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We believe that the joy of cycling is rooted in the community we build, and we're proud to introduce our team of experienced and dedicated cycling enthusiasts who work tirelessly to provide exceptional service to you.

Ozmosis Training: Unleashing Potential on the Trails

Founded in North Vancouver, Ozmosis Training has become a beacon for mountain biking enthusiasts, especially women, seeking to elevate their skills. Spearheaded by Jaclyn Delacroix, a Sea to Sky transplant who moved here in 2007 with our team of professional coaches offers more than just training; we offer a journey. With a focus on mountain bike coaching and guided tours across North Van and the Sea to Sky corridor, we're committed to sharing our love for the sport and empowering riders of all levels to achieve their best on the trails.

Essential Cycles: Your North Shore Cycling Hub

Emerging from the rich history of Ozmosis Training, Essential Cycles stands as a testament to our evolving journey in the cycling world. Located in the heart of the North Shore, our bike shop specializes in high-quality service, meticulous repairs, and the art of crafting custom bikes and wheel sets. We're more than just a shop; we're artisans of the cycling experience, dedicated to elevating your biking adventures. Our partnership with Suspension Werx and Fluid Function ensures top-tier full suspension servicing, while our custom wheel builds showcase over two decades of expertise with brands like We Are One Composites and Nobl Wheels. At Essential Cycles, we offer more than just products; we offer a cycling experience enriched with passion, expertise, and a deep connection to the North Shore community​​

Uniting Passion with Expertise

Ozmosis Training and Essential Cycles are united by a singular passion: to provide an unparalleled cycling experience on the North Shore. Whether you're here for coaching, a custom-built bike, or a scenic tour, we're dedicated to making every moment exceptional. Join our community and discover why every ride with us is more than just a journey - it's an adventure that begins and thrives in the heart of North Vancouver.


Expert Bicycle Service and Repairs: At Essential Cycles, our technicians are dedicated professionals committed to the integrity of your bike. Meticulous in their approach, they maintain your mountain bike to excel on North Shore trails and fine-tune your road bike for smooth rides. Our expertise ensures your bike performs optimally, transforming ordinary rides into exceptional experiences..

Custom Builds and Wheel Sets: Discover the thrill of riding a bike as unique as you are. Our custom builds are tailored to your preferences, capturing the essence of your cycling spirit. Craftsmanship meets innovation, resulting in bikes and precision-engineered wheel sets that echo your individuality.

Mountain Bike Rentals: ur rental bikes are meticulously maintained for reliability on every trail. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned rider, our high-quality bikes are designed for exploration. Discover the North Shore's scenic trails at your own pace, immersing yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds you. Our bikes are not just rentals; they're your reliable companions, facilitating unforgettable adventures on the trails.

Coaching and Guiding: Elevate your skills with our professional coaching and guiding sessions, where mastery meets mentorship. Whether you're a novice exploring the world of mountain biking or an expert seeking refinement, our experienced instructors are here to guide you. Together, we master the art of mountain biking, one pedal at a time.

Winter Mountain Maintenance Clinics: Gear up for the winter season with our immersive maintenance clinics. Delve into the heart of bike care, learning the best practices to keep your trusted companion performing optimally in all conditions. Our hands-on approach ensures you conquer any terrain, regardless of the weather.


Authorized Retailer: We take pride in being authorized retailers of Marin, Commencal, and We Are One Composite bikes. Our curated selection ensures you have access to top-tier brands, each ride promising an unparalleled experience.

Full Suspension Servicing: In partnership with Suspension Werx and Fluid Function, we deliver comprehensive full suspension servicing. Entrust us with your bike, and we guarantee its peak performance on any terrain. Your bike becomes an extension of your adventure, navigating challenging landscapes with ease.

Custom Wheel Builds: Elevate your ride with our specialized custom wheel builds, a fusion of artistry and engineering. With over 20 years of expertise, we craft durable wheels using top-notch brands such as We Are One Composites, Nobl Wheels, DT Swiss, Onyx, and Industry Nine. Each revolution is a testament to our commitment to perfection.

At Essential Cycles, our passion is the driving force behind our commitment to delivering exceptional service and high-quality products. Whether you're a devoted mountain biking enthusiast or a casual rider seeking the thrill of the trail, we invite you to join us on the North Shore's awe-inspiring trails – because your cycling adventure begins and thrives here. Welcome to a world where every ride is a masterpiece and every cyclist is a cherished member of our vibrant community.

Meet TheTeam


Get to know the faces behind Essential Cycles

At Essential Cycles, we are passionate about mountain biking and want to share our knowledge with everyone. We offer bike rentals, bike repairs and bike education opportunities, providing our customers with an unbeatable bike shop experience. Our in-store mechanics classes cover everything from the basics to a full bike overhaul - all taught by experienced professionals. Plus, our professional coaches are here to help you improve your bike riding skills!

Jaclyn Delacroix

Meet Jaclyn, one of the most exceptional mountain bike coaches in British Columbia. With over a decade of coaching experience and previously being an internationally certified personal trainer, Jaclyn is at the top level of coaching, with a unique ability to help riders improve their skills and overcome mental barriers.

