Bike Skills

Basic Group Riding Skills Class

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This Group Riding Skills Class is developed for new riders or riders planning to ride one of the Texas MS 150 rides.  The Basic Class is designed for first time MS 150 riders or riders with 1-2 years of experience.  The class is based on content from the League of American Bicyclists. 

The Basic Class is 1 hour of Classroom instruction (conducted at the training site), and 2 hours of "On the Bike Skills." 

Participants will learn:

  • Primary Bike Safety 
  • Bicycle Safety Equipment (Helmet)
  • Defensive Riding with vehicle traffic and other cyclists
  • Vehicle rules and traffic laws for cyclists
  • Proper signaling and communications
  • Special Safety considerations when riding in a paceline
  • ABC Quick Check for Bicycle Maintenance
  • Hydration and Nutrition for a long distance bike event
  • MS 150 Specific Safety Information (rest stops, SAGS, start)


On the Bike Skill Instruction and Practice

  • Obstacle Avoidance
  • Emergency Braking
  • Cornering
  • Pace Line and proximity riding (riding close to other riders)

Austin Texas Area Classes

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Classes will be held at Anderson High School Parking Lot (corner of Anderson Rd and Streck Rd).  The Classroom portion of the class will be held at Nelo's Bicycles across from Anderson High School.  

All Class Start times are 2:00 pm and will complete by 5:00 pm.


Cost:  $25.00 per person  (contact Alan for team discounts)


Sign up for the Class through Eventbrite.

Classes may be canceled due to bad weather. Email notification will be sent by noon to registered participants.


2019 Schedule

Feb 24, 2019 - Basic Class - Register via Eventbrite -  Feb 24

Mar 10, 2019 - Basic Class - Register via Eventbrite - Mar 10

Mar 17, 2019 - Advanced Class - Register via Eventbrite - Mar 17 

  • Prerequisite:  Must have taken Basic Group Riding Skills


Advanced Group Riding Skills

The Advanced Class is designed for experienced riders with 2-3 years of riding experience (and 2-3 previous MS 150 event rides). First time MS 150 riders are not permitted to take this class because it builds on knowledge already provided in the Basic Class. This class is accepted by most teams to meet the Group Riding Skills Class requirement. This Class is based on content developed by the League of American Bicyclists and taught by qualified instructors (League Certified Instructors or USA Cycling Coaches).

The Advanced Class is 1 hour of Classroom Instruction (held at the training site), followed by 2 hours of “On the Bike” Skills. The objective of the class is to reinforce Safety Information and learn increased bike handling skills. 

Participants will learn:

- Primary Bike Safety

- Bicycle Safety Equipment (Helmet)

- Defensive Riding with vehicle traffic and other Cyclists

- Vehicle Rules and traffic laws for Cyclists

- Proper signaling and communications

- Special Safety Considerations when riding in a Paceline (and paceline etiquette)

- ABC Quick Check for Bicycle Maintenance

- Importance and Proper Hydration and Nutrition for a long distance bike event

- BP MS 150 Specific Safety Information (rest stops, SAGs, Ride Marshalls, etc)

On the Bike Skill Instruction and Practice:

- Straight Line Riding (looking back, water bottle reach / swap, object pick up,)

- Advanced Cornering

- Tire Sweeping

- Proximity Riding and Merging

- Double Rotating Paceline

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