Mountain bike training Fairfield County youth continues

The CT Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP) started off-road Fairfield County regional Mountain Bike (MTB) practices on April 5, held each Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. at various locations detailed below. The group designation is the Old Greenwich Riverside Community Center (OGRCC) team. Because the team has been practicing for two weeks already with this being the start of the third week, the group is only excepting experienced young riders at this time since in the age range 12-18. There are 12 young MTB riders right now coached by Clare Zecher, a USAC/USAT Certified Coach.. The practices will continue weather permitting through June 21.

The sessions this week Tuesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 21 will be at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich, meet in the parking lot. Next week the sessions will alternate between Mianus River Parkand the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center. To locate Mianus, put this address into your GPS for the parking lot where we meet at Mianus River Park: 49 Merriebrook Ln, Stamford, CT 06902. Please park in the upper lot by the barn so that when the youth hop on their bikes they are not warming up near the road where there is some traffic.

For all other sessions, sign up online at and then watch for emails from the coach. Clare Zecher.

OGRCC Team and coach are also offering advanced off-road cycling clinics on Thursday April 21 and Saturday, April 23, from 4 to 5 p.m. Advance registration is not required, but strongly recommended.

The CCAP is a non-profit 501c3 charitable organization with a mission to better the lives of youth and young adults through the sport of cycling. Its goal is to provide opportunities in cycling through middle and high school cycling clubs, parks and recreation programs and youth travel teams. After just over three years of existence, the CCAP has established more than 30 youth recreation programs across the state with over 400 participants. CCAP’s programs provide coached, fun, team-oriented atmospheres for youth to learn and thrive in the sport of cycling.

Coach Clare Zecher with a group of young cyclists.

Coach Clare Zecher with a group of young cyclists.

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