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Whistler Downhill Training Camp


Jul. 3, 2023 - Jul. 7, 2023

Event Cost
Free – $80

Event Information

Photo By: Scott Robarts


Outcome goals for this training camp: 

  • To provide targeted athletes with closed course training, coaching and timed feedback on 1199 and/or a suitable alternative
    • Athletes are welcome to utilize this time to work individually or with teams for real-world testing within these sessions
  • To provide (non-targeted) grassroots athletes with closed course training, coaching, and timed feedback on Whistler Bike Park trails suitable for their developmental needs
  • To develop a mentorship model whereby more experienced racers can build connections with grassroots athletes
  • To develop a more sustainable downhill community where athletes, coaches, and clubs across the province can collaborate more effectively 

Who is this camp for? U19 and Elite gravity racers (current Cycling BC targeted athletes) & U15/U17 grassroots racers (not yet targeted by Cycling BC)

1. High Performance U19 and Elite gravity racers (current Cycling BC targeted athletes)

  • Cost: FREE (provided that you commit to afternoon mentorship throughout the week), or $80+GST per day (no mentorship requirement)
  • Bike Park Pass NOT INCLUDED
  • Maximum 20 athletes

Elite athletes will be offered closed-course training and testing on the recently completed 1199 track in Creekside. This training opportunity will allow racers to make final preparations for National Championships and subsequent World Cup events. Team mechanics are also welcome to join, in the event that athletes wish to complete in-depth testing.

In exchange for this training opportunity, elite athletes will be required to donate their time to U15 riders for our introductory afternoon clinics. The expectation is that these elite racers will spend the afternoon sharing their experience, some simple race preparation strategies, and most importantly build relationships with others in the cycling community.

Athletes who wish to take advantage of the training time, and who can also commit to afternoon mentorship are welcome to reach out to Joel Harwood (joel@cyclingbc.net) for a passcode for registration.

Athletes who wish to take advantage of training time, but who are unable to provide mentorship will be charged a fee of $80 per day.

Elite/Jr Registration


2. U15/U17 grassroots racers (not yet targeted by Cycling BC)

  • Minimum age: 13yrs old at the time of registration
  • Athletes should be capable of riding black or double-black trails
  • Cost $80+GST per day (riders can select individual days they want to register for)
    • Those who are enrolled in clubs and programs that don’t conflict with this offering are welcome to join 
    • Club coaches are encouraged to join with their groups
    • Bike Park Pass NOT INCLUDED
  • Maximum 40 athletes 

U15/U17 Registration


Training Camp Schedule:

Monday, July 3rd Tuesday, July 4th Wednesday, July 5th Thursday, July 6th Friday, July 7th
9:30am until 12:00pm

(Elite athlete arrival time: 9:15am)

Introductions and goal setting Practice session 1 Practice session 2 Practice session 3 Practice session 4
12:00pm until 1:00pm 

(Youth athlete arrival time: 12:30pm)

Athlete meet and greet Suspension setup tutorial – Led by Dunbar Cycles Practice priorities – session 1 Practice priorities – session 2 Race day priorities and hilltop fundamentals
1:00pm until 4:00pm  Braking fundamentals – moderate terrain only Suspension fundamentals – moderate terrain only Timed 

training session 1

Timed training session 2 Timed training session 3

For more information, please contact Cycling BC Provincial Head Coach, Joel Harwood at joel@cyclingbc.net.