Cycling BC Winter Training Camp with Coach Evan

With the 2020 bike racing season fast-approaching and the BC interior region still blanketed with snow, Cycling BC mountain bike coach, Evan Guthrie, organized a winter training camp for athletes in preparation for the year ahead. Athletes from Cycling BC’s high performance program were given the opportunity to do some cross-training activities mixed in with some bike-specific workouts.

Day one of the two-day training camp started with a yoga class taught by yoga teacher Brittany Webster. The athletes worked on their flexibility and tried out some poses that were most conducive for cycling. With their bodies warmed up and feeling loose, coach Evan and the athletes headed to the local cross-country ski club – Telemark Nordic Club – for a skate ski lesson. Brittany, who led the athletes through their yoga session, also ran the skate ski lesson as she is not only a yoga teacher but also a two-time Canadian Olympian in cross-country skiing. After the lesson, coach Evan took the athletes out on the trails to put their new skills to the test.

Cycling BC athletes cross-training skate ski lesson

On the second day, the athletes met in West Kelowna at the Johnson Bentley Recreation Centre for a spin class led by coach Evan. The riders set up their trainers and began a two-hour spin session with intervals. Following the workout, riders went through a foam-rolling recovery session before heading home. After a weekend of hard work, learning new training techniques, and a lot of fun, these athletes are on their way to having a great riding season.

This was the first training camp of the year for athletes in the interior. Riders interested in attending a training camp weekend in March 2020 are asked to contact coach Evan at


Evan Guthrie is a cross-country and enduro mountain bike racer from Peachland, BC. Evan’s connection to Cycling BC goes back to the 2006 MTB National Championships, which marked Evan’s first Provincial Team Project. Evan knows first-hand what it takes to succeed on the international stage having moved through the ranks and winning a Junior World Cup and a World Championship team relay medal in 2009. Evan is NCCP certified and coaches athletes at the national and international level.

“My passion lies in cycling and creating opportunities for youth, to give them similar or better opportunities than I had growing up”.

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BC’s Big Impact on National Teams

Team Canada, photo by Rob Jones

Cycling Canada finished the 2019-2020 Track Cycling World Cup season with strong performances at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup #6 in Milton, Ontario from January 24th to 26th, 2020. The Canadian athletes selected to race at the Milton World Cup included a roster of Olympic level veterans and a group of talented developing riders, many of whom are from BC.

Team Canada

  • Hugo Barrette – Sprint
  • Lauriane Genest – Sprint
  • Kelsey Mitchell – Sprint
  • Stephanie Roorda* – Women’s Track Endurance
  • Miriam Brouwer – Women’s Track Endurance
  • Devaney Collier – Women’s Track Endurance
  • Erin Attwell* – Women’s Track Endurance
  • Kinley Gibson – Women’s Track Endurance
  • Evan Burtnik – Men’s Track Endurance
  • Chris Ernst – Men’s Track Endurance
  • Amiel Flett-Brown* – Men’s Track Endurance
  • Jackson Kinniburgh – Men’s Track Endurance
  • Ethan Ogrodniczuk* – Men’s Track Endurance
  • Sean Richardson* – Men’s Track Endurance
  • Riley Pickrell* – Men’s Track Endurance

* BC Riders.

Team Canada’s Coach Laura Brown, photy by Rob Jones

The Canadian Men’s Track Endurance selection consisted of a greater part of BC riders including Vancouverites Amiel Flett-Brown, Ethan Ogrodniczuk, and Sean Richardson. This was Richardson’s first track world cup event as a first-year Elite and a first for Flett-Brown on a national team project. With guidance from BC coach and former track cycling Olympian, Laura Brown, the Men’s Team Pursuit squad finished in a blazing 4:00 for the bronze medal win over Belarus. Victoria’s Riley Pickrell was also named to the team and rode the Madison with Calgary’s Jackson Kinniburgh.

