“I am not getting any younger but I am getting faster and stronger, so Houshang must be doing something right.”
- Brian Cowie
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Congratulations to Ryder Hesjedal

July 26, 2010

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Houshang & Ryder discuss strategy for 2006 Canadian National Championships



Pacific Cycling Centre extends sincere congratulations to Ryder Hesjedal, who completed the Tour de France in an impressive 7th place overall standing. Hesjedal is an inspiration for Canadians, especially for youth who are interested in the sport of cycling.

In his hometown of Victoria, BC, Hesjedal started cycling through the Victoria High School league as a mountain bike athlete, and won a number of UCI mountain bike World Cups and had podium finishes at the UCI World Championships. During the 2004 Olympics, Hesjedal was riding for a podium finish when he suffered two flat tires.

“I had the privilege to work, assist, and support Ryder in his time trial training and preparation for Nationals and world championships when he switched from mountain biking to road racing,” says Houshang Amiri, Head Coach of Pacific Cycling Centre. “Ryder has always had such a strong work ethic, tremendous talent, and trained with intelligence and innovation, so I was not surprised to see him perform so well at the Tour.”

Hesjedal grew up training around Victoria, BC, which is known as a top cycling destination in Canada due to the region’s climate, terrain, mild temperatures year round and low rainfall.

The Centre looks forward to watching Hesjedal’s career progress in the future.


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