Asheville Ski Club

COME JOIN THE FUN !

(Second Thursday of the month)
At the Country Club of Asheville

The Race Team closes the season in 1st Place

Monthly Meeting

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Let's Start the Season
6:30 PM

General Meeting

Country Club of Asheville
170 Windsor Road Map

No Denim to be worn in country club

 

Up Coming
Activities


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We have some FANTASTIC trips for the 2013 - 2014 Season!

Our Ski Club's trip is

Jackson Hole
#1 Resort in North America - Ski Magazine
Feb 22 - Mar 1, 2014

Three Crescent Ski Council Trips

Steamboat Race Camp Dec. 7 - 14, 2013
Lake Tahoe, CA/NV January 11 - 18, 2014
Banff, Canada March 15 - 22, 2014

Biking the Creaper





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Let's Summer!!!


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WEEKLY MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDES: We ride on Wednesday evenings at 5:00 in Bent Creek, Ledford Parking Lot. All are encouraged to join in. We tailor the rides to fit the group that is present that day. I will send out an email on Sunday or Monday with the weekly information so if you want to ride, send me an email and I'll add you to the list... Gary Swinea.

MONTHLY HIKE: Patti Haberstock will be hosting local hikes. See the calender for time and place. Wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes and bring water and a snack/picnic lunch.

MOUNTAIN BIKING TIP: Poor Body Position
Always while riding adjust your gearing to the speed you are going!

When going from a downhill to uphill do not shift into an easier gear before necessary as you will lose precious momentum while coasting (unable to pedal) uphill and often lose your balance (by pedaling with no resistance throwing your weight forward). This means if you are in your hardest gear at the bottom of a hill stay in that gear as you start climbing to keep your momentum up! Then, shift as needed (do not shift under power, do a "soft pedal" (a full revolution with no power to the rear wheel) when shifting on a climb) maintaining your momentum! By only shifting when needed you can often maintain a much higher pace while using less energy on a climb (see previous article on going faster with less energy).

To accelerate a bike we need to be an an easy gear, not a gear we are straining to push. As you are slowing to enter a corner (where you will be coasting through) shift into a gear to match your speed on the exit of the corner (this takes some practice to learn what gear feels good at what speed).

Power modulation is also important! Sudden surges in power can cause wheel spin (wasting energy and possibly loosing balance/control) while climbing as can just plain applying too much power for the conditions. I often see super powerful riders crank uphills at speeds I am envious of but I can hear their rear slipping, if they backed off on power just a little bit they would climb just as fast or faster using less energy! Have you ever spun out on slippery root while climbing? Next time trying slowly increasing your power for a pedal stroke or three before the root then doing a "soft pedal" over the root and getting back on the power once passed the root. In short, producing a lot of power is great but relying on power instead of finesse wastes energy and often causes you to stall or crash.

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