On the women’s side, Victoria’s Erin Attwell helped the Women’s Team Pursuit squad win a bronze medal and set a new Cycling Canada NextGen development team record. Veteran rider Steph Roorda of Vancouver was also part of the Canadian team in Milton.

Endurance Women, photo by Rob Jones

The Canadian team finished the Milton World Cup in fifth place on the nation standings and tied for third in the medal count. The impact that BC’s riders are having on the national programs is a testament to all the athletes’ hard work, dedication and the ongoing development support from their clubs/teams, coaches, parents, and provincial high performance programs.

The Milton World Cup was the last stop for the Canadian team before the UCI Track Cycling World Championships taking place in Berlin, Germany from February 26th to March 1st, followed by the 2020 Olympic Games this summer.

A selection of Cycling BC provincial team athletes will be headed to the Canadian National Track Cycling Championships for U17, Junior, and Para cyclists in Milton, Ontario on April 3rd to April 5th, 2020. Cycling BC is hosting preparation camps led by Laura Brown at the Burnaby Velodrome on March 5-6 and March 26-27 for any U17 and U19 riders getting ready for nationals.

Visit the Cycling BC High Performance webpage for more information on development programs and the pathway from Provincial Development to the Canadian/National Team.

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Sport BC Announces 54th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards’ Finalists

Sport BC announces the finalists to be celebrated at the upcoming 54th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards taking place on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the Vancouver Convention Centre East. The event, to be hosted by CBC’s Scott Russell, recognizes the province’s best in amateur sport including athletes, coaches, teams, and officials for outstanding performances in their sport over the 2019 season.  Each finalist was nominated by their Provincial or Multi-Sport Organization, High School, College, or University. The Selection Committee, led by long-serving Chair Bernie Pascall, included a diverse group of highly experienced British Columbia sport leaders and media members.

“The Athlete of the Year Awards is a true celebration of sport in our province, these finalists represent an exceptional 2019 in BC sport. We congratulate all of our finalists and the organizations they represent”, shares Sport BC’s President and CEO, Rob Newman. “The 2019 finalists represent 20 sports from 24 different communities demonstrating the collective strength of our province’s sport sector.”

An additional six awards will be presented at the ceremony including the Best of BC, KidSport BC Community Champion, Harry Jerome Comeback, Daryl Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award and In Her Footsteps Honourees.

Athlete with a Disability
Logan Leach (Lumby) Adaptive Snowsports
Nathan Reich (Victoria) Athletics
Thomas Venos (Anmore) Wheelchair Tennis

College Athlete of the Year
Rachel Beauchamp (Douglas) – Basketball
Reid Marriott (Douglas) – Volleyball
Karoline Tormena (VIU) – Volleyball

Female Coach of the Year
Lynn Kanuka (Surrey) – Athletics
Christine Wong (Vancouver) – Golf
Katie Yuris (Trail) – Hockey

Male Coach of the Year
Chris Macdonald (Vancouver) – Golf
Adam Maglio (Nelson) – Hockey
Doug Reimer (Vancouver) – Volleyball

High School Female Athlete of the Year
Madelyn Hettinga (Kelowna) – Multi-Sport
Deja Lee (Semiahmoo) – Basketball
Jasneet Nijjar (Queen Elizabeth) – Athletics

High School Male Athlete of the Year
Diego Maffia (Oak Bay) – Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball
Uyi Ologhola (Holy Cross) – Football
Demetri Patterson (Rockridge) Football

Junior Female Athlete of the Year
Emilly Johnston (Comox) – Cycling
Camryn Rogers (Richmond) – Athletics
Wendy Zhang (Richmond) – Badminton

Junior Male Athlete of the Year
Fernando Aguilera (West Vancouver) – Karate
Aiden Longcroft-Harris (Victoria) – Triathlon
Carter Woods (Cumberland) – Cycling 

Senior Female Athlete of the Year
Rachel Cliff (Vancouver) – Athletics
Sara Groenewegen (White Rock) – Softball
Kristen Tsai (Vancouver) – Badminton

