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Cycling coaching plan
Common Empire Training Program

Train with Common Empire

Common Empire has formed a partnership with two of Ottawa’s premiere cycling coaches to develop a training group for its members. With over 25 years of coaching experience shared between them, Shawn Clarke and Nicholas Vipond have coached all levels of athletes. From kids to masters and from new riders to professional cyclists they have experience working with and fitting riding into every type of life across all cycling disciplines.

Cyclist analyizing data after a workout

The training program will consist of two levels. One is included in the general CE membership and one the other, an optional add on to the standard CE membership. Both training plan options are designed and monitored by NCCP certified, professional coaches. Athletes who are looking beyond these two options for training will have access to both Summit Consulting and Sharke Coaching at a special Common Empire discounted rate of $200/month for a completely personalized coaching service.

The coaches use their local cycling knowledge to make the most out of the riding and terrain located in the region. Starting in the spring CE training group members will have the ability to participate in two in-person coached training sessions per month.

Meet the coaches

Shawn Clarke

Shawn started alpine ski coaching in 2001 and has built a life around sport ever since. Years of coaching both skiing and cycling have allowed him to excel in the technical and tactical side of coaching. He is quickly becoming one of the most broadly experienced coaches in road cycling in Canada. From grassroots cyclists, all the way through the national team at the elite world championships Shawn has seen all aspects of the sport and has a unique perspective to help athletes anywhere through their development. Currently, the head sports director of… learn more

Nicholas Vipond

Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with Honors in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Arts degree in Consulting and Intervention in Sport, Health and Exercise, also from the University of Ottawa. He is a NCCP Certified Competition Development (Level 3) cycling coach, with over 20 years of coaching cycling athletes in MTB, road, cyclocross, and track and mentoring coaches. Over these years he has worked with youth athletes as young as 5 years old, right up to master and professional athletes… learn more

Our programs

Training base

$0/mo

    • Included in the standard membership fee. 
    • Monthly email outlining training outline for the month
    • The email will highlight how athletes can use the existing CommonEmpire group  rides for their training
    • Include general trend for the month + some suggestions of workouts that can be done outside of club activities

Training plus

$50/mo

    • Meet twice per month for in-person training sessions with certified coaches focusing on various skills
    • A weekly email outlining the 2 workouts for the week and how to integrate group rides, from the program coaches
    • A thoughtful and periodized combination of structured workouts to complement the Common Empire group rides. 
    • Monthly training program using TrainingPeaks

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