Bike Camp is the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club’s education and training program for beginning cyclists and people returning to the sport. Now in its thirteenth year, Bike Camp focuses on road cycling and combines both instructional and on-the-road training in a safe, supported environment. It’s a great way to learn or improve your cycling skills and build confidence with riding on the road. Renee Mitchell, KBC President said, “Bike Camp is a way to learn safe cycling in a no-pressure environment. It’s a great way for anyone to learn the sport from the ground up.”
Bike Camp consists of five sessions, starting with an orientation and information session on Thursday, May 10th, followed by four consecutive Saturday morning (8:30 a.m.) information and riding sessions:
- Saturday, May 12
- Saturday, May 19
- Saturday, May 26
- Saturday, June 2
Specific topics covered in Bike Camp include bike fit for better comfort and efficiency, bicycle laws, navigating safely on the road with traffic, bicycle handling skills, basic bicycle mechanics, and training to reach fitness goals. Each Saturday session includes on-the-road group rides led by experienced mentors. The group rides are organized by pace and distance to accommodate everyone’s fitness level.
In addition to the educational and training sessions, Bike Camp includes a one-year membership to the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club and registration in this year’s KalTour, the club’s Kalamazoo Scenic Bicycle Tour which takes place in late June.
Bike Camp is designed for adults and minors, 12 and up. The price for Bike Camp 2018 is $50 for individuals and $60 for families signing up before May 1; $60 for individuals and $70 for families signing up after May 1. To register for Bike Camp or learn more about the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club and its weekly rides and activities, visit the group’s website at: www.kalamazoobicycleclub.org.