The “Van der Poel” Position

We’ve run a few cyclocross and mountain bike clinics recently where we have been talking about cornering and getting our cranks level before initiating the turn.  This “ready position” we’ve nicknamed the “Van der Poel” position, as he frequently seen demonstrating this to set up for corners, technical sections and to help him recover from high intensity bursts of power.  Here’s an example if you aren’t familiar with it.

This is a great position to initiate a turn from when on dirt, drop and weight the outside foot and push down on the inside hand to make the turn.

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Gear Up partners with SoCalCross for Cross Clinic

Gear Up coaching will partner with SoCalCross to offer a free cyclocross clinic on Saturday September 14, 2019.  With a tag line of “Skills, Drills and Thrills” the clinic will cover cyclocross skills with a breakdown of the techniques, then practice of those skills and the session will finish with a practice race.  All skill levels will be catered for.  For more details and sign ups, follow the links below:

Flyer:  https://tinyurl.com/y6o6jus8

 Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skills-drills-and-thrills-preseason-cyclocross-training-2019-tickets-69351792077

SCNCA Cyclocross Clinic, Sept 2018

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Saturday we ran a cyclocross clinic for SCNCA.  With 20 attendees, it was good to see a mix of young and old, experienced and novice, and local and not so local (San Diego, Redlands, Redondo Beach for example), it just proves cross appeals to a broad range of riders.  Thanks all for coming out, I hope you enjoyed it.

Here are some photos taken at the clinic.  Sorry if I didn’t get a picture of you but I struggle to take pictures and coach as I am usually focused on the coaching, not recording of the event.

Anyway it was a fun clinic and hopefully we can repeat next year, I love group coaching.  We run Tuesday evening cross clinics leading up to cross season, PM us if you want to attend.

Here’s a link to some other pictures from the day from Dorothy Wong…

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