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ccnlogo-hiresThe cycling season is just around the corner and now is the time to renew your BNL membership! Race licences and general membership available at

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2015 National Cycling Canada Calendar

2015-calendar-588The Cycling Canada national events calendar for 2015 is now available at the following link:

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NCCP Online: Ready To Race! Training Basics

NCCP_EDit_largeCycling Canada is pleased to announce their first online NCCP course. This January they will be piloting the Ready to Race! Training Basics online course and if successful more courses will follow in this format.

Course details:

NCCP Ready to Race! Training Basics Workshop

Instructor : Paul Jurbala
Level: Ready to Race! Competition Introduction
Language: English
Schedule: *Eastern Time* (coaches must be present at all sessions to receive credit)

  • Monday January 5- 7:30-9:30pm
  • Wednesday January 7- 7:30-9:30pm
  • Monday January 12- 7:30-9:30pm
  • Wednesday January 14- 7:30-9:30pm
  • Monday January 19- 7:30-9:30pm
  • Wednesday January 21- 7:30-9:30pm

Registration: please email to register
Cost: $100
Organizers: Cycling Canada
Description: Ready to Race! Introduction to Competition (R2R) is the context for coaches who will primarily work with new competitive cyclists at the community and club level. These athletes will likely be in the Learn to Train to Train to Train stages of LTAD, although the context could apply to any new racer of any age. These athletes have basic but developed cycling skills and the desire to begin competing within a structured training and competition program. They should have passed through an entry-level Community Initiation program (CCI) to help them develop the basic skills.

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Strength & Conditioning Webinar December 18

Cycling Canada will be holding a free coachcycling canada logo 340x340 webinar Thursday December 18th at 9pm Newfoundland time.

Derek M. Hansen is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and Sport Performance Consultant. He currently works at Simon Fraser University as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for NCAA Division 2 athletes. He has also worked closely with numerous national sport organizations in the area of Strength and Conditioning and athlete performance including Speed Skating Canada, Cycling Canada, Softball Canada, Field Hockey Canada and Bobsleigh-Skeleton Canada. He also provides expertise in the area of strategic planning, speed development, rehabilitation and performance team integration for professional teams in the NFL and collegiate teams in the NCAA. Derek has also been a course conductor within the NCCP system for 14 years, specializing in Strength and Conditioning, Recovery, Injury Prevention and Biomechanics.

Topic: Strength and Conditioning

Derek’s webinar will focus on the integration of strength and conditioning elements for cyclists. While there are many ways to make athletes stronger, it is imperative to ensure that any work done on the strength and conditioning side transfers to an athlete’s performance on the bicycle. There can be many downsides to an overzealous approach to strengthening, including accumulation of non-functional muscle mass, increases in muscle tension that obstruct desired neuromuscular coordination and the utilization of energy that could be put to better use on the bicycle. We will examine a variety of approaches that coaches can adopt and integrate to ensure their cycling athletes are improving their sport-specific performance.

How to register: If you would like to participate in this workshop, please email for details on how to connect. If you would like to receive NCCP Professional Development Points, please include your NCCP#.

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Sprockids Leadership Training In Terra Nova

sprockids oct 2014Through a partnership between BNL and Parks Canada, Sprockids founder Doug Detwiller paid a visit last week to train a group of teachers, Parks Canada staff, and bike shop operators to become Sprockids leaders.

Sprockids is a mountain biking program developed in the early 90’s and used across Canada and in 20 countries around the world. Their mission is “Through the sport of mountain biking young people will have the opportunity to develop the skills, values, and strategies that will guide them throughout their lives and enable them to successfully reach their full potential.”

CLICK HERE to read more about the program and the visit.

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BNL On Social Media

twitter_facebook1If you hang out on Facebook and Twitter be sure to follow us at and where you’ll find news, events and interaction with the entire cycling community!

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AMBA “Take A Kid Mountain Biking” Great Success


Earlier this month the Avalon Mountain Bike Association (AMBA) held a “Take Your Kid Mountain Biking Day” in St.John’s.

The event was a huge success with the weather cooperating and some 16 kids hitting their saddles for a morning of skill development and fun!

For more information on AMBA visit their Facebook page

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BNL Mailing List Update

join our mailing listWe are in the process of cleaning up our email list! If you are a current or past member of BNL, or you joined our mailing list through the subscription box on our home page, you will receive an email reminding you that you’re on our list.

You can of course unsubscribe but we REALLY hope you’ll stick around. We are working hard to improve our communication, and putting resources in place to keep you informed on BNL stuff as well as cycling community news and events.

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BNL Annual General Meeting

The 2013 BNL Annual General Meeting will be held at 6pm on July 2nd, 2014, at the conference room for the SportNL office building located at 1296A Kenmount Road.

All members and cycling enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. There are many opportunities to become involved with BNL, including space on the board for members who are interested in participating at a board level.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please send an email to and they will be addressed.

Thank you, and we hope to see you on Wednesday.

Scott Humber
President, BNL

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