“Houshang has been a vital element in what has allowed me to experience steady progression each year of my career.”
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PacificSport Junior Development Update

May 19, 2004

The PacificSport National Cycling Training Center is pleased to report several new cycling development programs in the city of Victoria.

The PacificSport Junior Development squad is a velodrome based training and racing program for athletes between the ages of 12-17. Currently, there are 15 young athletes participating in this program. The group has really advanced this year with the inclusion of athletes from the Victoria BMX Association. The goal of the program is to develop advanced bike handling skills and speed for both track and bmx racing. Athletes will focus on the National Track Championships (Victoria) and the ABA BMX Nationals (Nanaimo). PacificSport's Dan Proulx (Level 4 NCCP) and Breanna Loster (Level 1 NCCP) lead the junior squad. This is the third year of operation for this program.

Breanna Loster, with the assistance of the Greater Victoria Velodrome Association, will be coaching Cycling Lessons throughout the summer on Monday and Wednesday evenings. These lessons are designed for young riders who wish to try the track in a non-competitive environment. Athletes will learn all aspects on safe track riding. Upon completion of the program, riders may choose to join the PacificSport Junior Development program or get involved with other programs hosted by the GVVA.

PacificSport has developed a partnership with the Margaret Jenkins School cycling club. Each week, over 50 young athletes participate in the MJS Cycling program which runs for 12 weeks. Coaching is provided by PacificSport Bronze and Silver athletes under the direction of Dan Proulx. Lister Farrar is the coordinator for the program. The participants get exposure to all cycling disciplines - including MTB, Track, Road and BMX. This is the second year of operation for this program.

Students from St. Micheals University School recently took to the velodrome in Victoria for a tactics and training session in preparation for the Victoria High School series. 7 athletes and their teacher, Larry Borgesen, participated in a 2 hour session that included work on sprinting, group riding and racing skills. Planning is underway to include more High School teams in the programs running at the Juan De Fuca velodrome.

Cobble Hill School will be doing a bike rodeo on Tuesday, May 25th. A full day of classes will be dedicated to the kids learning more about the sport of cycling. Coaching will be provided by PacificSport athletes, Houshang Amiri (Level 4 NCCP) and Dan Proulx. 7 classes (30 students each) will be participating.

In total, over 300 young cyclists will participate in development programs supported by the PacificSport National Cycling Center. In the summer, even more young athletes will be added to new and existing programs. The Center is trying very hard to increase participation and exposure to cycling at the grass-roots level. Our future champions may find the sport of cycling at an earlier age through these development initiatives. By Dan Proulx, Junior Development Coach


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