Teen and youth can join off-road cycling club

Old Greenwich Riverside Community Cycling (OGRCC) with assistance from CT Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP) is underway with a new teen and youth off-road cycling club in Greenwich as part of their summer time programs. The program is being taught by Clare Zecher, a certified USAC (USA Cycling) coach and trainer. Zecher is a road, mountain bike and cyclocross racer who is also one of the most active coaches in Connecticut. She now resides in Greenwich and the new OGRCC program is focusing primarily on off-road cycling skills.

“Cycling has had such an positive impact on my life,” explained coach Zecher, “It has been my gateway to the world. I am so excited to be coaching this youth team because this will stay with them the rest of their lives. These youth will be more confident, more open to new things, and of course, have a lifelong outlet for fun and all of this will be because of a bike, and a coach who cares.”

The program began on April 21, but will continue until July 16. Interested youth riders should still come to the Eastern Civic Center at 90 Harding Road and look for the group in the fields. If intrested the program will run again in the fall. Coach Zecher primarily has the youths working on basic bike handling skills in two different age groups: 10- to 13-years-old and 14-18.

The practices are on the fields of the OGRCC Tuesday and Thursday starting at 3:30 p.m. for the younger group and at 4:30 p.m. for the older group to develop riding skills and build fitness. After the group works on basic handling skills, Zecher is providing preparatory skills for the rest of the spring and summer followed by ‘ready to race’ skills in the fall. The cost for the three month program is $285. Link to register here at OGRCC.

The practices are also supported by John Phillipson, a bicycle mechanic from Greenwich Bicycles. Phillipson provided safety checks on the rider’s bikes at the start of the sessions, but encourages any new comers to visit him at the shop, 35 Amogerone Crossway.

Anyone interested in helping coach and run the Greenwich program, please contact Karen Franzen at [email protected] or 860-790-4974.

The CCAP is a non-profit 501c3 charitable organization with a mission is to better the lives of youth and young adults through the sport of cycling. Its goal is to provide opportunities in cycling both in and out of schools, through high school cycling clubs, parks and recreation programs and youth travel teams. After less than two years of existence, the CCAP has established more than 21 school and recreation programs across the state with more than 400 participants.

Coach Clare Zecher with a group of young cyclists.

Coach Clare Zecher with a group of young cyclists.

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