Free clinic to address bicycling, coaching

A car is useless without keys, gas or a driver who can operate it.

In a similar way, the enjoyment a cyclist finds on mountain trails or paved roads is taken away if he or she is in pain or doesn't have the ability to ride.

Stuart Wilson, a physical therapist with Kinetic Energy PT Clinic, and professional cycling coach Katie Lindquist are holding a joint clinic to educate bikers of all ages and ability levels on the value of biomechanical cycle analysis and the coaching available in Routt County.

The clinic begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Kinetic Energy in Steamboat Crossings next to Soda Creek Pizza. It is free and open to mountain bikers and road cyclists.

"We wanted to be able to educate bikers of all ranges, ages and levels on bike issues," Wilson said. "And we also wanted to introduce our services."

A Biomechanical Cycle Analysis, a service provided very few places in Colorado, consists of an evaluation of the rider's body and a biomechanical fit of the rider to the bicycle to ensure optimum comfort and riding efficiency.

Thursday's clinic will be an introduction of the service, and anyone interested in signing up for an evaluation may do so at the clinic. Lindquist also will be present Thursday to deliver a cycling coaching presentation, as she seeks to continue a rider's progression once he or she is properly fit to a bike.

This summer, a large number of clubs or services are becoming available to cyclists for the first time in Steamboat Springs. The Town Challenge Series, The Rio 24 Hours of Steamboat and several large-scale bike tours are the highlights of the summer biking schedule in the area.

Thursday's clinic will give riders an introduction to area services available to become a better competitive racer or even a better biker, as terrain continues to dry and turn green.

"There's a resurgence," Lindquist said of the biking community. "There's a new energy in this town."

And they key to the perfect ride is being comfortable and confident on a bike. Anything from neck pain to ankle pain can be linked to improper bike fit. While a bike shop is attuned to a bike, the shop's employees aren't necessarily attuned to the human body like a physical therapist, and Wilson couldn't be more excited about providing his service.

"I wanted to go into athlete performance enhancement," Wilson said. "I have a passion for the human body and riding a bike."

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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