Level 2 Clinic Information


USA Cycling's Mission is to achieve sustained success in international cycling competition and grow competitive cycling in America. It is with this mission in mind, why we created our Level 2 Clinics. The Level 2 Clinics educate coaches to best prepare athletes towards becoming competitive bike racers.  The agenda for the clinics will provide a foundation in sport physiology and training plan design, as knowledge of sport physiology is the basis for designing workouts within a training plan.

Please note, USA Cycling's coaching structure begins with level 3 and proceeds to level 1; this mirrors our racing license scheme.  So level 3 is the entry level.  Level 2 is the second level.

In order to achieve the Level 2 Coaching license, you must be a certified Level 3 Coach in good standing with USA Cycling,  attend a Level 2 Clinic and pass the Level 2 test. 

Level 2 Coaching Clinic Purpose

The purpose of the Level 2 Clinic is to better educate our coaches in order to better train our athletes.  Coaches who attend the clinics can expect to take home a wealth of knowledge in: achieving a higher level of bike handling skills; a better understanding of the physiological stresses and adaptations the body endures through training; and how to utilize these stresses and adaptations in writing a more succinct training plan for their athletes.  All which can be used to help their athletes achieve a higher level of success on the bike.

2014 Level 2 Clinics

Registration is open and available by logging on your USA Cycling account. Click on "account" and then click on VIEW AVAILABLE CLINICS/WEBINARS.  You must have a current 2014 coaching license to attend this clinic.

February 21-23, Phoenix, AZ
Radisson Hotel Phoenix-Chandler
7475 W. Chandler Blvd; Chandler, AZ 85226
Call (480) 961-4444 for reservations, be sure to mention the USA Cycling group rate.

March 14-16, Tampa, FL
The Tahitian Inn
601 South Dale Mabry; Tampa, Florida 33609
Call (813) 877-6721 for reservations, be sure to mention the USA Cycling group rate ($115 for standard and $135 for an executive suite, per night)

May 9-11, Colorado Springs, CO
The Level 2 Clinic in Colorado Springs, CO will be held at the USA Cycling headquarters.
Recommended Lodging options:
Hyatt House
Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites
Staybridge Suites

August 15-17,  Colorado Springs, CO
The Level 2 Clinic in Colorado Springs, CO will be held at the  USA Cycling headquarters.
Recommended Lodging options:
Hyatt House
Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites
Staybridge Suites

November 7-9, Los Angeles, CA
Location TBD

Level 2 clinic format
The Level 2 Coaching Clinic is comprised of two parts.  Part one is an on-bike skills component. The objective is to improve the ability of coaches to teach skills in a fun and engaging manner to athletes. All coaches will be expected to participate in the on bike skills session to the best of the coach's ability.  If a person is unable to participate, the coach will be expected to observe and assist with instruction when feasible.
Part two will educate coaches to the basics of sport physiology, sport nutrition, overtraining and training plan design through classroom lecture, discussion and written materials.  The classroom sessions offer coaches unbiased sport science knowledge and training plan design and provide an ability to consume information critically.

Coaches will need to have a bike in good working condition and to have either an annual racing license or a one-day license (USA Cycling will provide one-day licenses at the clinic).  USA Cycling cannot provide bikes for the clinic.

The typical format (subject to change) will be:
Day One
8:00-8:30         Introductions and Overview
8:30-12:00       On-bike skills/drills    
12:00-1:00       Group Ride                                       
2:00-4:00         Sports Physiology
4:00-4:15         BREAK
4:15-6:00         Sports Physiology
Day Two
 8:00-12:00      Sports Physiology
1:00-5:00         On-Bike Practical
Day Three
8:00-12:30       Training Plan Design/Discussion

The clinic will generally start at 8am on Friday and end around noon on Sunday (subject to change).  The clinic is scheduled to end at 6pm each day (except Sunday).

