Pro cycling clinic being offered

A special clinic is being offered in Cranbrook just in time for the cycling season getting underway.

A special clinic is being offered in Cranbrook just in time for the cycling season getting underway.

The Community Cycle Coaching Certification Clinic (or 5C) will enhance the knowledge of local cyclists up to the next level. The program is designed to help develop a foundational level of cycle coaching skills and abilities to assist cyclists in the community to improve their cycling skills and enjoyment.

It will also provide a base for coaches interested in pursuing a competitive coaching career and skills.

The program is being offered over three days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 12, 13, and 14, at the Memorial Arena in Cranbrook, 1432 2nd Street North.

Dr. Conan Cooper, Cycling BC Coaching Development Coordinator and Canadian Cycling Association Learning Facilitator, will be the lead instructor. John Mandryk will be assisting.

“As an active participant in developing and managing the NorthStar Rails2Trails I see the opportunity for Community Cycle Coaches to assist local and visiting cyclists to improve their skills, enjoyment and safety on the trail,” Mandryk said. “I am confident this is equally true for coaching in the Wildhorse Cycling Club, other cycling clubs and in our area schools.

“Whether you are interested in active coaching of cyclists or simply interested in improving your own cycling skills, this coaching course will be a major opportunity to understand and participate in a sport that we all enjoy and can share with family and friends.”

The program is scheduled to run: Friday, April 12, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with a lunch break); Sunday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (with a lunch break).

Bicycles will be required for the practical components of the course. A secure location to store bikes during the classroom sessions will be provided.

Cost is $137.50 with a discount for Cranbrook residents. The normal cost of this course is $250. A 19-hour course with lots of hands-on skill development, it is being subsidized through Cycling BC, volunteer time and the City of Cranbrook. A Coaches Manual is included in the course fee. Please register at Western Financial Place.

Registration is limited, but priority is being given to those who have advised of their interest.

Please ensure that you are registered and paid by April 4, 2013. After that date, the course will be opened  to the public.