ISN – (Victoria, BC – Pacific Cycling Centre is proud to announce that new applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 Development Program. The 2013 – 2014 program was a great success, resulting in PCC achieving podium performances throughout 2014 season.
The 2014-2015 Program will identify a group of athletes who have the potential to progress to elite status, and compete in World Cups, World Championships and Olympic Games in the next two quadrennials. Men and women in U17 – U19 categories will be identified, as will those in U23, with the objective to channel athletes into national team programs and to maintain a permanent, high-performance training group of national team and pre-national team athletes at the Pacific Cycling Centre, with the appropriate coaching and support system.
The athletes training will be based on the Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) model at the Learn-to-Train, Train-to-Train and Train-to-Compete levels. Athletes from road, track and mountain bike will be accepted into the program, and will have access to the highest quality professional coaching and training in a peer group setting, training camps, regular physiological testing, mentorship opportunities with Olympians and for those showing particular talent, support at race competitions.
“Having a full development program that includes coaching, racing, and equipment creates a very exciting opportunity for Canadian cyclists,” says PCC Head Coach, Houshang Amiri. “In past few years most of sport funding has gone to the top elite level. We were desperate to have a program like this to support future Canadian champions systemically and continuously based on the LTAD model.”
PCC will kick start the 2015 season with supervised training sessions, every Saturday andSunday, starting Saturday November 1. Group rides are coached sessions with the aim to develop and improve technical riding such as pace line, climbing, team and individual time trailing and sprinting, while also working on endurance and boosting aerobic capacity.
PCC’s weekly indoor dynamic strength gym sessions start on Friday November 7 with a focus on full body flexibility, core strength and stability, and dynamic strength. The sessions will progress to developing power and anaerobic capacity.
Deadline to apply for the program is November 3, 2014. Interested athletes can send a race CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
PCC also runs a number of camps (road and track) during the off-season: visitwww.pacificcyclingcentre.ca for camp details and to register.
In addition to the road camps PCC also runs a number of mini track camps in preparation for U17-19 Track National Championship to be held in Burnaby, BC from November 21 – 23. These camps are open to PCC registered riders and by invitation for non-PCC riders.
During fall and winter all PCC riders are eligible for full assessment and testing, including body composition, functional movement assessment specific for cycling, lactate profiling, maximum Aerobic Power and MLSS, and Wingate testing, as well as on bike assessment – riding economy, pedal stroke analysis and dynamic bike positioning.