High Performance Cycling kicks off the 2011 season

Team HPC riding near Mount Rainier

On Saturday, Feb. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m., Cycle U will host a Team High Performance Open House its West Seattle store, located at 4550 Fauntleroy Way SW. The party is for team members, their friends, and anybody else who would like to learn more about Cascade’s High Performance Cycling program. Light refreshments will be served.

Besides socializing, topics to be discussed include:

  • What Team HPC is all about
  • Team benefits from our relationship with Cascade and Cycle U
  • 2011 Team goals and initiatives
  • Cycle U coaching clinics. Potential clinic topics include pace lines, climbing, group ride safety, cornering and descending, etc.
  • The team discount program including discounts on Felt bikes and Specialized bikes and products
  • Fitness performance testing program for members
  • 2011 ride schedule
HPC team

High Performance Cycling team members at the finish of the 2010 High Pass Challenge.

Cycle U will conduct fitness testing for HPC team members on Saturday, Feb. 26. The testing cost is included with membership, and new members who join before Feb. 26 will be eligible. On Saturday, March 5, Kristi Berg and Tom Meloy from Cycle U will conduct a "How to build your own training plan" clinic for people who did the fitness test.

Four years ago we announced the formation of a new program within the Cascade Bicycle Club. Cascade’s High Performance Cycling (HPC) was developed to match the interests and needs of cyclists who like to ride fast, hard, far, and climb hills, but without a racing focus.  The HPC program is committed to helping strong cyclists challenge themselves to improve their skills and fitness.

HPC riders should:

  • Be committed to improving their fitness and cycling skills
  • Be able to, or desire to ride at the CBC strenuous effort level.
  • Possess the endurance to ride over 50 miles.
  • Be comfortable with, or desire to master pace line riding techniques.

Cascade and Cycle U offer an HPC team program with a focus on High Performance Cycling, not racing.

Cycle University is a bicycle school that focuses on teaching riders of all levels how to improve rapidly.  It is run by former pro Craig Undem and a staff of professional coaches.  Cycle U offers everything from Private Lessons to InCycle Spin Classes.

For more information or to sign up and join the team, see the High Performance Cycling page, or the team page. You can also sign up at the party. The cost is $100 per year. Cascade membership is required.

Our primary goal for 2011 is to continue developing “HPC Powered by Cycle U” as an entity that offers a fun way to not only improve your cycling, but to do it in the company of professional coaches, and other riders with similar interests.

We hope to see you on Feb. 5. Look for HPC team members in their team jerseys, and feel free to ask them more about the program.