Road Skills Clinic

This is a series for those looking to get comfortable riding in a group and is free for all cycling club members.  Please join prior to attending the clinic.  You can join online or by bringing cash or cheque to one of our local bike shops.

The lessons will be progressive, so riders will benefit from attending all three.  We’ll meet at the McMeeken Arena (Map: Google) at 7:00pm, have a discussion and “ground school” followed by a short group ride to practice your newly-learned skills.  Bring your bike and dress to ride.

If you are new to riding or feel you could use a brush-up on these skills, please attend the clinic before joining the Wednesday night rides (exception for the hill-climbs and Merckx TT which are solo efforts and do not require group skills).

In deference to the fact that many new riders don’t have the right equipment and kit to ride in bad weather, we will reschedule if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Volunteers wanted:  If you’ve been road riding for a number of years and would be interested in helping people get into the sport, please contact Daniel Brosemer <>.

Week 1 – July 16, 2019

  1. Hand and vocal signals
    1. Road hazards
    2. Rider actions (turning, stopping, slowing)
  2. Bike handling
    1. Riding close to other riders
    2. Railway crossings
    3. Smoothly riding out hazards
  3. Bike check – checking your bike for common safety issues
  4. Group ride

Week 2 – July 23, 2019

  1. Paceline techniques
    1. Single paceline
    2. Rotating paceline
    3. Echelon
    4. Pulling through smoothly
    5. Slowing smoothly
  2. Group ride

Week 3 – July 30, 2019

  1. Cornering
  2. Climbing
    1. Transitioning in/out of the saddle
  3. Sprinting
  4. Group ride

You will need

  1. A Sault Cycling Club membership for 2019
  2. A functioning and safe road, gravel, or cyclocross bike (drop handlebars)
  3. A helmet