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Training, Technique & Skill Development Programs

We believe the first skills all cyclists need to know are defensive riding skills. No different than how we learn defensive driving skills: learning to anticipate and take appropriate action ahead of time to avoid collisions and crashes. To be able to take affirmative action – to ride defensively and safely – requires cyclists to be comfortable on their bikes. Once comfortable, cyclists can then develop skills of agility, balance, and the coordination needed to develop an efficient and powerful pedal stroke plus the advanced bike handling skills needed for Mountain Bike (MTB), Cyclocross, BMX and Time Trial (TT) events.

The place to start, the place to learn is in the safety of a parking lot, with experienced cycling coaches who will teach bike handling skills in a progression which meets each rider at their level of ability, building confidence and comfort while skills and abilities develop. That’s how we do it @TOETT.

No Formula One driver starts by learning skills at full speed, neither should cyclists.

Bike Handling Skills – Novice to Sport Level

Next Course

Mondays 6:45 – 7:30pm

April 23, 30 &
May 7, 14, 28 &
June 4

Apr16th start postponed to
Apr23rd due to ice storm

Bike Skills Course promo video

10 Basic Cycling Skills Every Triathlete Should Master

From Triathlete.com: “Almost every adult-onset triathlete knows the phrase “it’s just like riding a bike” is a gross oversimplification of cycling. The skills required for a good-time ride with friends and family don’t necessarily translate to triathlon.”

Starting with the basics… pre-ride checks, straight line riding with shoulder checks, steering and leaning turns, and group riding skills. The goal is to have riders comfortable with being on their bike, the functions of their bike, and with basic bike handling skills.

The program runs 6 weeks, with 1 spare day in the event of cancellation due to weather. Sessions are 45 mins each and are held in Brant Cycle’s parking lot (link to Google maps). In case of a cancellation, participants will be contacted via email.

Requirements: a properly fitting helmet, a bike in safe working condition, and flat pedals. Without safe equipment, riders will not be permitted to participate. Clip (toe cages) or clipless pedals are not permitted. Riders are encouraged to have their helmet and bike inspected prior to the start date of the program.

In partnership with:

Registration for 12-17 yrs
Registration for Adults

PROGRAM FEE $95 (all in)

PAYMENT OPTIONS

E-TRANSFER
Name: TOETT

Email: aimee@toett.ca

PAYPAL

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Triathlon Crash Compilation – YOUTUBE

Not all crashes are preventable, but why not minimize the risk by gaining bike handling skills.

Refund Policy:  prior to any program filling up or 2 weeks prior to the start of a program which is not full, TOETT will provide a full refund.
Otherwise, TOETT does not provide refunds because programs are capped in size, and because athletes are informed ahead of time of participation criteria.

Group Rides – Novice to Sport Level

MAY 5, 12 , 26
Saturdays 10:15 am
@LaSalle Park
Skill:  Gear Selection & Cadence

 JUNE 2, 9, 16, 30
Saturdays 9:30 am
@LaSalle Park
Skill: Small Hills (<6% grad)

 JULY 7, 14, 21
Saturdays 9:00 am
@ TBA

AUGUST 11, 18, 25
Saturdays 8:30 am
@ TBA

Once you have the basic skills, then its time to start applying them while out on the roads. What better way to do it then in small group rides. With a coach riding within the group to offer recommendations, athletes will have the opportunity to gain and practice skills while building base mileage all at the same time.

To provide cyclists an opportunity to develop a range of skills, each month there will be a different focus for the group ride. Also, the start location for the group will vary to offer a change in terrain and scenery and to match the skill in focus.

Rides will be held on Saturday mornings, getting progressively earlier as the weather warms up. Rides will last anywhere from 1-2hrs and will go at a pace that doesn’t leave anyone behind.

Requirements: a properly fitting helmet, and a bike in safe working condition. Without a helmet and without safe equipment, riders will not be permitted to join in the group ride. It is highly recommended that novice riders take the TOETT Bike Handling Skills course in order to gain an overview of all the handling skills needed in order to ride safely and confidently.

Registration for 12-17 yrs
Registration for Adults

PROGRAM FEE
$20 per month
(all in)

PAYMENT OPTIONS

E-TRANSFER
Name: TOETT

Email: aimee@toett.ca

PAYPAL

Shopping Cart appears HERE

Refund Policy:  prior to any program filling up or 2 weeks prior to the start of a program which is not full, TOETT will provide a full refund.
Otherwise, TOETT does not provide refunds because programs are capped in size, and because athletes are informed ahead of time of participation criteria.

One on One & Private Small Group Coaching

Learning in a parking lot is the starting point, but eventually those bike handling skills need to be applied out on the roads where there are cars, buses, trucks, not to mention pedestrians as well as other cyclists. Sometimes it isn’t other vehicles or pedestrians that pose the risk, sometimes its the weather. Staying safe, avoiding accidents, minimizing your chances of an incident cannot be left to everyone else: cyclists – like drivers – need to learn to ride defensively. The best way… is to practice.

One on one or small group coached rides can be arranged by contacting Aimee@TOETT.ca

Training rides (on road and off road) can be customized to address specific skills, or an introductory session covering a range of skills (e.g. cadence, gear changing and selection, group riding: pace line and double pace lines, hill climbing & descending) can be arranged. Small groups are ideal for families, training partners, or for friends who are recreational riders but want to upgrade their bike handling skills.

Small group training is ideal for:

  • Road Cyclists: being able to ride shoulder to shoulder, dealing with the occasional bump between riders, avoiding road furniture and cornering are not skills you learn during an event or grandfondo.
  • Triathletes: mounting/dismounting to make transitions fast, 180 turnarounds in traffic situations, passes that are safe and do not risk penalties or disqualification need to be practiced outside of race situations, so racing is fun and fast.
  • MTB & CycloX: riding on gravel, loose dirt, in/out puddles, with stumps, roots, rock gardens and berms in the mix… riding confidently off road is a skill set all of this own.

Efficient riding comes with practice of technique, of handling skills, both on & off the road.

Why you should ALWAYS wear a helmet… YOUTUBE
How many base miles do you really need? VELONEWS.com
Six ways to make your base training better VELONEWS.com
Wiggins’ team won’t follow Sky’s lead VELONEWS.com

Advanced Bike Handling Skills & Cycling Technique

Developing an efficient pedal stroke is part science and part art, therefore one on one coaching is required for any athlete to tap into their fullest potential as an athlete, and as a cyclist.  As a result, TOETT partners with The Athletes Cloud for all advanced level coaching in bike handling skill and cycling technique. Click on the banner below to link to the TAC (The Athletes Cloud) website to learn more.

It doesn’t take two to cause a crash. What are you doing to prevent yourself from ending up a stat? No, you cannot develop enough skill to react when hit from behind, but there are enough crashes that could be prevented if cyclists only took the time to develop bike handling skills.

Memorial on King Rd, Burlington remembering Meredith Hagan – triathlete and mother of two – who died when she lost control of her bike and slid into the path of an oncoming car.

Link to insidehalton.com article.

Memorial at Kelso Conservation in the Summit parking lot remembering the firefighter who fell from the escarpment.

Link to globalnews.com article.

Ghost bike at Lakeshore and 3rd Line, Oakville

Links:
Wikipedia: What are Ghost bikes?
Ghost Bikes.org
Bicycling.com: Power of Ghost Bikes