A few weeks back, I attended the first Track Cycling Specific Proficiency Clinic held at the Hector Norris Park in Wemmerpan. The clinic was hosted by Tim Kock, a pro track cyclist and founder of TC Training systems.
The aim of these clinics is to provide a stable skills base for anyone wanting to get into track cycling safely, as well as benefit from having the ability to ride their bike with confidence. It will also provide track officials with a gauge of the skill level in order to rank “newbie” track riders for league racing with the overall outcome of the creation of a base level skills test that has to be passed before being able to race in certain levels of competition.
What the Clinic covered in Theory + Practical:
- Basic track etiquette
- Lines on the track and what they mean (which I had no idea about)
- Frequently asked questions (by all that wish to start track cycling, and those that have just started track cycling)
- Track safety briefing
- Track bike setup
- Basic balance (getting onto the bike)
- Pedaling awareness (#1 rule: DO NOT stop pedaling!!)
- Obstacle awareness
- Safety when passing
- Center of gravity guidelines
- Body positioning
- Confidence boosting drills
- Development of speed
To back track, I connected with Tim Kock over LinkedIn a few months ago, only to discover after our first conversation that our paths had crossed previously while we were both involved with, the then Team MTN Qhubeka (now Team Dimension Data/Deloitte), within our respective fields. Tim’s passion for cycling and his vision on how he would like cycling to develop in SA is what started the relationship between TC Training Systems + SARTORI.
Since this first clinic, Tim has received phone calls requesting private coaching for Track cycling as well as the possibilities of providing these clinics on a national basis. It has been a privilege to watch the development of Tim’s dream, and for SARTORI to be involved (albeit a small part). Tim – you never know; the next athlete you coach could represent SA in the Olympics!
The next Track Cycling Specific Proficiency Clinic JHB will be held in August, for further information, you can contact Tim Kock directly at firstname.lastname@example.org