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2019 Cycling BC High Performance Summit


Feb. 2, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:15 pm

Event Cost
$50 – $100

Event Information


Valued at $200 per person – Only $50 for Cycling BC members!

Cycling BC’s 3rd annual coach and athlete conference, renamed as the High-Performance Summit to be more inclusive of all our key stakeholders, is scheduled to take place on February 2, 2019, at Fortius Sport and Health in Burnaby.  A maximum of 3 PD credits are available for participants classified as certified NCCP coaches

This 1-day event (View Schedule Here) will host a variety of speakers and meetings opportunity for a variety of stakeholders including:

    • Cycling BC High-Performance Athletes
    • Coaches of HP & Club Riders
    • Parents of HP & Club Riders
    • Ride Leaders of Cycling BC Adult Clubs

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Speakers (updated Dec.10, 2018)

Click on the names to see the bios.

Dr. Guy Le Masurier, Professor & Physical Literacy Expert

Dr. Guy Le Masurier is a professor of Sport, Health & Physical Education at Vancouver Island University and a member of the Research Consortium Fellow at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). Dr. Le Masurier is passionate about physical literacy and effective curriculums for grade school students.  Dr. Le Muasurier will be sharing his expertise on how to give effective demonstrations and clear feedback.  Full Biography

Dr. Jenn Turner, BPHE, DC, CPTN-CPT, FRCCSS(C)

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.  Dr. Turner is a competitive athlete and has been involved in triathlon since the age of 18. Full Biography

David Freeze, Registered Clinical Counsellor

David Freeze has a diverse background including years of international athletic competition, wilderness guiding, and entrepreneurship. David has a proven track record as an executive coach, counselor, and human performance consultant. David is a performance specialist that focuses on how the mind can be used as a powerful tool to change behaviours and attain goals leading to business, athletic, and personal success. Over the past fifteen years, David 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. Whether you’re a business executive, performer, or athlete, David can help you get there.  Full Biography

Kayla Benbow, Registered Clinical Counsellor

Kayla’s background in sport as both an athlete and coach continues to shape her approach to life and counselling. After coaching with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club for ten years and pursuing her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, Kayla is currently practicing in Whistler. She will be discussing strategies for coach health and facilitate a goal-setting session with the HP athletes. Full Biography

Self-Care for coaches:  An opportunity to build self-awareness and in turn support yourself and your athletes to perform at your best. Additionally, a chance to connect to why you are passionate about coaching. Prepare by downloading the Free App MINDSHIFT  from https://www.anxietycanada.com/and try some of the “Chill Out Tools”. Here is an additional link to a resource with some tips on how to deal with anxiety: https://outwittrade.com/how-to-deal-with-anxiety
Goal Setting for Athletes: A chance to build daily, short, and long-term goals that connect to why you enjoy cycling. Prepare by writing down things you like about cycling.
Jill Wurflinger, Organizational Expert

A transformational leader with a keen ability to read environments and culture to effectively increase organizational capacity through the power of volunteers and the alignment of a paid and unpaid workforce. Jill currently works as the Director of Community Services at St. John’s Ambulance and with Rowing Canada as an NCCP author. She will be discussing volunteer recruitment strategies designed for event organizers.  LinkedIn

Joanna Irvine, Sports Dietitian

Joanna (Jo) Irvine is a Registered Dietitian who holds a degree from the University of British Columbia in Food and Nutrition and is a member of the College of Dietitians of BC and Dietitians of Canada. She has worked as a nutrition specialist in sports nutrition, extended care, mental health and as a consultant in private practice. She will be conducting three seminars at the Cycling BC High-Performance Summit, including a high-performance nutrition module for coaches, an interactive session with athletes, and an introductory nutrition and “teenage” strategies for parents.  Full Biography

Majorie Lauzon, Kinesiologist

Majo has over 20 years of experience in the fitness & sport industries and her diversified background gives her a well-rounded understanding of the mechanics of the human body.  Majo earned her B.Sc. in Physical Education & Exercise Science from the University of Montreal in 1996 and is a Practicing Kinesiologist with the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK) and the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance (CKA).  She also attended the 2014 Tour of Alberta with Garneau Quebecor Professional Cycling Team and numerous European training camps with Balance Point Racing. She will be conducting an interactive dynamic warmup routine for cyclists. Full Biography

