Advanced Skills Clinic

Monday, April 29 2019, 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.


This is an eight-week clinic aimed at experienced 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 8 pm during April, May and June.
Sessions: Mondays from April 29th, 6:30 pm 
Organizer: Bob Hicks, e-mail , 613 862-1024   

Registration & Cost

All participants should register on-line or at the first classroom session.  There is a charge for the course of $65, which includes on-line access to all course materials and covers the cost of dinner on the last night.

Not for Beginners – Road Bikes Only

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.
The course involves lots of agility work and group riding. You must bring a bike with drop handlebars and NO time trial bars. Helmets are, of course, mandatory.


The clinic starts with a classroom session in the Council Chamber at Ben Franklin Place. We show video of the course material with a number of clips focused on traffic safety. This all includes a Q&A with the coaches.
After this initial session, we will head over to Tunney’s Pasture for four sessions, two sessions in the Gatineau Park and one at the Experimental Farm.

An Evolving Session on Traffic Safety

The introductory classroom session now includes a significant component on traffic safety. It focuses on paying attention, assessing risk, and avoiding accidents in traffic. We continue to revise this session as we learn more about the dynamics of accidents especially as they affect cyclists in a group.

Euro-Sports & Bike 2 Body

For several years, Mike Bennett of Euro-Sports and Mary Paterson of Bike 2 Body have generously donated their time and expertise to the skills clinic. Mike checks and ensures that all bikes are in satisfactory mechanical condition before taking part in the clinic; Mary, a registered physiotherapist and certified bike fit professional, provides a basic bike fit to all students in the clinic. 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.

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 has been adapted from Cycling Canada’s "Learn to Race" manual and modified over the years to meet the specific needs of our group.  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
  • Traffic safety
  • 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


Step 1) Registration

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Step 2) Payment