Climbing Clinic



Note: last updated July 20th

Event Highlights

  • Clinic begins 10:30am on Saturday, July 29th
  • Cost: $25
  • Length: 2-3hrs
  • Location: Observatory Rd

About The Ride Cycling is teaming up with Holly Henry Coaching to offer local riders an informative Road Climbing Clinic!

⇒ Do hills get you down?

⇒ Are those QOMs and KOMs eluding you?

⇒ Let’s set you on a path to happier times in the hills!

The clinic will highlight a wide range of topics, from tips to enjoying climbs more, to getting up hills faster, as well as some practical on-bike coaching as well.

KEEP SCROLLING TO TO REGISTER! Note registration closes end of Thursday, July 27th.

Got any questions? Here’s our Contact page, send us a note!

Event Details

Here’s a more detailed breakdown of what to expect.


Some of the clinic topics will include:

  • How to enjoy climbing more, taking some of the pain out of the hills
  • What to do when your friends are dropping you
  • How important is weight & lightweight gear
  • Climbing cadence & gearing
  • Pacing with power & heart rate
  • Standing vs Seated
  • Steady vs Punchy climbs
  • Fueling on longer climbs
  • Local bunch races – tips for Newton, Caleb
  • Local hill climbs & tips – Neild, Mt Doug, Ob, Willis Pt
  • Holly’s experiences climbing in pro races

What to Bring

We’ll be outdoors chatting and on bike for 2-3hrs, so please bring:

  • your bike and regular riding gear
  • water and food

Hope to see you there!

About Your Hosts

Dave and Holly have a ton of experience to share, learn more about them below.

Dave Shishkoff, About The Ride founder

Thanks Katja for the photo!

If you’ve been in the Victoria cycling scene for a while, you’ve probably already seen Dave out riding or racing!

Dave started riding off-road in the mid-90’s, spent a couple years as a bike courier, then got into racing on the track in 2003, road shortly after, and cyclocross in 2006. In this time he’s also lead countless clinics, from learn-to-ride clinics for many years on the track, to the Cyclocross Skills School clinic series. Be sure to ask Dave about the year he became the VCL A Neild Road Hill Climb Champ!

While not a particularly huge fan of climbing, and infinitely more likely to KOM on a downhill, Dave has lots of tips to share surviving climbs and getting the most out of your efforts.

Holly Henry, Pro Racer & Coach

You’ve probably seen Holly’s name atop many local QOM/KOM leaderboards, and practically lives at Willis Point.

Holly is a professional cyclist for Instafund Pro Cycling Team and has been competing as a cyclist for five years. She was an elite triathlete prior to switching to full time cycling. She is from Victoria, BC, Canada and has her Bachelor of Science in biology and psychology with a focus in neurobiology from the University of Victoria. Holly has coaching experience in triathlon and with Tripleshot Youth Cycling. She has been working with the youth and junior riders in road, cyclocross, and mountain bike disciplines. Holly is currently PMBIA level 1 certified, and NCCP-trained in Performance Cycling, Competition Development, soon to be fully certified.

To learn more about Holly and her coaching program, head over to!