Well, when last I wrote on this blog, I was letting everyone know about our decision to leave the JCC basement and relocate to not one but TWO locations. That move is now complete, and while there is still a little work to do, we have both studios up and running, with more services, professional staff, and larger capacity so that we can help more people improve their cycling performance. Let's begin with a rundown of locations, then staff, then services, and I'll sprinkle some photos in there as well. The Cycling Center Dallas began in the Fall of 2006, with just 6 CompuTrainers, using the original CompuTrainer MultiRider software. We quickly grew to 8, then 14, and finally 18 stations on two separate machines, and we were responsible for remodeling the basement area of the JCC Dallas, to separate the SPIN studio from the Performance Training studio. I'm eternally grateful for all the help that was given for those expansions. However, running a 'For-Profit' entity inside a non-profit organization, along with struggles about promotion, marketing, advertising, even signage, left us with no choice but to begin considering relocation in August of 2012. In December of 2012, we signed leases at TWO locations, both within 60' linear feet of our absolute favorite bike shops, the Richardson Bike Mart on Coit & Campbell, and the Richardson Bike Mart on S. Garland Rd. The moveout took a day, and moving in took about 10 days, but we were successful, and in early January, we began offering CompuTrainer ErgVideo classes for our new and returning clients. The North facility, at 1373 W. Campbell Rd, opened first. We now have 18 rider stations, our own resistance training area, and will be operating our Wattage-based coaching services for cyclists and triathletes out of this retail space. In mid-February, we opened the second facility, at 9028 S. Garland Rd., and began offering 12-rider programming, TRX and Core Stability training, and perhaps most unique, we were able to acquire the services of Craig Fulk, a Master Retul bike fitter. Craig has been the secret success for my clients and myself for several years now, and to have him in Dallas (his home studio is located in Roanoke, TX) is an incredible honor. Craig was also greatly responsible for painting both facilities, and coming up with awesome ideas for the physical structure, as well as software and scheduling programming. If you have not had a bike fit with Craig, I urge you to make a reservation. I compare it to a day on Savile Row - your bike will fit like an Italian-cloth suit when it's done!! We also need to mention that he is a Certified Cycling Coach. This huge wealth of knowledge gives his fits the absolute edge when it comes to helping a cyclist get the most out of their bike as well as their body, be it bio-mechanically or physiologically. With two locations up and running, a supplemental first rate staff was required to make sure we could juggle the responsibilities of time and understanding of all the vagaries of the software and hardware of our core service - Performance Cycling Training and Instruction. Assistants Dorothy Zarbo and Janna Doss agreed to return and continue helping riders with their setups, at each respective location (Dorothy up north, Janna down south). Both are earning their USA Cycling Coaching Certificates to better serve and communicate with our athletes how training with power can help them improve their Stamina, Speed, and Strength, through the services offered at Cycling Center Dallas. Justine Viera is also working with us full-time. She is a Level 2 USA Cycling Coach, with the wattage certification, and will be taking on clients through our OnlineBikeCoach web services in the very near future. Finally, Tracy Christenson and Chris Gescheidle will be our USA Triathlon coaches. Both are certified through USAC and USAT, and can accept clients for recreational and competitive coaching programs. Our resistance training expert at the Richardson location is Coach Kurt Chacon, who has been named one of the Top 100 Trainers in the USA! His business card literally reads 'Too many qualifications to list!' Other coaches coming on board include: Jennifer Stephens, a USA Cycling, USA Triathlon, and USA Running coach, and David Lopez, recently certified with USA Cycling. Other staff will be coming on board in the future, and we will post them here, as well as on our TWO Facebook pages, as their schedules and certs are completed. To summarize, here is a list of our services, and a list of our Coaches and Staff:
- Wattage-Based Group Training in classes, held mornings and evenings, Monday through Thursday, and on weekends when inclement weather is present.
- Wattage-Based individual coaching and consulting (power meter required and 3-month commitment required) for Cyclists and Triathletes.
- Resistance Training for individuals and small groups, to enhance cycling ability through core strengthening and balance improvements.
- Nutrition Consulting for cycling performance and weight loss
- Retul-based bike fitting (South Location only) - appointments may be made via www.dynamicbikefit.com
- Threshold Testing to establish wattage baselines.
- Group bike handling skills clinics, women's bike handling and group riding clinics, and Cycling Savvy classes, available seasonally.
- Personal Shopping Services and Assistance through Richardson Bike Mart.