Teams Use Spin Camp to Prepare for the Season
Pro teams have them; colleges do too. A pre-season training camp is a perfect time to bring beginner riders together with seasoned racers, to start building team chemistry and to develop goals for the upcoming season.
Two years ago, the Casa Grande High School team in Petaluma, CA adopted a ‘Spin Camp’ as the focus of their pre-season preparation. The camp began in early December and was held at a local health club. The one hour, weekly sessions were scheduled during slower times for the fitness club, like late Sunday afternoons. The club provided a certified Spin instructor, locker room facilities and the spin bikes, free of charge. For the camp, Coach Scot Wigert worked with Spin Instructor Andy Eber to create sessions that focused on specific objectives, from body positioning and riding form, to pedaling technique and interval training.
“In the spin studio I have close and controlled contact with each rider. The faster riders can’t separate themselves from the newbies; everyone is on the same machines and everyone rides together. I can assess their skill and give immediate feedback on form and technique, increasing confidence that when we hit the dirt, we will have a safe and successful ride”, notes Coach Scot Wigert.
With limited daylight and the addition of new, inexperienced riders, the Spin Camp has many advantages to supplement trail riding. The Camp provides a safe environment, unaffected by weather, for all riders to develop cycling power and confidence regardless of their technical ability. First-time riders, veteran riders, parents and coaches all participate in the structured sessions together, building a sense of community and team.
Don't have access to a spin club? Get riders on their Kinetic stationary trainers and a boom-box and you have a great alternative! NICA student-athletes can purchase Kinetic trainers for $150 (55% off MRSP), with 100% of the proceeds supporting high school mountain biking. Quantities are limited.
To find out how to adopt a Spin Camp for your team, contact Coach Scot Wigert ([email protected]) or Spin Camp Instructor Andy Eber ([email protected]).