USA Cycling Race Mechanic Clinic

2010 USAC calvin Calvin Jones of Park Tool presenting what mechanics love to do... wash and tune

Every year USA Cycling, the National governing body for bike racing in the USA, hosts the Bill Woodul Race Mechanic Clinic. The first clinic, held in 1988, was created by USA Cycling Head Equipment Manager, the late Bill Woodul. The clinic offers a unique venue for the education of the race mechanic found no where else in the world.

The focus during December 1–5, 2010 was on what it takes to provide the service and support required at competitive cycling events. A sampling of topics include:

  • Technical support for competition in all disciplines, as well as Gran Fondo and non-competitive event support
  • Inventory, travel logistics, and packing
  • Tool selection, bike wash, and inspection
  • Tubular tire maintenance and gluing techniques
  • Fundamentals of bicycle design and building materials
  • Design and maintenance fundamentals of wheels and suspension
  • USA Cycling rules and officials’ certification
  • DOT rules and regulations
  • Rider positioning and measurement
  • Developing your own neutral support program
  • Ethics for race mechanics
  • The mechanic’s relationship with coach and soigneur
2010 USACclass

The Class of 2010 at the velodrome in Colorado Springs is now ready to serve

2010 USAC wheelchange

Chris Clinton of Bontrager/Trek preps the mechanics for a run through on quick wheel changes