Jaclyn's dedication to promoting and inspiring women within the mountain biking communities all over British Columbia is truly inspiring. Her coaching philosophy centers on empowering riders of all levels, and helping them achieve their full potential on the trails. With Jaclyn as your coach, you'll not only improve your skills and confidence on the bike, but you'll also be part of a community of riders that is pushing the boundaries of what's possible in the sport.


In addition to her coaching expertise, Jaclyn also brings a wealth of bike mechanic knowledge to the table, having worked on bikes for around a decade with mentoring from #niceguygeoff and Andrew. If you're looking for a coach who is passionate, dedicated, and experienced in all aspects of mountain biking, then Jaclyn is the coach for you.   So what are you waiting for? Get in touch today and take the first step towards becoming the best rider you can be.

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Geoff MacDonald

Affectionately known as ‘niceguy’ within the Vancouver cycling community, Geoff was born in Tofino, BC but calls East-Van home. A self-professed bike-nerd and daily rider, Geoff has a deep love and appreciation for the literal and philosophical utilitarian beauty of all things bicycle.

Geoff’s wandering path through life has seen him make his way as a musician, bike-courier, cowboy, swing-dancer, high-rise window cleaner & scuba-diver… but throughout it all - and above all else - he considers himself a bike-mechanic. With two decades of international experience ranging from community bike-kitchens to UCI race support, he has personal
experience riding and repairing: mountain bikes & road bikes, gravel bikes & touring bikes, commuters & cruisers, fixies & bmx’s, tall bikes & tandems, fat bikes, freak bikes, polo bikes and kids bikes. With a thorough attention for detail and an honesty-first approach to repairs, you can rest assured he has the experience needed to give your bike the love it deserves. As an instructor, he loves to share knowledge and help others understand the methods behind the mechanics.

niceguy also is a multi-instrumentalist and loves to wax-ecstatic about music, he makes his own clothes, obsesses over chess, and studies the cognitive psychology behind prestidigitation & legerdemain. He is willing to admit the wheels can be greased with baked goods, coffee, bubbly, beer, wine or deli-meats…

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Sierra Sullivan

Sierra was born and raised around the forests of western Canada where she developed a love for trails, mountains, streams, and rivers. Moving to Vancouver in 2017 to pursue a PhD in fisheries was motivated by the excellent educational and, of course, the mountain bike opportunities that the area offered. 

With a background as an alpine ski coach and a dance instructor, expanding her coaching skills to mountain biking was a natural progression after taking up the sport. She has instructed and guided for WORCA, Shred Sisters, and many other organizations across BC as a PMBIA Level 1 certified coach since 2016. In addition to coaching, she races enduro, builds trails, and explores backcountry regions across western Canada and the US.

Sierra’s passion lies in promoting female involvement in mountain sports through structured approaches to skill development and mental progression. She mentors for the Mountain Mentors ski touring program, guides for Muddbunnies Cycling Club, and is excited to share her enthusiasm for teaching and bad puns with Ozmosis Training clients.

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Dagný Ívarsdóttir

Born under the ever-lingering midnight sun and surrounded by exploding geysers, spewing volcanoes, majestic glaciers and powerful waterfalls – Dagný is a true Icelandic Viking that firmly
believes in elves, trolls and all the other supernatural beings that reside in Iceland’s mystical nature. Dagný’s passion for the outdoors naturally led her into a career in adventure tourism
where she has accumulated her travel expertise through various jobs behind the desk and in the field.

Dagný tried mountain biking for the first time a few years back when she got invited to join a group of 20 women to explore some of Iceland’s most beautiful and remote backcountry trails.
She instantly fell in love with the euphoric feeling of riding bikes in the wild and the powerful bonds you make with the people you ride with. Since then mountain biking has taken Dagný to
exotic places like Nepal, Peru, Mexico, Portugal and Patagonia. Moving to North Vancouver was a dream come true as it is a mecca for so many outdoor adventure sports and especially for the world class mountain biking scene. The North Shore trails have quickly become her favorite playground and she loves to share her passion for riding and fixing bikes.

In the off season she works as a polar expedition guide on the oceans of the Arctic and Antarctic. Dagný credits Mother Nature for teaching her the value of working hard, playing harder, laughing loud and always living life to its fullest.

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Andrew Major

Who is Andrew? A bike-shop co-worker once derided that his obsession with bicycles had rendered him a “one dimensional character.” During a heat wave and drought, his good friend Pope Jimmy suggested that North Vancouver should host a parade and make him the guest of honour. On learning that he’d be turning wrenches part time alongside Nice Guy Geoff, his own daughter remarked “I guess that makes you Mean Guy Mandrew?!”


With friends like these… he goes by ‘Drew,’ or ‘Andrew,’ or ‘Mandrew,’ or ‘Major-Dad,’ or ‘Drew-Bob’ depending on who he’s talking to and where and when they know him from over a couple decades in the bike industry. And sometimes just “Yep?!” on a properly busy day. He never answers the phone the same way twice, and never sounds happy to be doing it but he’s usually acceptably kind in person. And, he does know a couple things about bicycles. 


When he’s not Saturdaying at Essential Cycles you’ll find him on his own riding bikes, hanging out with his daughter riding bikes, writing about mountain bicycles for the folks at, or writing about bikes on his blog

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