Beginning Racer Program (BRP)


Beginning Racer Program (BRP)


This is for enrollment in the Beginning Racer Program. The Beginner Racer Program, or “BRP”, is intended for bike riders who may be interested in road racing as well as those interested in performance and group riding.

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2016 Class Dates and Times

Program Dates: 6 weeks in April-May TBA
Time: Each class session lasts approximately 2.5 hours, beginning at 5:45pm (except the last class at the velodrome at 6:30 pm) In case of inclement weather, a makeup class will be scheduled.

Meeting Site

Harriet Island parking lot

What to Bring

  • Road bike with "drop" handlebars – Compulsory
  • ANSI and/or Snell approved biking helmet – Compulsory
  • Medical information and ID
  • Cycling shoes (use running or cross training shoes with the stiffest soles possible if you don't have specific cycling shoes)
  • Appropriate bike clothing
  • Rain jacket
  • Spare tube, tire levers, and frame pump
  • Sunscreen/bug spray
  • Eye protection (sunglasses)

Training Schedule

  • Session 1: Bike handling skills, group riding etiquette, intro to drafting
  • Session 2: More bike handling skills, easy contract drills, pacelines
  • Session 3: Pacelines, cornering, braking, more contact drills
  • Session 4: Pacelines, echelons, climbing and descending
  • Session 5: Pacelines, group sprints, practice racing
  • Session 6: Ride at the velodrome (oval track)


  • You must wear an ANSI or Snell approved helmet whenever you're on your bike (even if it isn't moving).
  • Follow your instructor's directions exactly.
  • Your bicycle must be in good working order. If you have any doubts at all, have a bike shop check it out. 
  • Reckless, careless or dangerous riding is forbidden.
  • The roads you will be riding on are open to traffic, although traffic will usually be pretty light. Don't enter the traffic lane or cross an intersection without looking to make sure that it's safe.
  • Inform your instructor if you stop to rest, leave early, etc. (missing students might have been dropped or had an accident.)
  • No rider will be pressured to do anything they don't want to do.
  • The coaches have the right to exclude any student from any activity if they feel the student can not perform that activity safely. 

Refund Policy

If we cannot match you with a group, you may receive a refund. If your class is cancelled by your instructors more than twice, (for example, due to weather), you may be eligible for a partial refund. That refund would amount to 25% for each class canceled beyond the first two cancellations. No refunds for any other reason. Other options are available.


Cancellations are rare. If and when a cancellation occurs, it will be done on the session
day. Your instructor(s) will contact you via email and/or twitter @spbrcbrp.

Missing Class

Each session builds on and refines skills learned in the previous lesson. Naturally, you’re encouraged to attend all the sessions. Please contact or your assigned lead coach if you are unable to attend a session.

More Information

Still have questions? Do you simply want to talk to a real person before you commit? If so, contact either Bill O'Donnell or Brit Billingsley via email: