Hi everyone! This weekend was a busy one for Forfar with the Angus Cycle Hub Cycling Festival taking place. This included the Forfar Funduro, Scottish Cross Country Mountain Bike Association (SXC) final race of the year and SXC women's coaching event.
The main event of the festival for me was the SXC women's coaching that I was involved with thanks to the Women on 2Wheels project. It was great to build my coaching skills with uber-experienced coach Diane Clayton Chisholm leading the session in the trails above the town of Forfar.
The group consisted of women with varying backgrounds to cycling all keen to develop their skills towards their personal cycling goals and take their first steps into racing mountain bikes. The session consisted of cornering, climbing, descending and race tactics with the coaching being held on the taped out circuit for the SXC race the following day. By coaching in this environment, this provided riders an opportunity to experience the sort of technical trail features they may encounter during a race.
This weekends coaching was part of a 3 part series within the SXC rounds in 2016. The programme was supported by Awards for All, Scottish Cycling and Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland with the aim for main coach Diane to continue the programme in 2017.