Become a qualified USA Cycling race mechanic

Dates announced for 2009 Bill Woodul Mechanic Clinic

USA Cycling is holding its annual Bill Woodul Mechanic Clinic from 12-15 March at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The intensive three-day clinic is not intended as a general skills seminar, but instead provides specific training for those looking to become race mechanics.

The course curriculum includes:

  • Instruction on road, track, mountain bike and cyclo-cross support in a variety of settings.
  • Guidelines on tool, equipment and supply needs.
  • Lessons on race equipment preparation.
  • Bike washing and wheel changing techniques.
  • Wheel building theory.
  • Tubular tyre gluing technique.
  • Guidance on the relationships between the mechanic and other team members, including coaches, soigneurs and athletes.

Past instructors have included team mechanics and prominent industry figures such as Calvin Jones of Park Tool.

Those who complete the course will be eligible to buy a USA Cycling mechanic’s license, which will qualify them for work at the US Olympic Trials, National Championship events and USA Cycling training camps. License holders will also be added to a national database of race mechanics.

Registration costs US$300 (approximately £212), including accommodation at the OTC, all meals and instructional materials. Students must provide their own transport to and from the OTC.

Prospective students should submit a brief CV, contact information and a cheque payable to ‘USA Cycling’ to:

USA Cycling

Attn: Mechanics Clinic

One Olympic Plaza

Colorado Springs, CO 80909

All prospective students must be US citizens with at least two years’ experience as a bicycle mechanic. Applications must be received no later than 13 February 2009.

For additional information, contact USA Cycling operations manager Justin Koch at or +1 719 866 4708, or download the event flyer.

The unique course curriculum is specifically geared for race situations, not general mechanic skills: the unique course curriculum is specifically geared for race situations, not general mechanic skills

The course curriculum is specifically geared for race situations, not general mechanic skills

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA
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