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A Celebration of Theme Rides: ICA Contest Winners!

Theme rides are all the rage these days. They are fun, they keep riders engaged, and they will inspire instructors to expand their song repertoire. Some riders will even ask for them. So we had a contest and have been posting them through the past 4 months. Here are the links and the winners!

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Profile: The Language of Flowers

Christine does it again with another creative theme ride! This profile is perfect as we transition from April showers to May flowers, although you can present this ride any time of the year.

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Quick Profile: A Tribute to Mom

This fun yet powerful theme ride is a special profile that honors all the mothers and mother figures in our lives. The objective of building muscular endurance and strength will be achieved by scaling two challenging mountains that are straddled by fast flats.

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Quick Profile: Derby Days

Put on your fancy hats, grab your mint juleps (well, not really!), and ride to this new profile by Suzy Stelmaszek.

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Quick Profile: Periodic Intensity

This new Quick Profile by Elan McAfee exercises the body AND the mind! Riders will take a tour of the periodic table and get an opportunity to answer some trivia questions along the way.

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Quick Profile: 3–2–1 Intervals…Intensified!

3–2–1 intervals are a great way to gradually step up intensity in a profile. This latest iteration of the 3–2–1 intervals is a true game-changer. It intensifies the entire profile, juggling the position of the number of minutes you spend at each intensity. Hence the name: 3–2–1 Intervals…Intensified!

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Quick Profile: Escape from Egypt: A Passover-Inspired Journey Ride

This journey ride takes us back to ancient Egypt in biblical times. We’ll escape from Egypt, inspired by the Passover story. It’s based on biblical history but may not be historically accurate. During this ride, we’ll build a pyramid in Egypt; ride away from the havoc, chaos, and disasters caused by the 10 plagues; and then cross the Red Sea as it parts, all while being chased by Egyptians.

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Theme Ride Thursday: Let the Madness Begin!

It’s March, and in the words of the great David Bowie, “Let’s dance!”

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Theme Ride Thursday: April Showers Playlist and Profile

April is known for wet weather, coast to coast. And do you know what’s awesome on rainy days? Good tunes accompanied by a great profile.

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Video Profile: Tour of the Training Zones

The Tour of the Training Zones is one of the most important profiles in the ICA library. It’s a very educational profile that requires more talking than most profiles. For that reason, to help you teach it to your own classes, I’ve filmed myself teaching this ride so you can hear my cueing and how I deal with the intensity myself. I also have a summary of the profile cues that you can download and modify.

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