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2018 Cycling BC Coach & Athlete Conference


Jan. 28, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Cycling BC’s 2nd annual Coach Conference will take place on January 28th, 2018 at Fortius Sport and Health in Burnaby.

Registration is open to the public and our event is designed to bring athletes, coaches, and cycling enthusiasts together for a fun and informative event that will help us all prepare for a successful year of sport.

Conference topics include sport physiology, recovery, psychology, strength and conditioning, concussion health and long-term athlete development. Admission is $55 and includes a buffet lunch provided by Fortius catering. A maximum of 3 PD credits are available for participants classified as certified NCCP coaches.


Speakers (updated Jan.8, 2018)

David Freeze, Sport Psychology 

Dave Freeze has a diverse background that includes years of international athletic competition, wilderness guiding, business ownership and a proven track record as an executive coach, counsellor and human performance consultant.  Dave is a performance specialist that focuses on how the mind can be used as a powerful tool to change behaviours, attain goals, and achieve business, athletic, and personal success. Over the past fifteen years, he has provided one on-one performance coaching to thousands of clients. Dave’s philosophy is simple and he knows one thing for certain: Better is Always Possible. And whether you’re a business executive, performer, or an athlete, he can help you Get There.  Full Biography

Louis Passfield, Sport Physiology 

Professor Louis Passfield is an internationally-recognized applied sports scientist and has worked in cycling for over 25 years. Over this time Louis has been part of several gold medal performances and has worked with many of Britain’s most successful riders and coaches. Louis has also coached Olympic, World Championship and Commonwealth Games cyclists, including the Great Britain team pursuit and England team time-trial teams. Full Biography

Jenn Turner, Rehab/Injury Prevention & Concussion

Dr. Jenn Turner has traveled the world with Cycling Canada and the Canadian National Bobsled team. Her career highlights include the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games for Cycling and the Europa Cup Circuit for Bobsled.  Jenn is a competitive athlete herself. Dr. Turner’s involvement in triathlon began at age 18 and she has recently discovered that her passion and talent lies in long course triathlon. Full Biography

Gina Grain, Strength Conditioning

Gina Grain represented Canada on the track at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.  After racing for 11 years as a professional, Gina retired in 2010 to focus on her most recent passion, strength and conditioning.  Since that time, Gina has worked with various national organizations to develop programs for cyclists, soccer players, and alpine skiers. Full Biography

Athlete Panel

Facilitated by Ben Chaddock and Brian Storey
Andrew Pinfold 

Andrew Pinfold is a retired professional road cyclist, former Program Director of Escape Velocity’s youth program Devo, and is currently serving a the Executive Director of Autism BC.  Andrew has a life long passion for public health and has completed both a Master’s degree in Medical Geography from the University of Victoria and Master’s of Health Administration from UBC.  Full Biography

Haley Smith

Haley Smith is a professional cyclist for the Norco Factory Team and Team Canada. Haley won the U23 Cross Country Mountain Biking National Championship in 2015 and finished in the top 10 at the World Cup in the same year. Haley currently resides in Victoria, BC and when she is not racing or riding her bike, she is giving talks to youth about living active lifestyles and advocating for mental health through the various organizations she is involved with. Full Biography

Felix Burke

Felix Burke’s love for bikes goes back to his early childhood. He discovered the world of cross country mountain bike racing at the age of 15. He has raced at both National and World Championships placing 3rd in U23 in Nationals in 2016 and 1st place Canada Summer Games in 2017. Felix believes that bikes can change lives, one pedal stroke at a time.

Tristen Chernove (bio coming)
Riley Pickrell (bio coming)
Sarah Van Dam (bio coming)

*Events caters require a final update on January 14th, 2018. Therefore, we cannot guarantee a lunch for any participants registering after this date.

*This event will be running in conjunction with the Cycling BC High-Performance team orientation weekend, including activities specifically for team athletes on January 27th and 28th, 2018 – more details to follow.


Event Recap: Check out out speaker slideshows and links here and our photo gallery here