Joel Harwood, Performance Coach

Joel has been coaching mountain biking for over ten years in the Sea 2 Sky cooridor and is part of Cycling BC’s High-Performance program.  With degrees in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, teaching and education, and a track record helping world-level athletes achieve their best performances, Joel is a tremendous resource for our cycling community. He will be speaking about exercise physiology with our coaches and provide attending athletes with insight on annual training plans and signs of burnout. Full Biography

Jon Watkin, Event Sponsorship

Jon has been passionate about cycling his whole life and after pursuing cycling in Europe as a teen, he has continued supporting the sport as an event organizer and youth team manager while balancing a career in business. Having successfully organized and delivered bike races for over 10 years, including the Canada Cup races at Bear Mountain in Victoria since 2016, Jon will be sharing his expertise on developing a sponsorship offering and networking for success. LinkedIn

Rob Wright, Certified Bike Fitter

Rob is the lead bike fitter at Catalyst Studios. Rob is passionate about providing cyclists with the tools and knowledge to avoid injury and enjoy their rides. He will be speaking to our athletes about the fundamental mechanics of cycling and how a proper bike fit can affect cycling performance, as well as tips and tricks for safe bike travel. LinkedIn

Ben Chaddock, Coach Developer

Ben currently serves as Cycling BC’s iRide Manager and NCCP Liaison. Ben will be conducting a 4-hour Ride Leader module designed for adult club ride leaders followed by a 1-hour seminar for coaches to share fun games for skill development. LinkedIn

Tara Mowat, Cycling BC High-Performance Manager

Tara currently serves as Cycling BC’s High-Performance Manager and will be speaking to the athletes and parents about anti-doping and going over the details of Cycling BC’s High-Performance Program.  LinkedIn

Erin Waugh, Cycling BC Executive Director

Erin currently serves as Cycling BC’s Executive Director is excited to share the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan with the participants of the conference.  A question and answer period will also be included in the presentation.  LinkedIn


Athlete Panel

facilitated by Ben Chaddock

Sean Fincham

At just 20 years old, Sean Fincham is currently racing XCO mountain bike events at the world level. His recent achievements include an 8th place finish at the 2016 World Junior Championships, 17th at the 2019 Elite Men’s Nove Mesto World Cup, and the 2018 XCO U23 Canadian National Title. Sean has also recently raced the US collegiate scene. Sean will be joining the athlete panel to speak about his experience as a rider.

Sara Bergen

Once of Canada’s strongest road racers, Sara came to cycling later in life and is currently racing as a professional with Rally-UHC Pro Cycling.  She successfully entered the world stage at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships in Qatar, riding in support of Canada’s top sprinters, contributing to a record two top 15 finishes.  Outside of cycling, Bergen holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Architectural Science and a diploma in Architectural and Building Engineering Technology from British Columbia Institute of Technology. Sara will be joining the athlete panel to speak about her experience as a rider.

Laura Brown

Laura Brown is a two-time Canadian Olympian and a 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist as part of the Canadian Women’s Track Cycling Team in Rio de Janeiro. Laura grew up in Alberta where she started as a competitive gymnast but switched sports due to a back injury as a teenager. Laura began cycling at the Olympic Oval National Cycling Centre in Calgary and after spending several years in the development program there, she moved to the west coast to attend the University of Victoria where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree, and continued to pursue her new passion. Over the past decade, Laura has raced and has podiumed on many international stages, including a couple of World Cup Championships. Laura has also been a professional road racer since 2012. Laura will be joining the athlete panel to speak about her experience.

Andreas ‘Dre’ Hestler

Andreas “Dre” Hestler found his passion for mountain biking in 1986. After moving to Vancouver and embracing the life of a courier, he was introduced to racing and a new love was born. The next 20 years were a complete career: 13 years on the World Cup Circuit, World Championship and the Olympics, the lifestyle of a devoted athlete, but one who enjoyed the process and was aware of the other aspects of life. Dre will be joining the athlete panel to speak about his experience.

Cost of Participating:

  • Cycling BC Members:          $50
  • Triathlon BC Members:      $75
  • Public:                                    $100
  • Cycling BC HP Athletes:      $0

*The first 100 people to register will receive access to our catered lunch.

*Refunds will not be available after January 15th, 2019. Non-refundable transaction costs also apply.

*Cycling BC Targeted Athletes will receive a discount registration code that provides free access to the event and a complimentary lunch. Please contact tara@cyclingbc.net for your registration discount code.

*If you plan to attend the AM stretching session, please bring a yoga matt if you have one at home. We will try to provide as many mats as we can.