What other coaches are saying about the Level 2 Clinics?
"The clinic was great and I am excited to apply the things I learned this weekend with my little 500 team!"
"Thanks for doing a great job presenting, I appreciate all of the great coaching that you bring to the table!"
"I not only learned a lot of fantastic stuff, but I got to do it with a lot of great people! This clinic really lit a fire in me!"

"I want to compliment the coaches on what a fantastic job they did of "leading by example" and keeping a positive, constructive atmosphere. All the instructors were articulate and did a great job making the presentations accessible and interesting to everyone."
"I thought the clinic was awesome. I learned so much- not just about cycling, but about coaching."
"Good stuff at today's USA Cycling Coaching L2 Clinic in Augusta, GA! @usacycling has it together!"
"Final day of USA Cycling L2 coaching clinic in Augusta,GA. Learned much from many great coaches from across the U.S. Well done @usacycling !"

What are the requirements to attend a level 2 Clinic?
You must be a current Level 3 Coach in good standing with USA Cycling.  If you are not currently a USAC Coach, please see the information on Steps to Becoming a Certified Coach.

Level 2 Coaches may attend the Level 2 Clinic as a refresher course to earn CEUs if space is available;  priority will be given to current Level 3 Coaches seeking to upgrade. 

What is the cost of the clinic and what does it include?
The Level 2 Clinic costs $499 (subject to change without prior notification) and will include on bike skills session, lectures and handouts.  Cost of lodging and meals are not generally not included.  Paying through a method other than via your USA Cycling account, will incur an additional $50 charge. Contact the coaching education for options.

If you need to change clinics after registration, there is a $100 change fee if the change takes place within 30 days of the start of the clinic you originally registered for. Please see the FAQ for information on the cancellation policy.

How do I register for a Level 2 Clinic?
Log on to your USA Cycling account and click on "account." Click on VIEW AVAILABLE CLINICS/WEBINARS.  If you are eligible to attend, the clinic will appear.

Does USA Cycling assist in finding lodging?
Each coach is responsible for his/her own lodging.  USA Cycling may have a host hotel where the clininc is being held and will supply a direct link to the hotel and possible prefered rates.

What is covered at the Level 2 Clinic?
The Level 2 Clinic covers on-bike skills instruction, exercise physiology (bioenergetics, muscle structure, adaptations and function, cardiorespiratory physiology and adaptations, etc.),  and training plan design and periodization.   In addition, some additional presentations will be available for self-study in electronic format.  More information will be provided after registration.

Who teaches the clinic?
Click here to learn more about the Level 2 faculty.

Do I take the Level 2 exam at the clinic?
No.  The Level 2 exam is a self-paced test that the participant completes at home and returns to the Coaching Education Manager.  Also, there is no deadline on turning in the Level 2 answer sheet.

What is the general schedule for the Level 2 Clinic?
In general, the clinic runs from 8:00am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday and 8:00am to 1:30pm on Sunday.  In some cases start or finish times may need to be adjusted depending on presenters' schedules or facility requirements/limitations. Complete itineraries will be provided to attendees prior to the start of each clinic.

There is not a Level 2 Clinic near me or at a time I can attend.  May I just pay the fee and take the exam?
No.  The clinic offers a lot of education which is not addressed in the test including excellent discussion from the coaches in the audience who offer insights or other views on the topics covered.

Do I need a bike for the Level 2 Clinic?
Yes, a bike in good working condition will be required for the on bike skills session. USA Cycling does NOT provide bikes, coaches attending will be responsible or providing there own bike.  If a coach is not physically able to participate due to an acute injury or more chronic disability, the coach will be expected to observe and assist the instructor(s) when feasible. Riders will be required to wear a helmet during all on bike sessions.

How will I be kept up to date on the clinic I sign up for?
Once you have registered and paid, the Coaching Education Director will put you on an email list for the clinic and send periodic updates as to location, exact start times etc. 

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