"I have never met a coach with such dedication and passion towards his athletes."
- Max Plaxton
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At the Pacific Cycling Centre, we believe in letting our results and athletes speak for us. Scroll down to see what some of Canada’s most successful cyclists have to say about Houshang and our coaches.

2008 Coach of the Year

In October 2008 Pacific Cycling Centre Head Coach Houshang Amiri was honoured with a major coaching award by the Coaching Association of Canada. The 2008 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards recognizes coaches whose athletes won medals at the 2008 Olympic Games, the 2008 Paralympic Games, the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games, and at world championships. Houshang Amiri was awarded this prestigious award for coaching UCI America's Tour champion Svein Tuft to the individual Time Trial silver medal at the World Cycling Championships. The award was presented to Amiri at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Sportif 2008 in Calgary.

"I have been working with Houshang Amiri since 2003. During this time I have won nine National titles on both Road and Track as well as several top 10 finishes at International competitions."
"Houshang has coached me through 2 Paralympic Games with a 6th place finish in 2004 and more recent 5th place finish in 2008. I attribute my increased performance directly to my association with Houshang Amiri."
"I am not getting any younger but I am getting faster and stronger, so Houshang must be doing something right."
- Brian Cowie, National Team Member and Paralympic Medalist

"I have had the opportunity to work with Houshang over the last 9 years as both a coach and as a manager. He has been in the sport a long time and has years of experience working with cyclists from juniors to world class athletes. By working with Houshang, he has helped me improve many aspects of my training and racing. I am now more focused during my training sessions and able to train specifically for certain key races."
"There aren’t many coaches around with the knowledge and experience of Houshang and he is someone you can really be confident in."
- Cam Evans, Multiple Canadian National Champion

"I wish to thank Houshang for his wonderful assistance with my training and helping me achieve two World Championships racing Track and two bronze and one silver at the Masters World Championships. I also have four Gold Medals on the track at the Masters World Games in Edmonton. His understanding of the mature athlete's special needs were a great help in my becoming strong and fit enough to compete on the world stage."
- Christopher Anstey, multiple Masters World Champion

"There are two kinds of coaches, those that care about you only as an athlete and those that care about you as an athlete and as a human being. Houshang Amiri is not only a world-class coach, he also cares deeply about each and every person he coaches. He takes the time to get to know you and creates programs that are specifically catered to your needs as an athlete. Most importantly, he helps you to believe in yourself and to understand what you are doing and why you are doing it. For me, Houshang not only helped me to succeed in cycling but he also helped me to truly love what I was doing ."
- Erin Carter, Multi Pan Am and National Champion. Track World Cup Medalist

"Houshang is dedicated, loyal, loves his work and is the best technical coach out there. He is up to date with the absolute cutting edge of sport science."
"Houshang has been my coach for 10 years. Because of his coaching, I have competed in 10 National Championships, 6 World Championships, 1 Pan American Championships, 1 Commonwealth Games, multiple World Cups per year and the 2008 Olympic Games. I would never have made it to the Olympic Games or any of my careers greatest destinations without Houshang as my guide."
"Houshang has a masterful understanding of the human physiology and his approach to training is innovative and inspiring to any athlete. His technical understanding of the physical demands of endurance training is only matched by his obvious passion for helping people achieve greatness. His athlete’s accomplishments speak for his skill and ability. Houshang has proven time and again that he can take any athlete from the novice level to World Class calibre."
- Erinne Willock, Olympic and PanAm Games Athlete

"Houshang Amiri, without a doubt, has been key to my success as a top level cyclist. I have never met a coach with such dedication and passion towards his athletes. Before I started working with Houshang I would always have an up and down season peaking at the wrong time and often getting burnt out. He knows exactly how to get into top shape and maintain that shape throughout the race season with proper recovery and key workouts."
"A testament to his coaching abilities was his taking me on as an athlete prior to the 2006 race season, It resulted in a podium in the U-23 world championships race in New Zealand as well as winning the 1st of my two Continental Championship titles. Fast forward three years later to 2009, and I am having my best season ever having taken my first US National Series win and leading the overall."
"I put 100% faith in Houshang’s training programs and feel extremely lucky to be able to work alongside such a devoted coach."
- Max Plaxton, U23 World Championships Bronze Medalist, Cross-Country

“Having Houshang as a coach from 2004 to 2009 helped me get to the level that I'm at. His knowledge of training techniques and ability to relay that knowledge is a great asset, especially when you're really starting to progress in the sport–and every little bit helps!” - Rob Britton

"I have been working with Houshang since 2005, and in that time I have acheived great results through his help-A bronze medal at the 2006 commenwealth games, a World Cup podium, and a selection to the Canadian Olympic team in 2008. Houshang has great knowledge of cycling and what it takes to get to the top!"
- Seamus McGrath, 2004/2008 Olympian

"When I returned to cycling five years ago, I was unsure as to whether I wanted to become involved with a coach. However, shortly after I resumed training I became exposed to Houshang's coaching style. It was evident that he cared for each of his athletes."
"He believed in balancing training with proper recovery time and also providing each athlete with quality individual attention. I believed that these philosophies were key to maximize athletic performance and therefore, I decided to ask him to take me on as his Athlete."
"This partnership has grown into what I feel is a highly successful coach-athlete relationship. Houshang has been a vital element in what has allowed me to experience steady progression each year of my career. I trust him completely with my yearly training plan, as he has always been spot on. Last year he helped in my achievement of two great career milestones, a 7th place finish at the Olympics and a second place finish at World championships, both in the individual time trial."
"What has impressed me most over the time I have worked with Houshang is his continual commitment to building and developing young Canadian talent within the sport of cycling. I believe that Houshang has not only been a positive influence in my career but that his talents are essential to cultivating successful careers for future Canadian athletes in this sport."
- Svein Tuft, Olympian and World Championships Silver Medalist

"I was fortunate enough to meet Coach Houshang Amiri early on in my cycling career. I soon realized that Houshang was just as much a life coach as a cycling coach. His vast experience and wealth of cycling knowledge took me from being a local club racer to being National Champion, racing multiple World Cups and International races as well as the Commonwealth Games."
"Many of Houshang Amiri's teachings transfer from the bike to your life outside of cycling. If you are lucky enough to have Houshang on your side, your possibilities are endless!"
- Tyler Hansen, National Champion and Commonwealth Games Participant

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