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iRide Launches in Victoria, Films in Vancouver and Certifies in Smithers

While iRide programs across the province this week saw 1450 students, new iRide Head Coach, Adam Walker of Bear Mountain in Victoria, joined the team and coached a fantastic opening week at Arbutus Global Middle. “We had a fantastic first week at Arbutus Middle School and I had the chance to work with three great assistant coaches–Breena Kealy, Brenda Houston and Glen Polson–throughout the week.  For Arbutus Global, we created a plan to most effectively meet the needs of the students as they prepare for a class cycling trips planned later in the year. I’m excited for next week as Glen has secured some lumber and will be making some small stunts for next week’s 2nd batch of classes.” Events continued across the province with iRide sessions in Comox, Courtenay, Rosedale, Surrey, Port Coquitlam, Abbotsford, North Vancouver and Langley.

This past week also featured an exciting project for iRide, as up and coming videographers Galen Lofstedt and Ben Johnson joined the iRide team for an innovative look at youth cycling.  In an effort to build awareness about the iRide Schools Program, Ben and Galen are offering their services and filmed the first of series of short vignettes depicting the joys of cycling. iRide Head Coach Wes Ochitwa facilitated the 3 filming events, taking place in Burnaby, Lions Bay and Squamish respectively. As the head coach and talent scout for events in Lions Bay and North Vancouver leading up to the filming, Wes was able to create a relaxed environment for the students, such that they had the felt comfortable to share their cycling memories.

Cycling BC Executive Director, Richard Wooles ventured north to Smithers last weekend to facilitate a coach course and build the ever increasing base of great coaches we have in British Columbia. Richard reported that he was working with some of the most energizing youth coaches he has ever met and there was a great passion among the participants. “Everyone wanted to be there and it was evident that this community’s cycling family is growing quickly,” said Richard. iRide Coordinator Ben Chaddock will be joining Mike Charuk as a co-learning facilitator in Squamish, as he prepares to lead his own Let’s Ride certification events in the future. If you would like to join our iRide coaching staff, please contact to take the first step by registering for an NCCP Let’s Ride course near you.

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