(ISN) – Victoria, BC – A local youth cycling team, an offshoot of the 170-member Tripleshot Cycling Club that sees riders of all ages train early morning throughout the week, is being recognized for its participation numbers, performance and podiums in road, track and cyclocross races.
Most recently, 35 of the club’s riders faced the challenging Cyclocross Provincial Championships in Nanaimo, the largest showing of any club in BC. Podium performances included Dylan Reeve who was second behind Ironman Champion Peter Reid in the men’s 45+ category, Michelle Dann second in the women’s 45+, Erin Attwell 2nd in U17 girls, Sarah Van Dam and Casey Garrison 1-2 in the girls U15, Riley Pickrell 2nd in the boys U15 and Griffin Hart, second in the boys U13 race. For many of those who competed, some parents of the junior racers, this is their first season in cyclcocross, where riders race on a course that twists and turns through trails, up and down grassy knolls and through sand pits.
Recently voted the “Club with the Best Youth Development Focus”, by Cycling BC in 2014, Tripleshot’s 21 youth riders range in age from 10 – 19, and race the road, track and cyclocross events under the leadership of club coach Lister Farrar, a veteran cyclist who has coached young cyclists in St. Catharines, Hamilton, Ottawa and Victoria. Farrar was named Cycling BC’s Youth Coach of the Year for 2014.
Van Dam, Pickrell and Attwell are three youngsters to watch after their provincial successes this year: Van Dam for her hat trick of victories in Road, Track and Cyclocross; Pickrell for his Track title, 2nd place in Cyclocross and 4th place in Road, the latter just weeks after he started cycling after being on a sailboat for 16 months; and newcomer Attwell for her 2nd place finishes in Cyclocross and Track, and for being named to represent Team BC at the 2014 National Junior Track ChampionshipsNov 21-22 in Burnaby.
Heading to the elite level is U23 rider Jay Lamoureux, who started riding with the youth team as a member of the Oak Bay Secondary School team. Jay recently accepted an offer from TREK Red Truck team; he capped a stellar breakout season with a third place at the 2014 National Championships and placed sixth at the 2014 Provincial Track Championships. Jay joins other Tripleshot alumni Adam de Vos (Team H&R Block) and Anika Todd (Team Tibco) in the elite team ranks. The club also hosted several women’s clinics this past spring/summer, adding additional sessions in response to an overwhelming demand. For more information on the club, visit www.tripleshotcycling.com <http://www.tripleshotcycling.com>or check us out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tripleshot-Cycling-Club/141563592522615?fref=phot