Senior Male Athlete of the Year
Evan Dunfee (Richmond) – Athletics
Brian Maxwell (Burnaby) – Archery
Scott Tupper (Vancouver) – Field Hockey

University Athlete of the Year
Anna Mollenhauer (UVIC) – Field Hockey
Markus Thormeyer (UBC) – Swim
Kiera Van Ryk (UBC) – Volleyball

Team of the Year
Team BC Women (Victoria) – Hockey
UBC Women (Vancouver) – Volleyball
VIU Mariners Women (Nanaimo) – Volleyball

Master Athlete of the Year
Myrtle Action (Cranbrook) – Athletics
Keith Evans (Sydney) – Triathlon
Cathy Zeglinski (Whistler) – Mountain Biking

Official of the Year
Ulf Schuetze (Victoria) – Triathlon
Jeff Thomson (Vancouver) – Gymnastics
Trevor Walmsley (Vancouver) – Karate

Tickets for the Athlete of the Year Awards are available now – simply click here

About Sport BC

Sport BC believes in the power of sport and is committed to building stronger communities through positive sport experiences. Our goal is to enhance and support sport participation in British Columbia ensuring everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Through our KidSport BC, BC Amateur Sport Fund, and ProMOTION Plus along with our services Sport BC Insurance, and Payroll and Group Benefits; Sport BC supports our sixty plus member organizations. Keep up to date @SportBC

Media Contact
Allison Mailer
Sport BC, Communication Manager

Athlete of the Year Awards
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Vancouver Convention Centre
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Performance, Injury Prevention, and Connections are Key Components of the 2020 Performance Summit

The 2020 Performance Summit presented by Cycling BC, BC Athletics, and the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific is designed to educate and empower athletes, along with parents and coaches, with strategies to improve sport performance and the overall sports experience.

Bringing together experts in sports psychology, human performance, nutrition, strength & conditioning, physical therapy, and injury prevention, the Performance Summit will be a full day of concurrent sessions that are targeted for athletes, coaches, and parents. Lunch will be provided to participants registered for the full day.

Conference Group Photo
2018 Cycling BC Coach & Athlete Conference at Fortius – Photo by TLBVelo Photography


“Cycling BC is very excited to be working with BC Athletics and the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific to deliver the Performance Summit in 2020,” said Ben Chaddock, Cycling BC’s iRide Manager and NCCP Liason. “The collaboration with the other sporting bodies keeps things interesting and, naturally, our athletes share a common interest in the topics that are being presented such as nutrition and injury prevention, among other things.”

2019 High Performance Summit Athlete Panel – Photo by TLBVelo Photography


The Performance Summit will also include an interactive panel discussion featuring athlete representatives from both Cycling BC and BC Athletics. If previous year’s panels are any indication, the session is bound to incite tremendous inspiration, as athletes share their stories of hardships and triumphs that they have experienced throughout their careers.

One of the speakers new to the Summit this year is Mike Shaw, a national-level Freestyle ski coach and co-founder of HeadStartPro, a coach and athlete education service provider that delivers online courses and in-person training for performance and injury prevention. The title of Mike’s presentation is called Performance-Driven Injury Prevention.


“Performance and injury-prevention rarely get talked about in the same sentence. However, enhancing focus, awareness, and mindfulness directly impacts performance and reduces injuries, but how do we connect the dots?” said Shaw.

Shaw will connect the dots at the Performance Summit and he is also offering a 25% discount on all HeadStartPro Coach and Athlete online courses to those attending. A discount code will be sent out to all those who register.


The benefits of attending the 2020 Performance Summit extend beyond the classroom. Sure, athletes and coaches will learn a lot about their special interest topics but they also get an opportunity to make connections with other like-minded athletes and coaches from all over the province. The collaboration with BC Athletics and Canadian Sport Institute Pacific makes this networking opportunity even more expansive than in previous years.

