This clinic will help participants gain confidence, take command of their descending and learn to love it! Bike handling and descending are underestimated and valuable tools, especially for those riding ultra distance single and multi-day events - for time efficiency, relaxation and recovery. As cyclists we earn our turns - might as well embrace the speed and enjoy the ride.
When: Saturday, April 20
Meet: Railhead Park
What: Clinic on bike handling, cornering and descending
Who: Sierra Foothill Cycling Club members
Led by Julie Young**
- Off-Bike Chalk Talk
- Importance of bike, fit position and posture as foundation for handling and descending
- General overview of techniques and strategies for safe, effective, fast descending
- Concepts of descending
- Progression from basic skills to more advanced
- On-Bike Skill Development
- Master gradual one corner descent and progress to linking a descending series of turns
- Basic to advance handling skills and cornering concepts/strategies to improve descending confidence, performance and efficiency
“In racing, bike handling skills and descending are tactical tools. As an example, I won one of my major European stage race overall victories - escaping on the descent and then holding on to my overall lead over the remaining stages,” says Julie Young.
Julie’s resume includes a 12-year National A team career - training under the sports prominent coaches, trainers, physiologists, to help her achieve a dominant career in European stage races, as well as single day classics. These experiences molded her current coaching philosophy and practice.
She has since coupled this practical experience and elite international achievement with science, joining Silver Sage Sports Performance Center as the Director, and significant investment in continuing education.
Her elite international achievements have afforded entrance in to an exclusive club. The relationships she developed over her 12 year career continue to allow inside access to cutting edge training techniques.
O2fitness –Optimum Outdoor Fitness
Owner, Head Coach and Performance Trainer
02fitness is distinguished by providing science-based, systematic, individualized training programs that support those seeking general fitness to performance. Programs range from sport-specific strength conditioning to endurance training. Develop and lead physical training and fitness curricula for individual clients ranging from recreational-minded to elite athletes, as well as corporate wellness programs
Silver Sage Sports Performance Center
Director of Silver Sage Sports Performance Center
Develop performance training, endurance coaching, general fitness and wellness plans; perform bike fitting and gait analysis via Dartfish video analysis; conduct lactate threshold and Vo2max physiological testing; develop and implement the business and marketing plan.
Professional Trade and US National A Cycling Teams
Professional/U.S. National A Team Cyclist
A full-time cyclist representing the United States national, as well as professional trade cycling teams. Competed domestically and internationally.
• World Championship Team Member 1991, 1993-1995, 1998-1999.
• Olympic alternate 1992.
• Pan American Games 1994.
• Core States Pro Championships, 2nd, 1st American, 1994
• Winner Downer’s Grove Pro Criterium, 2001
• Overall General Classification winner of the Tour de L’Aude, France – women’s equivalent of Tour de France.
• Overall General Classification winner Tour d’Aquitaine, France
During career, top U.S. General Classification rider in European stage races with consistent top 10 overall finishes.
Stage wins and podium finishes at Tour de L’Aude, Tour d’Aquitaine, Tour of European Economic Communities, Molenheike, Tour d’Epinal and Grand Prix de Quebec.
Pro teams included AutoTrader.com, Timex, Fanini, Saturn and Kahlua, concurrently representing the U.S. National Team. Named Autotrader.com team captain.
University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. Political Science/International Relations
UCLA Golf Team, NCAA Academic All-American
Advanced Functional Biomechanics of the Lower Quarter: Integration of Technology into Practice, six month fellowship, USC Movement Performance Institute, 2012
Body Geometry Professional Bike Fitting certification, Specialized, Morgan Hill, CA, 2011
PSIA Level II certified, cross-country ski instructor, 2010
Elite Performance Training/Conditioning, mentorship, Athletes’ Performance, Arizona, 2010