GETTING STARTEd IN CYCLING

IT’S EASIER THAN YOU THINK!

When parents think of sports for their families, they typically think of baseball, soccer, and hockey. However, almost everyone owns a bike….and yet it is one of the last things parents think of: bike riding as a sport.​ KW Cycling starts the kids at 5 years old... on strider bikes - Parking lot Skills.

For those that do not know or never considered cycling as a sport, getting involved for the first time can be a little overwhelming. The KW Cycling Academy will try to walk you through the process and answer the question: “What do I do now?” Typically, getting involved starts with whatever bike you have now. For the winter sessions, a select few bikes are available for riders to try.

What are the first steps?

Connect with us. We will let you know the coming programs for the week and work with you to assess the skill level of your youth. We will ask about your child’s interests perhaps between mountain biking, road riding, or track cycling. To get started, any bike will do. Much beyond a bike, a good helmet is required. No need to spend money on a new bike, until the time and interest warrants it. We will assist in selecting a new bike when and if the time comes. We want to make sure your youth enjoys their activities. Cycling is an endurance sport, and we want to make sure your youth both the ability and interest. Riding bikes has to be fun.

Take your time:  Between parking lots skills & drillssessions and Intro mountain bike rides, we have a summer program for your child.

Above all, ask as many questions as you can.

In implementing COVID-19 safety measures/protocols, KW Cycling Academy will follow the latest Return to Sport and Progressive Return to Cycling Guidelines of the Ontario Cycling Association (found at https://www.ontariocycling.org/covid-19-information/). All members should familiarize themselves with these items prior to participating in any club activity.

CYCLING AS A SPORT

The video below shows Rob Good, our head coach, putting riders through a track racing session at the Forest City Velodrome in London, ON. All the riders shown are between the ages of 8-14, and it shows what you can expect from your youth as they progress in the sport. All sports offer a level of competition, and the video below shows one discipline of cycling: Track Cycling.

KW Cycling Academy - Coaches

Rob Good - Head Coach KWCA Cycling Academy
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As a life long resident of Waterloo and member of the Waterloo Cyclng Club, Coach Rob is a certified Cycling Coach with Cycling Canada & Ontario Cycling Association. Over 20 years of Cycling experience. As an athlete, both ..

Brian Pendersen - KW Cycling Academy Head MTB Coach
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Brain have been involved in cycling in many capacities since the early 70’s, pre-dating the mountain bikes that we now enjoy. Over the years of racing at local, provincial, national and international levels I have gained ....

Sid Slotegraaf - MTB Coach
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Sid has a cycling background in downhill racing and dirt jumping. Sid raced for several years nationally and on the world cup circuit (see SouthWestern Ontario News article). Since moving back to Ontario, Sid has had a renewed ...

Roxy Slotegraaf - MTB Coach
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Roxy was first introduced to mountain biking while living in Whistler, BC and spent a several years racing enduro all around British Columbia. Roxy enjoy's QOM hunting, epic backcountry adventures, and having as many "best days ...

Chris Eilers - Hour of Power & MTB Coach
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KW Cycling Academy 2021 Coach Chris It’s not “Just” about the bike, you have to add the rider, too. After some time away from the sport of cycling, Chris rediscovered his love for mountain ...

Coach Amanda - Mobility & Strength
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KW Cycling Academy welcomes Amanda Kleinikkink to our coaching team for the 2021 season.Coach Amanda started racing Mountain Bike competitively at the age of 10. Over the last 5 ...