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CE Training Programs
We work with top cycling and athletic coaches to create meaningful training programs to make you a better, faster, cyclist.

Everything you need to be a faster cyclist.

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.

What we offer

Structured workouts

Get weekly structured workouts from our coaches as well as one on one coaching sessions.

Strength training

Get a monthly strength training program that provides an amazing strength component to your training.

Stretching & yoga

A stretch program combined with a weekly live yoga class to seep you loose and limber on and off the bike.

Weekly group rides

Access other weekly group in the summer months and Zwift throughout the winter.

Social network

Our active social network is here to help answer questions and give feedback.

Nutrition advice

Get weekly nutrition advice as well as custom programs to help keep your nutrition on track and perform at your best.

Equipment discounts

Through our partners, get up to 15% off on equipment purchases.

1-on-1 Coaching

Get 1-on-1 coaching sessions with our Training Plus or premium coaching programs.

24/7 Coach access

Our coaches are available through our platform to answer your general coaching questions.

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Our coaching programs

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.

Cyclist analyizing data after a workout

Training base

$0/mo

    • The Training Base program is included in the Common Empire 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
    • Includes a general trend for the month + some suggestions of workouts that can be done outside of club activities
    • Ongoing nutrition advice and healthy recipes from our nutrition coach
    • 5% off vitamins & supplements

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
    • Basic nutrition program
    • 10% off vitamins & supplements

Training Premium

$100/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
    • A thoughtful and periodized combination of structured workouts
    • Monthly training program using Training Peaks
    • Personalized nutrition program
    • Ongoing nutrition coaching, meeting twice per month
    • 25% off vitamins & supplements

Additional services

Custom nutrition programs

We create custom meal plans to help get your nutrition on point to help perform at your best and ensure you’re meeting your health goals.

Custom strength programs

From an initial assessment, we create custom strength programs to find and improve upon your weaknesses to make you an overall stronger athlete.

Massage & chiropractic services

We offer one off and subscription massage and chiropractic services to keep you loose and aligned from your daily and athletic routines.

Supplements & vitamins available with your CE Training Program

  • Multivitamin
  • Endurance D-Ribose
  • Magnesium
  • Probiotics
  • Collagen +C
  • Aminos + HMB
  • Melatonin
  • Beta-Alanine
  • B Complex
  • Omegas
  • Isolate protein
  • Creatine
  • BCAA’s
  • Magnesium
  • Electrolytes

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… 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… learn more

Allison Fontaine

Common Empire has joined forces with a sports nutritionist, Allison Fontaine, to create affordable programs designed to support your rigorous exercise routines and take your training to the next level… learn more

F.A.Q.'s

  • Yes! Anytime is just fine. You’ll have access to the rest of the plan you’ve missed but as long as you’ve been riding you’ll be fine.

  • Yes! But also no. The programs are designed for anyone who wants to get better on their bike. In our opinion this encompasses both racers and non-racers.

  • Nick with Summit Consulting and Shawn at Sharke Coaching both offer a discounted rate to CE members for those who want something truly personalised. Through the club, there are many connections to leaders in other ancillary services for anything else members may need to up their cycling game.

  • Yes, the plan provided will be a holistic training plan with both on bike and off bike training.

  • Yes! Nick and Shawn are huge proponents of bike sills. Spring, summer and fall both coaches are really excited to work on cornering, balance, pack skills and more! During the winter expect to have some drills to work on your pedal stroke.

Are you ready to get faster?

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