“When I picture Dads riding, I think of riders muscling their bike around the track. By the end of todays session you should be riding safer and faster, with less effort.” A blunt generalization? Certainly. It was also straight forward enough to have everyone on the same page right from the start of our Dads day earlier this month.
Organized by the now legendary Tony Heyblom, no less than a dozen riders descended on Pirinis Park for a discounted morning all their own. Busy as Dads always are, some were late in arriving, so we started right on time to keep them in line.
I’m not sure if the stragglers missed out or benefitted from being ten minutes late though. The amount of info I loaded on the interested riders in that short time was something akin to a brain spew as the topics quickly rolled from one point to another without getting a chance to try them out. Many of the riders had never been coached before and seemed to enjoy a logical conversation to get to the bottom of some questions that had been rolling around in their minds for quite some time.
Getting back on track and in keeping with the initial theme I got them on the front brake rather than rear, and gentle on the initial turn of the throttle. I never get tired of seeing riders begin leaning into turns or railing ruts better than they had before. Things got even more satisfying some began finding their wings, while others just looked more comfortable in the air.
Our last session was a bit more open, mainly involving a free ride time where I was able to try out a bunch of different bikes to give feedback on how they felt. What blew me away was how one bike could feel so light while another of the same make and brand could feel twice as heavy, simply because of the condition of their suspension and brakes. I was even able to step back a decade and ride some of the bikes I had raced against years ago, or try out the latest edition of something new.
Our next plan is to run one of these on a weekend, so keep half an ear out for it if you are a riding Dad in the BOP, or married to one and think they could do with a touch up of their riding skills!