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As Echelon Riders Club Ride Director, uber experienced riding and racing coach and one of the nicest and most helpful guys you could meet on a ride, Skot will be adding information here with helpful advice, even links of interest, all to help to you, the rider.  We hope you find it useful! Skot wants you all to ride safe.  Stay alert.  Ride in a straight line and keep your pace steady!  Any questions?  Email Skot (below) or talk to him on any ride.


One thing I want to emphasize to our riders is a strategy to maintain current fitness levels going into the winter and review the importance of high intensity intervals as part of the shorter rides most of us will have time for in the coming months.  I think it makes sense to have a demo of what that looks like, and I know most people won't be interested in putting in that kind of effort.  I think it's a disservice not to bring it up though.  Most people lose more than 50W of sustainable power over the winter, needlessly.  I also found an interesting article on cadence, there's a bunch of people who come out that should read this:


Hi everybody.  Well 2013 was a spectacular year for cycling.  The memory of Lance Armstrong's all conquering Tours de France is beginning to fade as new heros emerge.  What we have to thank Lance for is a heightened awareness of cycling in car obessed America and more and more peole are buying and riding road, hybrid and mountain bikes every day.  History has taught us the best way to learn how to ride safely is to join a club.  Hence Echelon Riders Club which has grown to be one of the biggest clubs in the Bay Area.  Show your pride and pick up a club jersey soon and make time in your busy schedules to get out and ride with us when the weather allows and encourages it and check out my articles below.  Finally if you enjoyed the 4 clinics we put on last March try out one or more of the Fall Clinics running the first Sunday of each month until the end of the year.  I hope you find them useful along with the articles and information in this web site.

Rubber side down....  Skot.

 Try This: Be a Good Lookout

 It's an unwritten rule that the lead rider in a paceline or pack should warn others of dangers in the road. For those who are drafting, potholes and debris are hard to see. Riders shouldn't need to worry about being led into danger.

But some people overdo the warning. They yell "Pothole!" "Rock!" or "Dead skunk!" at full volume. Others point at the object with such an animated gesture that they swerve dangerously. And still others call out nearly everything they see, completely overdoing it.

Here's a better way to be the eyes of a paceline:

Alertly scan the road. You can't point out danger that you daydream out of existence. And if through inattention you spot something too late, your after-the-fact warning may do more harm than good. Riders could veer in a panic, touch wheels and crash. So pay attention and look far enough ahead to smoothly lead the line past each hazard.

Point, don't shout.  There's usually no need to call out the name of the obstacle. Your yell may not be understood by riders toward the back, anyway. Simply remove one hand from the bar and extend that arm down toward the side where the danger will be when you pass it. Do this about 10 seconds in advance, then move over smoothly. Some riders like to snap the fingers of their extended hand to wake up those immediately behind.

Tip!  One time a yell is helpful is when nasty stuff like glass, gravel, sand or ice covers the lane, like in a corner, and there is no way around it. As soon as you realize the predicament, shout the name of the hazard so riders behind can fend for themselves (and repeat the warning as it makes its way down the line). Same goes when you see a loose dog up the road or you spot a danger (like a pothole in a patch of shade) too late.


Here is a link to a great Article that Skot recommends to you about CADENCE, RPM or as some know it more simply as the speed you pedal at.  Enjoy.

NB:  You can buy all sorts of Cadence meters but the ones we like are Garmin (bundle) with Cadence and Heart Rate Monitor.  Mikes Bikes have them in stock and our riders get 15% discount, so take advantage! 

Here is an interesting article on riding in a group from a well known author who himself is an experienced racer.  While we take a more cautious approach and line up the front wheel with the rear wheel ahead of you and keep one to two wheel lengths distance apart due to the varying skills set and experience of our riders, the points in the article are well thought out and Skot commends the article to you for your reading!

Ever heard the saying: "Two cyclists met on a road and a race broke out?"  For a lot of people that's how every group ride feels.  At some point it feels like a hammerfest and there you are wondering what's "social" about this social ride? 

Wayne McIntosh and I first started talking about the Echelon Riders Club rides, what they were for, how they should be run and the various aims each ride could have, years ago, when we were on ZTeaM Cycling.  ZTeaM was a force to be reckoned with for nearly 7 years until 2010 with over 200 members, and the core of those guys are still racing in amateur events.  But as every cycling coach will tell you, you must not hammer 2 days in a row, and there are some great standing Saturday rides in Marin that go as fast as you could ever want, on a Saturday.  Sunday is a recovery day and our Sunday rides are geared at that recovery pace.  Why do you care about that?  What if you didn't go hammer on Saturday?  What if you don't ever want to hammer?  This ride is still for you as we are not a racing club.  We make it a point to make sure that even slower riders don't get left behind, to work with people who aren't comfortable in a group ride, to help them get comfortable, so that we all get home without sacrificing skin, or carbon fiber, to the pavement god.  We also make it a point to have several ride leaders on each ride so if there is clearly a fast group and a not so fast group, everyone can get what they came for.  I figure if I hear a lot of chatter on the ride, then I'm doing my job.

Rest assured, however.  There are seasonal goals for this ride.  During Winter, we'll be going slow, and relatively short, working on group riding skills which is the perfect time for beginners and the not so fit to join our group rides and we will gradually increase the intensity as the weather warms through Spring and early Summer.  We will be building fitness throughout the year, which means the rides will get longer, as the days do.  We will also prepare you for several major rides you can elect to do throughout the year, like the Echelon Gran Fondos, the Marin Century, several Napa and Sonoma rides like the Wine Country Century and even Levi's GranFondo.  (See the Calendar and Major Rides tabs for more details.)

I'm not planing to regurgitate Chris Carmichael (Lance Armstrong's coach) on this page, though we will talk about bike handling and power output among other topics.  I will post links to current training philosophies and try and make some intelligent commentary about why stuff like that matters to a weekend warrior who may never enter a sanctioned race.

Rubber side down.  

Skot McDaniel
Ride Director &
Designated Ride Leader - Marin
Echelon Riders Club
Skot McDaniel


Ride Director &Designated Ride Leader - MarinEchelon Riders Club


Ride Director &Designated Ride Leader - MarinEchelon Riders Club


Ride Director &Designated Ride Leader - MarinEchelon Riders Club


Ride Director &Designated Ride Leader - MarinEchelon Riders Club

Ride Director &Designated Ride Leader - MarinEchelon Riders Club























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