Advanced Skills Clinic


This is a nine-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 23rd, 6:30 pm
Organizer: Bob Hicks, e-mail , 613 862-1024   

Registration & Cost

All participants must register on-line.  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.


Classroom sessions are in the Council Chamber at Ben Franklin Place where we handle the administration and introductory material followed by a second session on traffic safety.

After the first two sessions, we will move to Tunney’s Pasture for four sessions, two sessions in the Gatineau Park and one at the Experimental Farm.

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
  • Q & A

Week 2 – Council Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Dr, classroom session

  • Traffic safety
  • Video
  • Q & A

Week 3 – Tunney’s Pasture

  • Bicycle Safety Checks
  • Bike fit
  • Agility drills

Week 4 – Tunney’s Pasture

  • Agility drills
  • Braking
  • Pedalling
  • Side-by-side bumping
  • Wheel touching
  • Cornering

Week 5 – 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 6 – 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 7 – Gatineau Park, P8 (Meach Lake Rd & Parkway)

  • Taking a feed
  • Hill climbing
  • Descending
  • Changing gears

Week 8 – Experimental Farm, Cow Lane & Morningside Lane

  • Echelons on rolling terrain
  • Controlling speed
  • Sitting on

Week 9 – Gatineau Park, P8

  • Putting it together – a ride in the park
  • Evaluation of the clinic
  • Graduation Dinner