The life of a race mechanic is pretty exotic, that’s for sure. The accomodations, the locations, the events, the camaraderie; only working in a major movie production can compare. Want a closer glimpse?
One of the most rewarding opportunities for aspiring race mechanics is the Bill Woodul Clinic, held for the past 16 or so years at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Nothing compares to the energy of those 4 days, when 30 attendees receive dozens of classes from renowned veterans of the pro cycling support and manufacturers world.
You don’t have to go far to hear an enthusiastic testimonial. It’s changed the careers and lives of many mechanics and, for a surprising number, after a decade in the field they come back to teach where it all first started for them.
Now is the time to register for the 2008 session: January 10-13. Space is limited, so make your plans soon. The details are at USA Cycling.
Calvin Jones (along with me, one of the Clinic’s founders) told about the 2006 edition in “Calvin’s Corner” on the Park Tool Web site.
You can also read Chris Clinton’s description at ProMechanics.com, a gathering place for bicycle mechanics.
Feel free to direct any questions to these guys or to me.