June 11/10 18:34 pm - Canadian Cycling Association Hosts MTB Talent ID Camp
Posted by Editoress on 06/11/10
Hardwood Hills Ski and Bike played host to the first National Talent ID Day of 2010 following the third stop on the Canada Cup circuit. The program was lead by National Team Coach, Dan Proulx. Riders from the Canadian National Team also coached at this camp. A total of 10 athletes participated in the program.
Coach Dan started the day with an introduction to the National Junior program and discussed how the athletes can be involved with projects and camps throughout the year. Scott Kelly, National Team Mechanic, provided tips on pre-race bike set up. Mike Garrigan, Ontario Provincial MTB Coach and World Class starter, instructed the athletes on the subtleties of start technique. Andrew Watson (Norco Factory Team) took the team through a series of singletrack efficiency drills. Amanda Sin (3-Rox Racing) lead a discussion on goal setting and talked about the benefits of maintaining good grades while pursuing sport. The afternoon sessions included a climbing technique and pacing efficiency session lead by Derek Zandstra (3-Rox Racing) and a fun wind-up with a technical descent clinic on the Bone Shaker with Kyle Douglas (3-Rox Racing).
If you want to see some of the riders in action (especially 21:26 on video) go to this video link: www.vimeo.com/12488131
Special thanks to all of the National Team riders and coaches who volunteered their time for this important initiative. Thanks to Hardwood Hills Ski and Bike for hosting a great Canada Cup and Talent ID Day.
Cayley Brooks – Team Ontario/Hardwood
Samantha Wagler – Two Wheel Express
Hayley Smith - ThinkSL.com / Carson Electric
Mitch Bailey – Team Ontario
Evan McNeely - EMD Serono/Specialized CC
Steven Noble - Team Ontario/Jetpower
Brett Matthews - Jetpower/Team Ontario
Karl Hoppner - EMD Serono/Specialized CC
Etienne Moreau - Trek-Harwood Ski and Bike
Preston Wagler – 3-Rox Racing
Marc Antione Nadon – Team Ontario
Mike Garrigan – Team Ontario
Amanda Sin – 3-Rox Racing
Kyle Douglas – 3-Rox Racing
Derek Zandstra – 3-Rox Racing
Andrew Watson – Norco Factory Team
Scott Kelly – National Team Mechanic
Dan Proulx – National Team Coach
The Western Talent ID Day will be held in Edmonton on July 12, 2010 following the Canada Cup. If you are interested in attending, please contact your Provincial Team Coach.