WCC Coach Development Programme: applications open for 2014
The World Cycling Centre has restructured its Coach Development Programme (CDP), dividing the former eight-week course into two shorter modules: four weeks to obtain the Level 1 and Level 2 coaching certificates and a separate four-week course for the more advanced UCI Coaching Diploma.
“The shorter courses will be more accessible,” explains WCC Education and Training Coordinator Belinda Tarling. “After the success of our four-week Level 1 and 2 course for women last year, we have decided to apply the same formula for all our courses in 2014. It will give participants a better learning experience and provide an improved development pathway.”
Four of the women who completed the first exclusively women’s coaching course last year are planning to return to the WCC in May for the Diploma Course. Meanwhile, a graduate of the 2013 Diploma course will arrive at the centre in March as part of the WCC‘s three-month internship programme.
Belinda Tarling: “raising the standard of coaching worldwide”
“These are fantastic examples of how coaches can progress through the different levels and benefit from the expertise provided at the World Cycling Centre,” adds Belinda Tarling. “With more and more coaches obtaining our qualifications we are raising the standard of coaching, and consequently cycling, worldwide.”
The 2014 CDP gets under way with a Diploma Course for road and mountain bike from May 6th to June 1st. Some places are still available for this course, which is open to holders of the Level 1 and 2 certificates or an equivalent qualification. A second Diploma Course, for the track and BMX disciplines, will be held in September.
Another exclusively women’s course (Level 1 and 2) will be held in August, followed by a Level 1 and 2 course open to men and women in November. All courses will be delivered in English, with a Spanish option also available for those aiming for the track and BMX Diploma in September.
Theory and practical experience
Participants benefit from a mixture of theory sessions in the classroom and practical experience alongside the professional coaching staff at the World Cycling Centre.
In addition three-month coaching internships are organised for road, BMX and track. The first internships for each of these disciplines have been filled, and applications are open for second internships for each discipline later in the year. More information about internships is available on the UCI website.
Taking place over the weekend of May 31st, the race will span two days and be divided into two categories – Enduro 1 and Enduro 2. Riders entering into the Enduro 1 category will face strict liaison times that are designed to test the best racers. Those entering the Enduro 2 category will have a little more margin for transitions, but will still face a tough two day schedule of racing on some of the UK’s finest enduro trails.
There’s plenty to offer non-racers too, with a huge mountain bike expo taking place in the centre of Peebles on the banks of the River Tweed. Entry to the expo is completely free and will feature some of the world’s biggest mountain bike brands, as well as food, entertainment and the chance to spot some of the sport’s biggest names. There are also hundreds of miles of top quality trails to explore on your bike – how else are you going to bag the best spectator spots for what is bound to be an incredible race?
Entries for the Santa Cruz TweedLove World Enduro presented by Sweet Protection open at 1700 GMT on Wednesday, February 19 through www.enduroworldseries.com. For more information about TweedLove festival visit www.tweedlove.com
Despite the recent news Szymon Godziek was signing with Bergamont, the rising Polish slopestyle and dirt jump superstar, will be staying with the brand he started with, Dartmoor Bikes. The friendship, the whole ‘Ride Your Way’ philosophy and gravity dedicated products that Dartmoor produce proved to be too much for him to leave.
For the coming season Szymon will be riding three Dartmoor bikes: his signature and very special petrol chrome plated Cody as a hardtail for the dirt jump comps, full suspension Shine for the big slopestyle events – custom painted for him in a new miami-vice color scheme (but he thinks it looks more like the Sex on the Beach drink) and taken straight from the gravity hell – red devil Roots for the true freeriding including Rampage.
If you want to hear more from Szymon what happened to him in last weeks and why he decided to continue riding for Dartmoor while keeping a big respect for Bergamont and their fans – check this short video he made himself during the Whitestyle training session. He will take part in this first FMB World Tour event in 2014 with serious finger injury so let’s wish him good luck !!
Szymon is Riding His Way again !!
Check here again the first episode of the new #RideYourWay video series for 2014:
Back for the third year running, Elevate Mtn Bike Camps are open for registration for this summer at Silver Star Bike Park (June 30 – July 4, 2014). Presented by ZEE components, Elevate is led by Matt Hunter and Thomas Vanderham who are joined by Kenny Smith and Jordie Lunn to give you some of the best all round coaching you can find anywhere. With an emphasis on rider progression and improving technique in a relaxed atmosphere, Elevate Mtn Bike Camp is one of the best experiences on two wheels you’ll have this summer.
Heading into its third season, Elevate Mtn Bike camp is focused on progressing in a fun and safe environment. From dirt jumping and railing berms, to downhill racing, a wide range of talented coaches will help you become a more confident, all-around rider. The week long camp is designed for ages 12-17-years that want to progress in a fun environment, learn to push their abilities in order to take their riding to another level. Here’s what one of last year’s rippers had to say about Elevate Mtn Bike Camps:
“This was the BEST biking experience I have ever had and the food was amazing. The hours were great because you have to be there early so you get to bike nice and long in the bike park. I loved Elevate; I will definitely be back next year. The coaches were AWESOME!” – Noah Vander Watt
Elevate is a great place to meet new shredders, learn new skills on and off the bike and enjoy an experience of a life time. So make sure you mark your calendars and plan your summer around this camp.
“Elevate Bike Camp has quickly become a highlight of my summer. Last year we had an awesome week, packed with tons of riding and perfect conditions. I’m really looking forward to coming back to Silver Star again this summer.” – Thomas Vanderham
“It’s been super cool to watch the progression of the riders throughout the week at Elevate. I can’t wait for this summer’s camp; it’s going to be the best one yet! I’m looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and some new shredders!” – Matt Hunter
– 5 days of riding and instruction with Vanderham, Hunter and guest Pro riders (Kenny Smith, Jordie Lunn and more)
– 5 days of lift tickets to Silver Star Bike Park
– Lunch every day of the camp
– Wrap up party/BBQ on Friday
– NEW this summer – Parent coach and ride session on Wednesday afternoon – $40 (2.5h) ask for details
Cost: $450 CDN
Space is limited, so book now! Book before April 30th and SAVE $25! Camp dates – June 30 – 4, 2014. Accommodation specials are available for campers and families so mention ELEVATE Bike Camp when you call to book.
For more info on registration on Elevate Mountain Bike Camp, contact Silver Star Bike Park at 1-800-663-4431 or email [email protected]
The establishment of equal prize money for men and women in the mountain bike discipline has received a boost from South Africa.
The organisers of the famous Absa Cape Epic (23-30 March) and the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek (12-18 October) have taken another step in the promotion of women’s cycling: they will offer equal prize money for the 2013-2014 season. These two events, raced in pairs, are the only two South African races to have the UCI label.
Andrea Marcellini, Project Coordinator at the International Cycling Union, has competed in the mythical 800km Cape Epic. She welcomed the decision: “South Africa is doing a lot for mountain bike but also for cycling in general. I am delighted by the country’s initiative. It is a demonstration of the organisers’ respect for the athletes and their desire to increase female participation at their events.”
The UCI had already led the way by offering equal prize money at the World Championships and World Cup. The initiative that has followed from the Cape Epic and the Bridge Cape shows that private organisers are also capable of following suit and contributing to the promotion of women’s cycling.
Andrea Marcellini adds: “Equal prize money will help professional women cyclists take on their careers with more serenity. This sort of initiative can only encourage more women to enter the sport. It is excellent news but it is only one step in the recognition of women’s cycling.”