Note: You must be a paid member to register for this event. You are either not logged in or your membership has expired.

NYCC Suspends all ...

It will come as no surprise, that the New York Cycle Club’s Board of Directors has decided to CANCEL all Club-sponsored activities for the next eight weeks. This cancellation includes all SIGs, STSs, Club rides, laps-in-the-park training rides, social events, and Club meetings. For more details, please see the home page.

2020 C-SIG Schedule

C-SIG FAQs

Classification Ride:
Saturday, March 14

Orientation & First Ride:
Saturday, March 28

Rides 2-8:
Saturdays, April 4 - May 16

Contact[email protected]
 
Leaders 
Hannah Borgeson
Jeanette Brizel
Sosi Ermarkaryan
Kerith Gardner
Cynthia Gillham
Paul Hofherr
Gary Iott
Aparna Kane
Cynthia Kendall
Jaswattie Khublall
Laurie Malkoff
Harry May
Gina Negrin
Maria Nocera
Katie O’Connor
Ness Rahmey
Amy Schecter
Barbara Shimasaki
True Sims
Carol Waaser
Steve Wislo

Spring Training: The 2020 C-SIG

  • Home
  • Spring Training: The 2020 C-SIG
Date: 
Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 10:30am
Spots: 
90

Back to The SIG & STS Home

 
"All About the SIG" club meeting: Tuesday, February 11 [details]
Registration opens (right here on this page): Wednesday, February 12, at 10 a.m.
Spots: 90
Registration closes: Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. (or earlier if full)
Classification Ride: Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
Orientation: Saturday, March 28, 2020
Rides: Saturdays, March 28-May 16, 2020 (rain dates on Sundays)
 
 

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. Pedal-assist bikes are not permitted.

Attendance   

You are required to do the Classification Ride on March 14 (or the rain date).

Signing up for the C-SIG means you have made a commitment to spend 8 consecutive Saturdays March 28-May 16 (or Sunday rain dates) cycling with us this spring. You are required to attend at least six of the eight rides. If you miss the Orientation on March 28 plus one of the first two rides (March 28 or April 4); OR if you attend orientation but miss two of the first three rides (Marc 28, April 4, April 11), you will not be allowed to continue.

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.

Please note: Due to the limited number of spots in the SIG, 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 register but 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.

Dates

We start with our Classification Ride (one day only) on March 14. We then hold an Orientation session on the morning of March 28 followed by the first group ride. (The indoor Orientation will take place rain or shine. The rain date for the first ride is March 29). Both the Classification Ride and Orientation are essential to participating in the SIG. 

The course itself takes place on Saturdays, all day, from March 28 to May 16, 2020. 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.

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.)

Giving Back

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 2020.

More Info

There is more necessary and important information in the C-SIG FAQs. 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.

 

 

 

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 2020 C-SIG
03.14.2020
10:30am
cycling trips