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My Cycling Class Today: Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Blind…or Both.

ICA’s editor, Shari Miranda, was approached about teaching a class with a rider who was both deaf and blind. Shari spent a few weeks preparing for this class, including emailing with the rider and his interpreter about the best ways to communicate the profile. She shares what she did and how it went.

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Friday Favorites: A Snappy Climb

I love a track that challenges me to ride stronger and more intensely. It begs for your attention and doesn’t give in—and it’s a pop song?! Regardless, this is a great song to push your riders, and is truly one of my favorites.

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Theme Ride Thursday: Black Friday Playlist

The day after Thanksgiving is not for the weak or the weary. You and your riders will stay energized not just on Black Friday but through the whole holiday season with songs from our Black Friday playlist.

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Wednesday Timeless Classics: The Three BEST Songs in the World for Rolling Hills!

I honestly believe these three songs are the best for rolling hills that I’ve ever heard! I’ve been using them for two decades and I can’t help but use them for this drill. Two are progressive trance tracks with emotional builds, crescendos, and releases that help draw out your best effort on the uphill attacks. The other is a classic rock song that will have everyone singing along…that is, if they have any breath left!

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Thanksgiving Quick Profile: Gobble ’Til You Wobble

Whether your Thanksgiving Day includes the rigors of traveling to make it home for the holiday or participating in local Turkey Trot fun races, there’s one thing we all have in common on Thanksgiving…we eat—a LOT! This profile follows a rider through all of these activities, including a dinner with all the works.

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Mainstream Music Mondays: Keep the Rhythm on This Moderate Hill

Here’s a “go-to” song with a great tempo that you’ll be happy to use over and over again. Why? Because your riders will ask you for it!

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Obsessed With Cycling Drills: Teaching Rolling Hills in Your Cycling Classes

Riding rolling hills on a bicycle can be a thrill, especially when they are short and continuous. Because of this, they translate beautifully into indoor cycling classes. But teaching rolling hills is more than just alternating a climb with a “downhill.” To coach them in an authentic way, it’s important to understand how a cyclist would approach them, how gravity will affect your speed of ascent, and how cyclists take the descent. Then you need to know how to use the energy of the music to define your ups and downs. They are so much fun that your riders will be asking for them by name!

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Two Thanksgiving Profiles From Our Archives

Here are two Thanksgiving profiles. The first is one of my favorites, The Gratitude Ride, and the second is a rolling hills profile called Over the River and Through the Woods to Grandmother’s House. If you are not in the US and don’t celebrate this holiday, the Gratitude Ride has no borders! Also, you may have some fun with a Thanksgiving theme ride…here in the US we love to do Cinco de Mayo, Bastille Day, and other international themes.

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Friday Favorites: Still Gives Me Chills 13 Years Later

With a legendary intro and multiple harmony changes, you’ll find this instrumental song extremely versatile.

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Theme Ride Thursday: Thanksgiving Day Playlist

Help your riders out of their tryptophan-induced food coma this Thanksgiving.

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