KNBC Riding Skills Clinic

Want to be safer on the road? Be more social when riding with a group? Have more fun? In this 3-hour clinic, we’ll practice basic skills to help you ride safer with more confidence. We’ll also learn basic group riding skills, so we can be more comfortable riding together as a group.  The clinic is for both new and experienced KNBC members. It involves lots of drills with practice, and accommodates cyclists with a wide range skills and abilities.  The format of the clinic is one of fun, and play.

What to expect:

  • Fun, simple, on-bike drills to help improve your riding;
  • Easy riding at a slower pace. No fast or “scary” stuff; 
  • Much of the session will be in a parking lot, followed by an approximate 45 minute ride around the community for group practice;
  • The drills all have variants to accommodate a wide range of abilities. It’s up to you to decide your own comfort zone and challenge level.  We expect “nervous beginners”. And we really encourage experienced “high skills” riders to attend and practice their skills…. everyone will learn something new;
  • The group riding portion is about riding safe and socially in a group. It’s not a course in “drafting”. (But this training is a good prerequisite for learning how to draft effectively);
  • Questions and discussion around riding skills, appropriate cycling equipment, etc. are encouraged throughout the session;
  • Small class size: Maximum 10 people per session, More sessions to be added if required.

What to bring:

  • You and your bike in safe operating condition and your helmet, ready to ride. Bring a water bottle and a snack. 

When & Where:

  • To be scheduled in 2020

To register:

  • Register on-line using the KNBC rides calendar on the website when event is scheduled. 
  • Questions? Contact Bill by email,, or at (613) 820-6452

About the leader:

  • Bill Bourne is a trained cycling coach under the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) at the Community Initiation (This class!) and Introduction to Competition Levels. He is also a trained CanBike instructor. Bill is a coach in the Ottawa Bicycle Club’s Youth Development Program, and is a coach for the OBC’s Introduction to Group Riding, and Advanced Riding Skills Clinics for adults.

Course Curriculum

  1. Basic Bike & Equipment Information
    • ABC Quick Check, clothing, equipment, what to carry.
  2. Signaling & Communications (it’s a culture)
    • Traffic signals & road hazard signals. When to signal? Verbal or gesture or both?
    • Non-verbal, subtle communication
  3. The Ready Position - this one thing will keep you safe, and make you a more confident bike handler
    • Railway tracks and cross-road obstacles
  4. Straight Line Riding practice
    • While shoulder checking and looking back. While signaling. While chatting with another rider!
  5. The “rock dodge” and “quick turn” for obstacle avoidance
    • What the heck is counter steering anyway? Why do I care?
    • Rock Dodge - avoid an obstacle on the road
    • Quick Turn - avoid a vehicle that moves into your path
  6. Emergency Braking - Stop quickly while staying in control.
    • The secrets to effective braking revealed.
  7. Single line group riding
  8. Double Line Group Riding
  9. Putting it all together: going for a short ride.