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2019 C-SIG Schedule


Classification Ride:
Saturday, March 9

Orientation & First Ride:
Saturday, March 23

Rides 2-8:
Saturdays, March 30 - May 11

Contact: [email protected]
C-SIG Coordinator
Hannah Borgeson
Jeanette Brizell
Sosi Ermarkaryan
Kerith Gardner
Cynthia Gillham
Paul Hofherr
Aparna Kane
Cynthia Kendall
Jaswatie Khublall
Laurie Malkoff
Gina Negrin
Maria Nocera
Katie O’Connor
Ness Rahmey
Denise Roche
Amy Schecter
Barbara Shimasaki
True Sims
Geraldine Sweeney
Carol Waaser
Steve Wislo

Spring Training: The 2019 C-SIG

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Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 10:30am

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Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 10:30am
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C-SIG on the Move!

Think of It as Cycling College

Learn the basics of cycling from experienced ride leaders with a passion for the sport. Whether your interest is touring, competitive cycling or group riding, the C-SIG provides 8 weeks of intensive training and practice during all-day group rides. Each week the rides get a little longer, a little faster and a little more difficult, so you gain strength and endurance over the spring.   You’ll also get lessons in the following areas of competency:

Essential Riding Skills

Efficient pedal stroke, cadence, using a cycle computer, maximizing use of gears, balance/coordination, passing/acceleration, hill ascent, braking on fast down-hills, short stops, hairpin turns, etc.  (Please note: Before joining the SIG you must have the basic riding skills of starting, stopping and riding in a straight line.)

Road and Group Riding Skills – hand signals (stopping, turning, road obstacles), safety skills for riding in traffic.

Bike Maintenance and Repair Skills – changing a flat, care and lubrication of chain and crank, adjusting brakes.

Nutrition and Hydration – timing, quality, quantities.

Bike Fit – for maximum efficiency and injury prevention.

The Best Cycling Clothes – for riding comfortably in cold, hot, wet and everything in-between weather.

Emergency First Aid Response – basics for acting quickly in case of emergency AND much more! 

Build a foundation of cycling skills that will last a lifetime. Learn to ride stronger and more safely with groups and develop as a cyclist beyond your wildest dreams. The C-SIG is a stimulating and supportive environment for developing endurance, stamina, and friendships.

Your equipment: You can use a road bike, a hybrid or a mountain bike (please see the FAQs for more information on using a hybrid or mountain bike).  However, your wheels must have quick-release skewers (the things that hold the wheels onto the bike) as opposed to a skewer that requires a wrench to loosen a nut; and if your bike has downtube shifters (mostly on older steel road bikes), you must know how to use them properly.  If you are unsure of your equipment, ask your bike shop to help you.


You are required to do the Classification Ride on March 9 (or the rain date).

This is a progressive series, with each week taking us a little farther and a little faster. Each week, we build on what we have learned in the previous weeks. Since much of our course material is presented in the early weeks, attendance at the first three sessions is particularly important.

Signing up for the C-SIG means you have made a commitment to spend 8 consecutive Saturdays cycling with us this spring. You are required to attend at least six of the eight rides. And if you miss the Orientation on March 23, plus one of the first two rides (March 23, or March 30); OR if you miss two of the first three rides (March 23, March 30, April 6), you will not be allowed to continue.


We start with our Classification Ride (one day only) on March 9, 2019. We then hold an Orientation session and first group ride on the morning of Saturday, March 23.  (The indoor Orientation will take place on the 23rd rain or shine. The rain date for the first ride is Sunday March 24). Both the Classification Ride and Orientation are essential to participating in the SIG. More details are in the confirmation email you will receive after you register for the C-SIG, and there will be another email toward the end of February with more information as well.  (Please read the FAQs linked at the top of this page, and read the emails you will get post-registration.  These may answer your questions before you send us an email query.)

The course itself takes place on Saturdays, all day, from March 23 to May 11, 2019. Sundays are back-up days. Because of bad weather, almost every year at least one or two rides end up taking place on Sundays.  If you miss them, they count as absences.

Please note: due to a limited number of participants this year, we ask that you double check your calendar and other commitments to make sure you can attend the required weekends to complete the SIG. There will be no waiting list this season and because we will not be able to accommodate all who wish to join, if you change your mind and bow out before the start or do not finish, you will be depriving someone who otherwise might have participated and benefited from the SIG.


There is more necessary and important information in the C-SIG FAQs at the top of the page. If you are interested in taking the C-SIG, please read the FAQs, which may answer many of your questions.

You may also like to get a head start by looking over the following C-SIG materials, especially articles on clothing, nutrition, exercises, checking your bike.

Towards the end of the C-SIG, your Leaders will make suggestions on organizing and leading club rides. While the SIG is “free”, at the end of the SIG, we expect that each participant give back to the club, preferably by leading a ride or by volunteering for a club activity in 2019.



C – SIG handouts

ABC Quick Bike Check: from Transportation Alternatives

Tire Care Before and After Each Ride

Clothing and Accessories

Coordinated Emergency Response

Nutrition for Cycling

Riding in Traffic: from John S. Allen. Street Smarts: Bicycling’s Traffic Survival Guide

Stretching Chart p. 1 : from Bob and Jean Anderson.

Stretching 2000 Stretching Chart p. 2 : from Bob and Jean Anderson. Stretching 2000

Cleaning and lubing your bike: from T.K. at Larry’s Second Avenue Bicycle Plus (since updated)

Changing a Rear Tire : from Larry and Benny at Larry’s Second Avenue Bicycle Plus

Bike Handling

Spring Training: The 2019 C-SIG
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