“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.”
- Svein Tuft
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PCC Coach Leads Training Camps

July 29, 2015

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Whitehorse Camp in Yukon



PCC Head Coach, Houshang Amiri traveled to the Yukon and Saskatchewan this month to lead training camps for developing road and mountain bike cyclists.

The Yukon camp, held in Whitehorse, focused on skill development for both disciplines with class and information sessions held at the end of each day. On Canada Day, Amiri held a MTB training session in the morning followed by pace line and ITT on the road. The day wrapped up with a Canada Day BBQ. The camp ended with a two-day stage race in Haines Junction on the Alaska Highway: “this is the best place in the country to have a bike race,” Amiri said.

The week-long training camp in Saskatoon consisted of MAP and Vo2 max testing at the University of Saskatchewan, followed by data analysis on each rider. MTB and road skill sessions were held with Amiri conducting training presentations on such topics as riding economy, nutrition and warming up and cooling down strategies. The camp also included a MTB race and a 100 km road ride. He was also able to visit a local BMX club and was impressed by the talent he saw, many of whom could reach provincial standard in 2016.

“The camp was a success and I am happy with how everything went. This was a very positive step going forward, and riders and parents were very appreciative of CSA to host a camp of this caliber,” Amiri said. “Based on what I saw there are a good group of young riders I will rank as LTAD stages “Train to Train and Learn to Compete” who are interested in cycling. There was also a small group of riders in “Train to Compete and Learn to Win” stages of LTAD capable of performing at National level and making the National team. The challenge is now how to keep them within cycling and not to lose them to other sports.”

He added: “The goal for me and PCC is to work with different provinces and help develop the amazing talent we have in the nation. I want like to thank the Yukon and Saskatchewan sport organizations for providing me with the opportunity to work and assist with their future champions and coaches.”

 


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