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Youth Cycling Programs Expanded at WestShore Velodrome

April 2, 2014, Victoria (BC) – A strong community partnership coupled with contributions from the who's who of Canadian cycling is resulting in 18 new pint-size track bikes to the WestShore Parks and Recreation Velodrome in time for the upcoming season.

Building on the success of the Greater Victoria Velodrome Association's (GVVA) growing cycling programs, some of which doubled in size in 2013, PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence) is once again providing $5000 needed to purchase the bikes and challenging the cycling community to match it.

Playing on the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Commonwealth Games, Kurt Innes, coach of the popular FastTrack youth program at the velodrome and Olympic cyclist and coach, has been successfully soliciting donations from international stars like Tanya Dubnicoff (1994 Commonwealth Gold) and Curt Harnett (1994 Commonwealth Silver),  riders who have put Canada on the map in track cycling. And with taxable donation status, it's anticipated more track alumni will contribute to help U11 kids enjoy cycling in a safe, learning environment.

"Last year our youth program doubled, from 25 to 50 riders, thanks in part to the 20 bikes we were able to provide," said Brian Belcher, President of the GVVA. "With our FastTrack youth program continuing to attract riders and with these new small bikes, we know we'll see more kids out experiencing the fun of track cycling. Thanks to the ongoing support of PISE and the Westshore Parks and Recreation, it's going to be another banner year for sport development at the velodrome."

The two different sizes of new bikes will arrive in time for the start of the 2014 School Bike League. Open to any local youth in Grades 6 to 12, the league is sanctioned by Lower Island School Sports for School Districts 61, 62 and 63 and kicks off with BikeJam on Tuesday, April 8 at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre. The full-day event will be led by top level coaches including Olympians Innes and Erinne Willock who will introduce participants to the cycling disciplines of track, road, mountain bike, BMX, cyclocross, dual slalom, and jumping. (more info at www.schoolbikeleague.com)

“PISE is once again very pleased to offer this support to the cycling community to enhance the track experience for existing cyclists and provide even more opportunities for youth to try a wonderful, healthy activity,”  said PISE CEO Robert Bettauer. “We are also happy to celebrate a continued community partnership between the GVVA and the WestShore Parks and Recreation.”

For more information, contact:

PISE: Robert Bettauer, CEO, 250 220 2512

GVVA: Brian Belcher, President 250 298 9055, Larry Reynolds, Vice President, 250 941 3072

The School Bike League: Commissioner Eric Simonson mobile 250 812 5762


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