Dominique Larocque M.A.
Founder LaRoccaXC Mountain Bike School (1996)
Head Coach LaRoccaXC

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Dominique Larocque

Her highly individualized and ‘out of the box’ coaching philosophy highlights the symbiotic relationship between mind, body and emotions.  With the eye of a Jedi master, there’s not much she misses in her athlete’s riding style and psychological gridlocks. Dominique has developed a solid reputation through the years working with riders of all ages and riding abilities. Her dedication to her students is heart felt in every session she leads. Passion lives here!

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Dominique was the dominant female XC MTB racer (1991 MTB National team) and cyclocross racer in Eastern Canada in the late 80’s and early 90’s, racing for Trek USA and Rollerblade Canada. With a propensity for boredom and collaboration, she redirected her passion for speed to inline and marathon speed skating racing in 1992, where she quickly became the dominant force in Canada and the US. She proved her international status in marathon speedskating during the Finland 100 km Ice Marathon in Kupio and the Athens to Atlanta marathon in 1994. She won the national inline skating title in 1996, prior to her retirement, declining an invitation to train on ice in Calgary in preparation for the 1998 Nagano Olympics, choosing family, education and vocation over racing.

Her coaching debut took place at Camp Fortune in 1997 alongside her studies, combining Gestalt psychotherapy, energy healing and a master’s degree in Sport Psychology at the University of Ottawa (1997-2004).

In 2003, she decided to relocate her mountain bike school in Val-des-Monts to design a training facility that would guarantee the holistic success of her students an her full attention to her call as a coach and program/trail designer. She is fully dedicated in establishing her private coaching practice, her mountain bike school and her summer residence for many years to come in the Amik Forest.


Assistant coaches

Dominique Larocque, remains the head coach at LaRoccaXC, mentoring her assistant coaches, all passionate and certified Level 1 P.M.B.I.A. riders and graduates of the school, who have gained mastery of the 25 km trail network, features and play parks at LaRoccaXC. They know which area offers the best “section of trail" to learn, practice and perform.

What was originally a discipline divided in cross-country and downhill streams, the sport keeps evolving so quickly with the new technology / trail design  that is evolving every year. LaRoccaXC stays committed in the importance of developing strong core skills if one is to progress to the next level without fear. We also understand the importance of overall fitness places in the sport, including riders on electric bikes. LaRoccaXC coaches are highly trained in emergency first response and take their role very seriously on the “little Rocky Mountain” modeling our P.A.R.A. model of injury prevention. 

Larocque and her roaster of coaches are fully committed in embodying the Code of Conduct to which P.M.B.I.A. adheres to.


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