COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (BRAIN) — Sixty mechanics graduated from USA Cycling's Bill Woodul Race Mechanics Clinic last weekend and are now eligible for a USAC mechanic's license.
The five-day clinic was the 26th edition and was aimed at mechanics with at least two years of professional experience. It was held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
The course will be good for his career and his shop's business, said one of the participants, Michael Crowell, who works for North of the Border Bicycles in San Diego, California.
“I asked some well-reputable mechanics in my area if they were familiar with the program and if they had their mechanic's license. Most knew of the program but none had attended, so it behooved me to attend and get the license to add value to the shop and my own résumé,” Crowell said.
“I also had a close call with a job at Shimano last year and was told I missed out since I had yet to attend the Woodul Clinic. I've had a desire for some time to work on the road for a pro team and really decided it was time to pursue. This clinic was the only program of such sorts I knew of to help get me there.”
The clinic focuses on helping a mechanic reach the next level of professional expertise by improving their skills both in the classroom and on the bike. Topics that were brand new for 2012 were Para Support Challenges, Gravity Support and Career Development.
“This year’s clinic stood out because the participants really raised the bar,” said James Stanfill, who has organized the clinics since 2009. “The highlights of the clinic for me were the 60 fresh faces who were all excited to get into this side of the sport and make a difference. Seeing my fellow instructors who all graciously volunteer to be part of the program and share their knowledge with others will continue to grow this industry and push the envelope.”