Preparing for Your First Bike Race

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First Bike Race

Working as a program manager at UBS in Chicago, Illinois, Tim Shields handles the management of complex long-term process and technology projects. Apart from his career, Tim Shields is a fitness advocate and participates in several activities to that end, such a biking.

When preparing for one’s first bicycle race, there are some important steps to take to ensure a smooth and safe experience. Here are three of the most important items to check off the list before race day:

Try to get as much experience as possible participating in group rides. This will give you the experience of learning how to comfortably ride within a large group when traveling at high speeds. It also allows for the development of key bike racing concepts, such as drafting and pack positioning.

Becoming familiar with the course is also a key component. It’s helpful to get a map of the course and study it in an effort to determine the particular skills necessary to complete the race. For instance, it is beneficial determine what percentage of the course is comprised of uphill terrain, downhill terrain, and how steep those grades are.

While studying a map of the course is important, it’s not a replacement for actually riding the course. A test-run of the race is extremely beneficial for the first-timer. Even a leisurely ride of the course, slower than the pace of the race, will help the beginner with key elements, such as which gears to use on which parts of the course.


Regis High School Makes an Impact

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Regis High School

As a director at USB Investment Bank, a global financial firm, Tim Shields leads program and program portfolio management. Prior to his employment at USB and his entry into the financial world, Tim Shields attended Regis High School in New York City.

Regis High School is a tuition-free, scholarship-based, Jesuit school in New York. Roman Catholic boys who show superior academic and leadership potential are selected for admission after a competitive application and testing process. The school is committed to academic excellence and provides a rigorous curriculum that prepares its graduates for college and beyond.

As the only tuition-free private school in the United States, Regis High School’s multi-faceted focus on academic, spiritual, and leadership growth is unique. Regis prioritizes the development of a student’s spiritual beliefs. In addition to nourishing this facet of growth, the school encourages community service and involvement in order to give students an opportunity to put the principles of their faith into action. By using their abilities to benefit the community, it is hoped that graduates will continue to make a positive impact after graduation.

Regis High School was founded in 1914 by an anonymous benefactor. For several decades, the benefactor’s family members were the school’s sole supporters. Currently, alumni also contribute to the scholarship program, allowing Regis’ legacy to continue.