Skills Clinics Grow NYS Bicycle Racing

Last month saw several skills/race clinic across NYS.  These clinics are great opportunities for new riders to build the race specific skills that will help them become safer and faster on the bike.  Additionally, clinics can be a great ways to acquire race days or experience points for category 5 and category 4 racers seeking upgrades.

Here are a few pictures shared to us from two recent clinics that were supported by NYSBRA Grants. Don’t forget to check the calendar for more clinics throughout the season.

Plan2Peak Buffalo Skills Clinic (April 21st – 23rd, Buffalo)

“Just a brief note of thanks to NYSBRA for your support of this great event.  By all accounts those that participated where united in saying that this clinic was terrific.  As advertised they all learned how to be more safe, confident and competitive racers going forward.  Here is a post from one of the participants which captures how they all felt.  Special kudos to Coach Peter Cummings for being both competent and professional throughout the 3 days. “Denise Hochul Wonderful clinic!!! Thanks so much BBC for offering this!! Peter and mentors were incredible–I learned so much by observing and doing—so great to have all the assistance and feedback—the training race was great, too!!”  (Robert Johnson – BBC)


BonkWerx Coaching Race Clinic (April 30th – Syracuse)

 “Even with the rain (and a few flashes of lightning), we had 13 participants including 2 new Juniors and 5 brand new racers attend.  For a single day clinic –  we covered A LOT of material –  including protecting your front wheel in a pack, proper high speed (and wet weather) cornering, contact drills and even some basic race strategies.  Feedback was extremely positive on all portions of the clinic, with many of the riders aiming to put their new skills to use in their first ever races next weekend.” (Noel Bonk)


If you have a clinic supported by NYSBRA please send us pictures to share!

34th Annual Army Spring Classic race weekend

An exciting weekend of racing at the 34th Annual Army Spring Classic. Thank you to Donald Jackson for the great pictures and write-up below.

On April 1th and 16th, the Army West Point Cycling Team held its 34th Annual Army Spring Classic race weekend, consisting of a team time trial and hilly road race conducted at Harriman State Park and a short fast criterium on Sunday at United States Military Academy. The weekend went very well and the cycling team put a lot of planning and preparation into making the event as safe and successful as possible for all collegiate and USAC riders, which really paid off during and after the races. Many racers were especially excited for the criterium, and overall all participants in the Army Spring Classic seemedpleased with the weekend events. We are very grateful to NYSBRA for our grant, which assisted us with meeting the extensive resource demands needed to host the Army Spring Classic again this year.

Thanks to NYSBRA's grant, it was a very successful and smoothly run weekend.

Donald R. Jackson

Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) Training Development -ARMY

CYCLING TEAM-OIC- USMA, West Point, NY 10996

New York State Bicycle Racing Association 1Q Quarterly Meeting Minutes

New York State Bicycle Racing Association 1Q Quarterly Meeting Minutes

Telecon: 7pm-8pm, Wednesday, 15Mar17
Dial in: 1 (605) 475-5920 Participant code: 298-2449#

Officer/Board Attendees: Jeff Poulin (President), Tom Weichmann (Vice President), Dave Beals (CX), Mike Cormier (Vice President), Lucia Deng (NYC Rep), Leona Chin (Junior Rep), Tony Sylor (Junior Rep), Rich Scaduto (WNY Rep), Gary Toth (Permit Coord; Adirondack Rep), Kelly Neuner (Women’s Rep), Shane Ferro (Women’s Rep)

Officer/Board Absent: Noel Bonk (Secretary- at work!), Liz Marcello (Officials Coord- on holiday!), Lloyd Campbell (Central), Justin Strauss (Junior Rep), Eric Ragot (Hudson Rep), Myles Romanow (LI Rep)

President’s Report (Jeff Poulin)

• Actions since the annual meeting update: the following minutes record actions approved by the board and completed since the annual meeting, with rationale:

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Juniors “United” Ride Recap

Parents, coaches and riders coming togther to build communication and training opportunities for Juniors! Enjoy the ride recap shared by Douglas Toback, a parent of a 12 year old Junior Racer.

And we’re off …..

What an awesome day – far exceeded what was planned.

First off – this happened because of our team coaches and parents! Commitment!  We had parents coming in from everywhere to make this happen – we had someone drive from PA, they came by Van, from the end of Long Island –

Everyone pitched in – Coach Dave (Star Track) drove the support car, Nolan (Cuevas) rode with the group, Maura made the apre ride sandwiches …. Diana got DJ and me out of the house!

Then there are our junior riders!!  The came ready to go –

The first wave of the areas best – State and National champs – cross discipline – with one goal – riding to smile – meeting each other and getting ready to make this a killer year. And it clicked- all our kids, our riders, our racers were talking, laughing and working together. The day was balmy and sunny – I was thinking about wearing shorts

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