Advanced Skills Clinic 2016

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This is an eight-week clinic aimed at riders who want to develop the skills needed to ride safely in a group with a high level of skill and fun. The sessions will take place on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8pm Monday, April 25 through mid June.

Sessions: Mondays from April 25th, 6:30pm
Organizer: Bob Hicks, e-mail , 613 862-1024   

Registration & Cost

All participants must register through the club office. There is a cost for the course of $50, which includes a DVD of all course materials and a dinner on the last night.


We will use a classroom for the first session to handle the administration and introductory material. We will have video to show and explain the skills to be covered and the coaches will do a Q&A during and after the video.


After the initial session, we will move to Tunney's Pasture, near Parkdale and the Western Parkway, for four sessions covering mechanical condition of bicycle, bike fit, safety checks, bike handling, sprinting, cornering, and introduction to echelons. After that, we move to the Gatineau Park.

The Coaches

Our coaches are volunteers from the OBC. Most have years of racing experience and experience teaching learn to race clinics.

The Curriculum Details

The curriculum is adapted from the CCA "Learn to Race" manual. Although this is not a "learn to race" course, the skills are the same required to be a competent racing cyclist.


  • Week 1 - Council Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Dr, classroom session

    • Introduction

    • Video

    • Q & A

  • Week 2 - Tunney's Pasture

    • Bicycle Safety Checks

    • Bike fit

    • Agility drills

  • Week 3 - Tunney's Pasture

    • Agility drills

    • Braking

    • Pedalling

    • Side-by-side bumping

    • Wheel touching

    • Cornering

  • Week 4 - Tunney's Pasture

    • Cornering side-by-side

    • Looking behind while keeping a straight line

    • Single-file

    • Single echelon

    • Double echelon

    • Bumping & wheel touching review

    • Agility drills

  • Week 5 - Tunney's Pasture

    • Sprinting

    • Group sprinting and coming off a wheel

    • Single echelon review

    • Double echelon review

    • Cornering review

    • Agility drills

    • Bumping & wheel touching

  • Week 6 - Gatineau Park, P8 (Meach Lake Rd & Parkway)

    • Taking a feed

    • Hill climbing

    • Descending

    • Changing gears

  • Week 7 - Experimental Farm, Cow Lane & Morningside Lane

    • Echelons on rolling terrain

    • Controlling speed

    • Sitting on

  • Week 8 - Gatineau Park, P8

    • Putting it together - a ride in the park

    • Evaluation of the clinic

    • Graduation Dinner


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