Cycling Skills


Skills classes are my favourite aspect of coaching. I love teaching in general and when it involves bicycles, then it is doubly great. Some of the classes I have put together for cyclists in the past include:
  • bicycle maintenance
  • wheel building
  • trainer sessions
MichaelDropInClinic
The Drop-In Clinic Whistler Mountain Bike Park (why do photos always flatten steep? This is vertical but looks like a driveway)

On the dirt


  • cornering
  • body positioning
  • negotiating obstacles
  • drills to make you a better rider
Now PMBI Level 1 - Professional Mountain Bike Instructors are trained to teach fundamental skills rather than various manoeuvres based on the successful model used by the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance for instruction over the past several decades.
Brent in some short track action
The short track race Brent in California

On the road


  • bunch riding behaviour and etiquette
  • descending
  • climbing
  • criterium strategies
  • lead-out trains and other aspects of teamwork
Michael in a club time trial
The race of truth Anzac Parade, Canberra

On the track


  • riding the banking
  • race strategy
  • track etiquette
Michael winning a Madison
Madison Narrabundah velodrome
Some classes, such as teamwork, require a group of people to practice with. Others, such as the mountain biking skills, work best with only a few people. In general I will put together a syllabus for any group of 1 to 10 people that come to me with an idea. My climbing and bunch riding classes proved so popular during summer that I had to provide multiple classes each week to keep the group size small enough. If you have a group of friends that wants to improve your cycling together, I am your guy. Together we can work out all the class details such as how many hours and what we intend to cover. I really can’t get enough of this!
Trudy races the national champs
XC Nationals Trudy at Mt Stromlo