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Report by Chris Kiriakopoulos
Youth Mt. Bike Development Camp, June
The stage was set for a
great weekend. The Ontario Cycling
Association camp at Hardwood Hills included a coaching staff who led 4-5 hrs of
on bike sessions per day as well as workshops on mental preparation, bike
maintenance and strength/flexibility training. Meals
and one night accommodation was included for $45 per athlete. Individual athlete
fees for our HCC youth members were sponsored by the Hamilton CC and Hardwood
Hills accepted my offer to assist the coaching staff (waiving
accommodation/meals/trail pass costs). Thank you to the Harrington’s and
Hruska’s who drove us too and from the camp.
Bieri - strength training
a broken chain on the trail.
Harrington, Spencer Bierri
tool saves the day?
St.Pierre, Coach Jason Murray, Joe Hruska
Camp director Kevin Jones
welcomed us and the athletes were led through a ride around the instruction
area. Given a choice of three groups to ride with, Mike Hruska went to the
middle group while Spencer Bierri, Joe Hruska and Mike Harrington went with the
smaller third group (shown above). Yours
truly was assigned to assist with the middle group. First
we covered leading/following through technical single track and then technical
single track descending. I was
dispatched to escort a rider back to the Chalet / Pro Shop for mechanical
assistance whiles the rest went on to a new location.
I decided to wait for my group to return rather than ride back out.
Lunch and workshops followed. From
this point on I rode with Coach Jason and his group since three of our athletes
were with him. After dinner we were
introduced to Anne Peel, international Speed Walker who spoke on being an elite
athlete. Our accommodations and a
good nights rest were nearby. On day
two everyone was into a nice rhythm. Between
scheduled rides / meals / workshops, those who couldn’t stay off their bike
enjoyed the trials area with its suspended bridges / teeter totters, a quick run
through the BMX track or a daring descent down Hardwoods famed Bone Shaker. Some
even harnessed up and took on the rock climbing wall. In
the end though it was all about the bike.
HCC - Joe Hruska, Mike Hruska, Mike Harrington, Spenser Bierri, Coach
Note we would have liked to post the results from OCA web site but they are almost meaningless. No wonder there were delays getting results out! Be our guest http://www.ontariocycling.org/web_pages/sch_results.php
What a great time! O-Cup level course and competition. Our kids were a little intimidated by the "Pro" nature of the whole thing, but they maintained a competitive attitude, and improved their overall positions in the end.
They did a 9 km Mt. Bike TT, a team relay, and a 20 km (Girls, 10 km) Cross Country race. No one was last in the TT, we placed 11th of 14 in the Team Relay. In the XC, Joey and Michael finished together, each improving their TT result by one position. Gemma climbed a few places from her TT finish to claim 9th in the Girls XC. Sammy was tearing up the course when during his second lap he was stung by a bee. This sent him tumbling. He got going again, but three riders came by while he was down. Sammy gained nine positions in the XC results. Great experience. The kids loved it. Gemma has bought the bike Freewheel Cycle let her use, and we are planning to attend more races.
Thank you Randy and Martin for the jerseys. And thank you to the club for financially supporting this project. Attached are a couple of pictures.
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