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PCC Athletes at Burnaby Track Camp

January 10, 2018

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Pacific Cycling Centre held a very successful track training camp at Burnaby Velodrome during the first week of January 2018. This was the third camp of the 2017-18 season. The camp was planned after eight weeks of Base Endurance training, where most Victoria riders covered between 2,500-3,000km during November and December. This was followed by a week of active recovery.

The athletes from Victoria traveled to Vancouver on January 1, where they met two more PCC athletes from Saskatchewan. During this 4-day camp there were two sessions per day, each session about 3-3.5 hours hosted by the Burnaby Velodrome club.

While the general focus of the camp was on building speed and power, there was a significant amount of work on refining each rider’s technical skills on the track. Using power metres each athlete’s riding economy was assessed and any necessary changes were applied over the four days of training. On the first day there were some workouts to set benchmarks, in doing so it gave head coach Houshang Amiri an idea of each rider’s ability. “From there I came up with personalized plans adapting to each individual’s needs,” he said.

“This was first time in many months where most of the riders had the chance to ride the track, and I wanted to make sure we got the best out of our time, especially for the two riders from out of the province,” said Amiri. “I am happy how each athlete rode over the 4-day camp and how open they were to challenging workouts. It is great to see each rider’s significant improvement so early in the season as everyone achieved new personal bests.”

PCC riders valued the camp.

“The Burnaby Track Camp was a great start to 2018. It allowed us to have fun and an overall understanding of where our strengths and weaknesses are on the track, in order to work at them for the season ahead,” said Alexandra Bovell.

“The camp was an excellent experience. It gave me a much needed opportunity to brush up on track skills and prepare for my track season. It also allowed me to see my improvement over the past year firsthand. Thanks to Houshang’s expert coaching and the opportunity the camp provided, I’m feeling prepared to take on the track season,” said Caleb Bender.

“My experience from the camp was invaluable. Not only did I gain confidence, I realized that I am ready for any challenge that may lie ahead.  I also learned so much from watching and listening to the others through their motivation, dedication and talent.  Of course none of this would be possible if it were not for the guidance and persistence of Houshang. Although, I must admit that one of best moments was when he took us to the "Bakery".....  This week was one that I will never forget,” said Renate Walton.

"The track camp was a blast, from the high speed efforts on the track, to laughs we shared at the house. Overall I feel much stronger and believe I have become a much better track rider coming out of the camp. Learning the lines and how to handle the track bike at high speeds is key if you want to want to go far in the discipline. The camaraderie between all the athletes and coach made for a highly enjoyable camp and I'm already looking forward to the next one," Erik Diertens.

Pacific Cycling Centre (PCC) is an independent company in Western Canada, who’s head office is based in Victoria BC. PCC provides local and online coaching services, high performance programs and fitness consultations. PCC is driven by one guiding principle: personalized coaching in which the athlete comes first. Over many decades PCC has consistently developed upcoming generations of riders achieving National standards through experienced coaching at the Olympic Games and World Championships. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. Head Coach Houshang Amiri has over 40 years’ experience helping athletes both locally and at a distance to achieve their goals.

PCC’s next camp in Victoria is from February 8 – 11. Information and registration details are at:

http://www.pacificcyclingcentre.ca/camps/default.html


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