Find a Club

MCF member clubs welcome new members of all levels. Here are just a few.
Coulee Region Youth Cycling
Contact:  Larry Martin
Website:  www.teamborah.com
 
Behind-Bars/LGR
Contact:  Ryan Marsel
Website:  Little Guy Racing
 
Twin Cities Spoke of the IC3
Contact:  Jeannie Scholz
Website:  www.twincitiesspoke.com
 

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The language of cycling

Talking Track RacingCycling has a language all its own.  Racers rock their favorite gruppo and slay their favorite race course or training route.  Race bikes have hoods, lugs and sometimes granny gears.  Races can feature blocking, hooking and towing.  And if racers don't do their intervals properly, they can go into oxygen debt.  We've broken out the decoder ring to provide this helpful cycling dictionary.  Enjoy!

Cycling has a language all its own.  Racers rock their favorite gruppo and slay their favorite race course or training route.  Race bikes have hoods, lugs and sometimes granny gears.  Races can feature blocking, hooking and towing.  And if racers don't do their intervals properly, they can go into oxygen debt.  We've broken out the decoder ring to provide this helpful cycling dictionary.  Enjoy!
 
Tech Terms

Everything you need to sound smart in your local bike shop!

AERO BARS: Extensions that stick out in front of the handlebars to allow the rider to get into an aerodynamically low position.

AERO WHEEL: A wheel designed to reduce wind resistance.

BAILOUT GEAR, GRANNY GEAR: The lowest available gear ratio. Implies a very low gear, often with a triple crank.

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Race Lingo

Overheard in the Peloton:

ATTACK: An aggressive, high speed acceleration away from other riders.

BLOCKING: Legally impeding the progress of riders in the pack to allow teammates in the break a better chance of success.

BRIDGE: To catch a rider or group which has opened a lead.

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Fitness Jargon

Drop some knowledge in your next training ride

ANAEROBIC THRESHOLD: The exercise level where the body begins to switch from aerobic (oxygen-using) to less-efficient anaerobic processes to produce energy.

BLOW UP: see bonk.

BONK: To exercise to the point of depletion of the body's energy stores, leaving one extremely weak and giddy.

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