For more information about the Performance Summit, schedules, and to register, please go to



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2020 Provincial Team Applications Open Until January 14th

Being selected as a targeted athlete on the Cycling BC High Performance Provincial Team doesn’t just mean you get to wear the Cycling BC team kit at races; it also means you are representing the highest standard for youth cyclists in the province.

Athletes interested in applying for selection to the 2020 Provincial Team must satisfy a set of criteria set forth by Cycling BC and the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (CSI Pacific).

Applications must be submitted online by January 14, 2020.

Kieran Nilsen and Cody Scott at the 2019 Canadian National XC Championships. Photo by Rob Jones.


Ben Katerberg and Alex Amiri (Cycling B.C. ) at the Tour de Beauce 2019. Photo by Rob Jones


One of the objectives behind Cycling BC’s High Performance Provincial Team is to deliver enhanced services and programs for athletes and coaches, helping to get more BC athletes progressing to higher levels of the sport, including transferring on to the Canadian National team.

Cycling BC High Performance athletes, Sarah Van Dam (left) and Elle Bush (right), with Magdeleine Vallieres Mill (centre) at the Canadian Road National Championships 2019. Photo by Rob Jones.


Candidates selected for the Provincial team will take part in training camps with Cycling BC regional coaches and on special occasions with Cycling Canada’s national level coaches. Coaching plays a significant part in the Provincial team experience as coaches, designated by discipline and region, work with Cycling BC’s High Performance Manager to develop the team’s training plan for the season. Cycling BC coaches are NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) Level II certified or Competition Development trained, or higher. Cycling BC is also committed to the Coaching Association of Canada’s Responsible Coaching Movement which implements policies and processes to make sport safer for all.

Cycling BC BMX Coach, Mischa Partridge (Right) and a BMX development team rider at the track.


Provincial team athletes also get to travel with the team on competition projects that give them exposure to invaluable racing experiences and help them to develop important life skills such as time-management, meal planning and preparation, and other personal management tools that help build their confidence as young adults. In addition to training and racing, being on the Provincial team provides an opportunity to build strong social connections and, for some, friendships that can last a lifetime.

Cycling BC’s High Performance Manager, Tara Mowat (far right), and MTB Coach, Joel Harwood (centre), lead the MTB team during a stretching session at the 2019 Mont Sainte Anne MTB World Championships project. Photo by AJ Barlas


“Tara has planned all the camps and projects and has helped so much in getting us to races around the world,” says Lief Rodgers a junior rider from Port Moody, BC who was on the Mountain Bike XC team in 2019. “Mike Charuk has coached me mentally and physically for the past couple of years while Joel Harwood has helped a lot with bike skills. Making it on to the national team and travelling to Europe to race is my goal for next season as a first year junior in XC.”

Tara Mowat is Cycling BC’s High Performance Program Manager and is always looking for ways to support athlete and coach development by providing opportunities for them to get to the next level. “We have some exciting team projects lined up this season that will give our athletes a good shot at being identified as potential national level riders,” says Mowat. “We have learned a lot over the years in building this program. Providing athletes with opportunities to participate in projects teaches them things they can’t get from a book, classroom, video, or any other way.”

Team BC, Photo by Rob Jones
Riley Pickrell (Cycling BC, Junior Men. Photo

View a list of team projects and training camps for the 2020 season.

Some of the other enhanced services and programs for Provincial team members include free access to fitness/training facilities, access to grants through the Athlete Assistance Program (AAP), discounts on food & nutritional supplements, and sport education events such as the Cycling BC Performance Summit.  As an additional new perk in 2020, Provincial team members will also receive preferred rates on Full Body Motion Assessments at Yana Motion Lab.

Students participating in Cycling BC’s High Performance programs can also earn external credits towards graduation through the Province of BC’s External Sport Credentials Program. This gives Cycling BC athletes the flexibility to train and participate in projects while fulfilling their academic requirements.

Applications for the 2020 Cycling BC Provincial Team are open until Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Applicants must be current Cycling BC members in order to apply.

Provincial Team Athlete Criteria (PDF)

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