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Cycling Canada Advancement Education Series

Cycling Canada is inviting parents, athletes, and coaches to their Advancement Education Series. The aim of this series is to help aspiring cyclists work towards national team selection and success. Each session will include a 30-minute interview with a national team coach or field expert, facilitated by Cycling Canada’s Head Coach, Dan Proulx. Following the interview, there will be a 30-minute Q&A session where attendees can ask questions.

This information series is specifically designed for athletes in the Train-to-Train and Train-to-Compete phase of Long Term Development or those aiming to participate in national team projects and teams within the next 4 seasons.

This winter’s focus revolves around technical and tactical development.  Participants are invited to attend talks beyond their current cycling discipline to help spark new training ideas and further connect because, after all, learning faster than the competition is our greatest sustainable advantage. 

Register via Cycling Canada’s Learning Management System (under Upcoming Courses) at



Topic  National Team Coach  Date  Time 
Road Nigel Ellsay, Richard Wooles Dec. 4, 2023 2 pm PST
Cyclocross Michael Van den Ham Dec. 5, 2023 2 pm PST
Downhill Chad Hendren Dec. 12, 2023 2 pm PST
Track Laura Brown, Phil Abbott Dec. 13, 2023 2 pm PST
MTB XCO Catharine Pendrel Dec. 14, 2023 2 pm PST

To support our discussion, we request attending coaches hold at least NCCP Competition-Introduction CERTIFICATION (at a minimum). NCCP-certified coaches receive 1 professional development per workshop attended.



Topic  National Team Coach  Date  Time 
Track Laura Brown Jan. 8, 2024 2 pm PST
Road Nigel Ellsay Jan. 10, 2024 2 pm PST
MTB XCO Catharine Pendrel Jan. 15, 2024 2 pm PST
Cyclocross Michael Van den Ham Jan. 17, 2024 2 pm PST
BMX Freestyle Dave Thomas Jan. 22, 2024 2 pm PST
BMX Race Adam Muys Jan. 23, 2024 4 pm PST
Downhill Chad Hendren Jan. 24, 2024 2 pm PST
Para Cycling Sebastien Travers Jan. 29, 2024 2 pm PST

Note: Coaches are welcome to attend the athlete sessions so that everyone knows the information being discussed.



Topic  Speaker  Date  Time 
Goal Setting TBA Feb. 5, 2024 2 pm PST
Prepare for a NT project. TBA Feb. 12, 2024 2 pm PST
Nutrition on NT projects. TBA Feb. 19, 2024 2 pm PST
Managing life on the road. TBA Feb. 26, 2024 2 pm PST

Note: NT = National Team

If you have further questions about this education series, please contact Jen Milligan (