Q: What does Rouleur mean?
A: A Rouleur is a type of cyclist considered a good all-rounder.
Q: What group do I fit in?
A: Depending on the riding ability of each athlete, this will dictate the level they will benefit from most…. A rider who is new to the sport would benefit from our "devo" program. A rider who has ridden for a few years, and had some race experience either locally or with the NICA program, could certainly be a good fit for our "race" team. Riders with many years riding experience, years of race experience, and a desire to travel to events outside our region could be chosen to be on our "Elite" team.
Q: Where will the training rides be held?
A: The majority of our training rides will be held in Salt Lake County in the South Valley area. Typically we will meet in the Corner Canyon area, with additional rides at locations TBD as the season takes shape.
Q:How often will training rides be held?
A: We will be holding training and skills rides on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for the race and Elite programs. The DEVO Program will be on Thursdays. During the summer we will likely be holding at least one of these rides in the morning before it gets hot. These rides will be led by experienced and trained coaches as well as volunteers to make sure everyone has a safe ride while improving their fitness and skill.
Q: What do I need in terms of equipment?
A: Every team member will be expected to show up for training rides with a fully functional, well maintained bike, helmet, hydration and the necessary tools and supplies in case of a flat. It is also important that team members do not show up to a ride on an empty stomach.
Q: Why would this team benefit me?
A: Athletes who participate with the Rouleur program will gain valuable skills through training sessions with the "Gear Rush Skills" team. Professional cyclists such as Bart Gillespie, Alex Grant, Sarah Kaufmann, Jenn Hanks and more will be working with the team members. These technical skills not only provide a safe riding experience, but increase bike handling skills allowing each athlete to reach his or her potential. Seasoned cyclists continue to improve skills regardless of their level! In addition, we hope to expand the friendships of athletes who share the same passion of cycling.
Q: Am I required to race?
A: Racing is encouraged for the Race and Elite teams. It certainly is not mandatory for the Devo program. We hope to teach you the skills to race safely if your wish is to race at a later time. We will be providing support at many of the local races and some of the regional races.
Q: Why does the team train from April to July?
A: Many of our cyclists have obligations through the NICA program. We have tailored our program to allow kids to participate in both programs with minimal overlap. Our schedule allows the two programs to co-exist. We will offer a cyclocross component for those interested in taking their season all the way into December.
Q: Will there be a training program?
A: We are working with Plan 7 Endurance Coach Sarah Kaufmann to provide a general training program on 2 levels for those interested. We encourage those that are serious to contact her individually to help set up a custom, personal program but the programs provided will be a good starting point for those that have never done anything but go and ride when they feel like it.