Friday, May 28, 2021

2021 Registration is Open!

The 2021 "Summer Training Special" will take place on Sunday, June 20, 2021 in Dexter, Michigan — parking and registration at Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales + Kitchen

Register now on BikeReg, review the schedule, and check out the new course.

The event is one day this year rather than a series because, well, pandemic planning is tricky. The clinic will focus on introducing all the basics of safe riding and racing in a group, and we have a full slate of races for various category racers. Come join us in June! 

Friday, May 14, 2021

Updated 2021 Plan

Plan B
Planning during a pandemic makes all the basics harder! We had hoped to do the five-week series but realized there were too many loose ends to make that all happen, so we're scaling down to one week. We have not finalized plans, but we are focused on doing a clinic and races on Sunday, June 20 on the course in Dexter, MI. As we confirm things in the near future we'll post more details regarding schedule, categories, registration, etc.

Monday, April 12, 2021

2021 Schedule

The Ann Arbor Spring Training Series is on the schedule for 2021! We're starting with the goal to have a similar program to past years with a Beginning Racer Program that introduces new racers to safe and effective pack riding, plus a number of categories to practice new skills or simply get out and race. The details are not finalized, but do have some dates. As we are able to confirm more details for the series we will share more about the schedule, location, etc. 

Sundays: June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18, and July 25, 2021. 

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Beginning Racer Webinar, Session 2

We wrapped up the Beginning Racer Webinars yesterday, and in case you missed either session, they are both available online. See the first session video posted last week that covers the basics of riding in a group, or check out the second session below (or here) that covers cornering, sprinting, and moving around in a group of riders. 

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Beginning Racer Webinar, Session 1

If you missed the first session of the Beginning Racer Webinar or you're new to riding in a group and want to learn the basics, check it out below (or here). We covered the basic skills and concepts of riding in a group. 

We'll build on these next week in the second session by talking about how these basics are applied to cornering, sprinting, and navigating your way through a group of riders. If you'd like to join us live on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 8:30 to listen or ask questions, sign up here (free!) any time before that session starts. 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

We're Back … Virtually!

While the Ann Arbor Spring Training Series is on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, bike riding has been on anything but a hiatus—people are out enjoying riding! At some point outdoor racing will return and we want to help new racers—or even just people interested in riding in groups—be prepared. So we're hosting two sessions of the Beginning Racer Webinar, June 20 and 27, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

In this free webinar, learn the basics for riding in a group. You could be headed out with friends, joining a group ride, finishing a gran fondo, doing a gravel grinder, or racing in a criterium—understanding how you should ride and what to expect of others in a group will help you to ride faster and more safely!

This program will be done in two sessions. On Saturday, June 20 we will cover the fundamentals of what, why, and how to ride well in a group. The following Saturday, June 27, we will build on those fundamentals by applying and adapting them to cornering, sprinting, and other dynamic group riding situations. Along the way we will have plenty of time for question and answer about group riding or cycling in general.

Please join us for both sessions, but if you can't participate live make sure to register and we will notify you when the recorded versions are available.

Normally we'd learn and practice these basics during the Ann Arbor Spring Training Series, but until the series returns live we're excited to help you learn the foundations of basic group riding skills.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Original 2020 dates cancelled, planning for future

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the related suspension of USA Cycling event permits through May 31, 2020, none of the originally scheduled Ann Arbor Spring Training Series dates will take place. We are currently looking at the calendar for the remainder of 2020, considering different dates, and different formats. Additionally, we are assessing how best to work within the overall competitive race schedule and our volunteer hours in light of the many current and future changes and challenges in cycling and far beyond. If we choose to put on another version of the Spring Training Series at some point this year, we will announce it here and across our social media channels. Regardless, we are committed to continuing our annual multi-week series including the clinic to help orient new racers to road racing skills.