The San Antonio Wheelmen Rider Education Series (RES) program started in 2006. The adult introduction course, which was originally called the Beginning Rider course, was changed to the Introduction to Road Riding courses in late 2009.
The Introduction to Road Riding Class (Road Riding 101) prepares students to do the shorter routes (up to 35 miles) at the weekly Wheelmen rides and provides instruction on basic riding skills plus riding safely on public roads. Starting in 2015, the instruction formerly provided in the Road Riding 201 class will be provided through the stay-together rides held several times a month at regularly scheduled Wheelmen rides. These rides will prepare riders for the longer routes at Wheelmen rides (over 35 miles), help riders improve basic riding skills, and help riders prepare for events such as the Tour de Cure and the Bike MS: Valero Ride to the River.
Road Riding 101
This course will help new or returning adult riders learn to ride safely on public roads while having fun. The class teaches basic riding skills, bike maintenance skills, and helps students become comfortable riding in a group on public roads. The class also introduces students to some very enjoyable Wheelmen routes.
Prerequisites: None, new or returning adult rider.
During this 5-week course, you will:
- Receive instruction on safety and communications, the rules of the road, how to ride legally, bicycle clothing, the 5-minute bicycle check, and tire inflation
- Understand bicycle inspection, bike fit, and helmet fit
- Learn how to shift and use the brakes and how to fix a flat.
- Review nutrition and hydration.
- Ride 15 flat miles at a moderate pace for your first ride.
- Practice map reading, riding hills, and shifting
- Ride 24 miles, mostly flat with a few hills, for your second ride.
- Review shifting and riding hills. Review map reading
- Ride 30 miles, mostly flat with some hills, for your third ride.
- Ride 33 miles, mostly flat with some hills, for your fourth ride.