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Victoria Academy of Cycling

Presented by Pro City Racing

Western Canada's premiere youth development cycling team!

The Victoria Academy of Cycling-Pro City Racing is BC's only youth specific Cycling Team providing a fun and safe environment for young riders to get into the sport of cycling and start bike racing. The Victoria Academy of Cycling runs multiple coach lead group rides every week where young riders are taught how to ride safely on the roads while developing their race specific cycling skills and fitness. As athletes develop they are introduced to a variety of cycling events and competitions where they can chose their favourites and train specifically for the events they enjoy. Many of our riders have gone on to compete at and win Provincial and National Championship races and a few have even made it on to Professional Teams.

 

Programs are available for riders 10-18 years old; all designed and supervised by one of Canada's top cycling coaches, Steve Lund. Steve has extensive experience coaching both developing athletes and champions such as Olympic Triathlon Gold Medallist, Simon Whitfield and Canadian Olympian Gina Grain. Steve graduated from the University of Victoria's National Coaching Institute in 1998, he is a Level 4 certified coach and NCCP Master Course Conductor with over 25 years experience in cycling.

 

We provide a step by step development pathway for aspiring young athletes, our riders consistently make it on to the Cycling BC Provincial Team, the Canadian National Team - and ultimately on to professional cycling teams. The Victoria Academy of Cycling travels as a team to 6-8 Provincial level races each season where we can fully support and coach our riders in these important competitions. Over the past several years Victoria Academy of Cycling riders have consistently made up the majority of the BC Provincial Road Team and have done very well at National and World Championships.

 

For new riders the Victoria Academy of Cycling Devo offers group training sessions that are designed specifically to foster the physical, technical and tactical cycling development of young bike racers. Group training riders are performed in age and ability specific groups to encourage and develop teamwork and group dynamics. The Victoria Academy of Cycling runs 3-5 training sessions and rides every week, always lead by experienced coaches. All athletes receive assistance in planning their race schedule to meet their goals and match their level of development. The long-term development of each athlete is of the utmost importance. Long term goals and best performances will always be stressed over short-term results.

 


 

The Victoria Academy of Cycling has a proven record of helping young athletes achieve their goals!   Over the past 10 years, we turned athletes with no race experience into winning racers, competing for Team Canada at both Mountain Bike and Road World Championships.

Jeff at MTB Nationals

Past Champions - TeenSpeed notable results to date:
  • Fraser Hayes, 2005 BC Junior Road Race Champion, 2 time Team BC Member at
    Tour d' Abitibi
  • Sandra Walter, youngest ever Canada Cup Overall Women's XC Champion, 2003,
    currently rides for Swiss based XO-Felt Pro MTB Team
  • Ryan Anderson, Silver medalist, 2005 Canadian National Road Championship, Canadian
    National Team member at Tour d' Abitibi and MTB World Championships
  • Emily Sandwith, 2 Time Canadian National Road Championship medalist, Canadian
    National Team member at 2003 Road World Championships
  • Matt Savage, 2004 BC Cup overall MTB Champion, 2003 National MTB Championship
    medalist, 2006 BC Junior Road Race silver medalist.
  • Jeff Clarkson, 3 rd 2006 Junior National MTB Championships, 2006 BC Cup overall
    Junior MTB Champion
  • Evan Flater, 2006 BC U-17 Criterium Champion and Road Race silver medalist
  • Erica Drew, 6th, 2000 UCI World MTB Championships, National Championship medalist
    in Road, Track and Mountain Bike Races, 1999 -2001
  • Carrie Tuck, 3 times top 10 at UCI Junior World MTB Championships, two times
    Junior Canadian National Mountain Bike Champion
Victoria Academy of Cycling Program Outline
  • Athletes are properly fitted to their bikes, with ongoing position monitoring and adjustment
    (to limit injury potential as the athlete grows)
  • Group and individual training programs provided (to include monthly and specific weekly
    plans with precise daily workouts), with constant supervision
  • Testing, 2-3   Power output/HR Computrainer Tests per year
  • Unlimited coaching, physiological, nutritional, mental preparation, technical, tactical and mechanical advice from the ICC Team of Experts
  • Weekly group training rides with coach and pro riders to improve both skill and fitness.
    2-5 specific monitored training sessions per week through most of the year, plus support
    with coaches at local races
  • Proper cycling technique, etiquette, and overall personal health will be stressed at all times
  • Cross training activities in the off season will be encouraged and supported
  • Many racing opportunities with coaching support and financial
  • Cool Team clothing and many other sponsor benefits
  • Victoria Academy of Cycling encourages teens to have fun, to be active, to develop challenging goals and to be successful
  • Victoria Academy of Cycling upholds the highest standards of fair play, sportsmanship and equality
    in everything they do
  • VAC teaches teens about responsibility for themselves, their teammates, their coaches, their families and their sponsors
  • VAC helps teens succeed in sport and in life
  • VAC mentors teens in life skills and how to deal with success (and failure) in positive ways
Testimonials
“I love riding with the TeenSpeed gang, it's a ton of fun and it's great to see how fast all the kids are getting!” Gina Grain, 2006 World Track Championships Silver Medalist, 5 time Canadian National Champion, Colavita Women's Pro Cycling Team, TeenSpeed Guest Coach

“Steve, as I do a little reflecting while preparing Kirsten to head off to World Championships, I can't help but think of what a profound effect you have had on her performance. People always used to say "wait until she learns to cycle", or "wait until she develops some strength to ride the bike" etc. Well ever since you set her up she has become so strong on the bike, that now everyone talks about how she is able to control a race with her strength on the bike. At the U.S. Nationals they had a 1.5 km hill "Alabama Hill" which was an awesome climb. The women started 2 minutes back of the men, by lap 2 Kirsten was already biking past men on the U.S. National team!!
I just wanted to ensure you were aware of the difference you have made, and thank you so much for your expertise!!!!”
Rob Sweetland, father of 2006 Triathlon Junior World Champion Kirsten Sweetland

BC Cup Podium
Sydney Crit
 1 - 2 - 3 - Podium for Teen Speed
Young Talent
Crit Win

For more information and registration details Contact Steve Lund
Victoria Academy of Cycling
Director /Head Coach
250-883-1949
coach1@internationalcyclingcoaches.com

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