Western Canada's premiere youth development cycling team!
The Victoria Academy of Cycling 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 and trails 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 20 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.
Victoria Academy of Cycling athletes have a proven record of getting results. This puts them on top of podiums and in the media, a great team to be associated with as a sponsor!
- Ø Highly successful young athletes
- Ø Healthy, fit
- Ø Motivated, goal driven
- Ø Good students
- Ø No drugs/alcohol
- Ø Model youth
- Ø Provincial and National Champions, future Canadian Olympians
A few of our riders who got their start in Cycling with the Victoria Academy of Cycling and are now racing professionally:
Ryan Anderson is presently based in Spain and racing for the Canadian Pro Continental Team SpiderTech pb C10. He is in his 4th professional season and wore the Climbers Jersey for 4 stages of the 2010 Tour of California. He was a Silver medallist, 2005 and 2009 Canadian National Road Championship, Canadian National Team member at Tour d' Abitibi and both MTB and Road World Championships. Ryan won the inaugural Sidney Twilight Criterium while racing for the Victoria Academy of Cycling in 2007.
Ryan has contributed many pieces of clothing and equipment to our young riders over the past few years and on the rare occasion when he is back in BC he will always make time to ride with the group.
Annie Ewart started with the Victoria Academy of Cycling at the age of 14 and was winning Provincial and National Championship medals by age 16. Annie is a Canadian National Champion and is presently in her first year racing for US based Optimum Health pb Kelly Benefits pro team.
Nic Hamilton is presently racing for the Continental Team Jelly Belly pb Kenda. Nic started racing with the Victoria Academy of Cycling in 2008 and quickly became one of Canada's Top riders winning a stage in the 2010 MT Hood Cycling Classic and narrowly missing the podium at the 2010 National Road Championships. He was also selected to race for Team Canada at the 2010 and 2011 Tour de Beauce. In 2012 he'll be racing the Tour of Taiwan and Tour of Korea with Team Jelly Belly.
Nic regularly gives back by riding with the Victoria Academy of Cycling riders when he is in town. He has also donated his old team equipment and helped raise money for the Academy through his winter Spin Classes.
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Victoria Academy of Cycling Head Coach
Victoria Academy of Cycling Director
Bill Fry, ProCity Racing