March 2019 - Tripleshot Youth Cycling
For the month of March, we chose to support Tripleshot youth cycling. A group located in our hometown of Victoria BC. This successful youth program continues to develop riders with an emphasis on a cohesive training group and team racing tactics.
Certified coaches offer five to seven sessions per week, year round, using a multidiscipline approach, with four seasons, switching from gym and mountain bike, to road, to track to cyclocross, meeting the recommendations of Cycling Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model. This seasonal approach keeps cycling fresh, and allows more training without burnout, and helps meet kids’ social and athletic needs. It accommodates riders who do other sports. Coached by Tripleshot Head Coach and youth coaches, it offers progression through skill development, entry-level competition, to high performance training plans and preparation for provincial and national selection events.
The races are an integrated part of the program, once riders are comfortable with their skills. A roster of male and female riders form U13-U23 will attend up to 20 races per year, receive travel assistance and race support. With an average roster of 25 riders in these age groups, the 2017 youth team celebrated its seventh year by bringing home 50+ provincial championships titles, 10+ national championships titles and four Canadian records. Cycling BC has recognized Head Coach Lister Farrar as the 2017 and 2016 Cycling BC Coach of the Year and the 2015 Cycling BC Youth Coach of the Year; he is assisted by Bryson Bowers, Matt Patriquin, Brenna Pauly, Nick Friesen and Nick Patenaude. Youth members contribute to the community by coaching young riders in the Greater Victoria School Bike League and Margaret Jenkins Elementary School Bike Club (~80 riders).