April 24 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Starts Monday, April 24, 6:30pm in the Council Chamber at Ben Franklin Place
Being a better rider does not mean being a faster rider. For those of you who have already taken the group riding clinic and/or have some experience riding in groups, this advanced clinic will help you to improve the skills you already have and to develop additional skills and confidence to enjoy your cycling at a level you may not have thought possible.
Nine Weekly, Monday Evening Sessions
The course will be taught in nine weekly sessions starting Monday, April 24th. More information and details of the curriculum can be found on the OBC website at www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/advanced-skills-clinic
You must register and pay a $50 fee to take this clinic. You’ll get most of your $50 back with a free graduation dinner on the closing night.
Not for Beginners
The course is not for beginners, so if you do not have much experience, you should take the introductory Group Riding Clinic first, go on club rides, and come back next year for the advanced clinic.
Road Bikes Only
The course involves lots of agility work and group riding. You must bring a bike with drop handlebars and NO time trial bars. We’ve been flexible about this in the past, but no longer.
Although we do not promote this as a “learn to race” course, the curriculum has been adapted from Cycling Canada’s “Learn to Race” manual and continuously developed over more than 25 years by OBC coaches. The skills are the same required by a competent racing cyclist and many students do go on from this clinic to become successful racers.
A New Session on Traffic Safety
We’re adding one classroom session on traffic safety to the curriculum this year. The details of this session are not yet complete.
This clinic has been extremely well supported every year by its volunteer coaches, many of whom have or have had successful racing careers, and some of whom have decades of experience teaching these skills. Former students are nearly unanimous in their praise of what they have learned from the clinic, so register early as there is a limit to the number of students we can accommodate.
Euro-Sports & Bike 2 Body – Our Business Partners
For several years, Mike Bennett of Euro-Sports and Mary Paterson of Bike 2 Body have been generously donating their time and expertise to the skills clinic. Mike checks and ensures that all bikes are in satisfactory mechanical condition for the clinic; Mary, a registered physiotherapist and certified bike fit professional, provides a basic bike fit for all students. These services help provide us with a safer learning environment and ensure that no student is handicapped by a bike that is not properly fitted to their body.
Additional information and registration available on the Advanced Skills Clinic page.