambassadors for the sport of mountain biking. In the minds of the other park visitors—hikers, bikers, dog walkers, horseback riders—we are the embodiment of all mountain bikers (Coach Jake). As such, each member of the team represents not only themselves but also the local mountain biking community and the Colonial Revolution brand. We aim to WOW them with our speak-first attitude, trail etiquette and safety mindedness!
Stretching our skills in the field with the attack position and leaning. Notice the watchful and helpful eyes and modeling of the coaches.
A shout out to Robert at Red Barn Bikes for the generous donation to the team from his March Tune-Up Fundraiser. And to all of his customers who made the extra effort to get their machines into his shop during March, we thank you and appreciate your support of our team. Merci! Gracias! Danke! See you on the trails.
Blue Ridge School in St. George hosted race 5 of the 2018 Spring VAHS Series. (See results by race here.) It was a beautiful day for racing but plenty hot. And to think, the first race of this series was rescheduled because of snow! No complaining about the stream crossing today.
As this wraps up the spring series, a note from Coach Mike:
Woodberry Forest was fast and furious! Rider roll call:
More awesome photos from Shelly here!
Hogwarts School of Cycling…it looks like it, right? The Miller School of Albemarle hosted race 1 which was rescheduled from early April due to snow. This rider roll call is titled Faces at the Finish. For photos of the start, and middle, see Shelly’s gallery or Ellen’s collection.