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HopOn BVC Velodrome Shuttle (September-OPEN)


September 14, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - September 28, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

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HopOn BVC Velodrome Shuttle (September – OPEN COHORT)

This autumn, Cycling BC and the Burnaby Velodrome Club are continuing our after-school van shuttle program to help local youth experience the thrill of Velodrome cycling.

This 3-week after-school program is funded by Sport Canada CSIA grants to help provide innovative and discounted cycling programs for new communities, and as a result, our 2023 programs are 100% FREE.

However, the program is for confident bike riders only (Level 4 and beyond) who wish to learn to pedal a fixed-gear bike, safely navigate the banked turns, and build enough strength to ride along the blue line and the rail. This skills-focused session provided rental bikes, helmets, and NCCP Club-certified instructors.

Students also work together to learn to ride the stationary rollers and understand group riding etiquette on the velodrome, building spatial awareness and consideration for fellow participants. As a result of this 3-week program, students may be invited to attend other youth sessions, including Wednesday and Friday fitness-focused sessions.

This September 2023 cohort is open to the public.

If you live in Burnaby or the Tri-Cities area, please register, and we will confirm logistics with you. We will pick your child up at their school between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. We have 14 spots available and will transport the participants to the velodrome in time to be prepared for the 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. session on the track. Parents pick up children at the velodrome between 6:05 p.m. – and 6:15 p.m. Parents are welcome to visit earlier and watch the session from the spectator area.

Each session includes a fundamental velodrome skill that helps the riders prepare to ride the velodrome safely and skillfully. Our instructor team abides by Cycling BC’s youth club instructor standards and carries background screenings, ethics training, and NCCP certification in velodrome cycling. In addition, participants become Cycling BC HopOn Members through registration and receive liability and sports accident coverage during HopOn activities for the remainder of the calendar year.

If your child does NOT require transportation, or your child’s school is outside the shuttle operating range, please register using our system to ensure FREE entry, and bring your child to the Burnaby Velodrome by 4:15 p.m.

Program Dates:

  • Sept 14   @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Sept 21   @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Sept 28  @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Additional 3-week cohorts begin on October 5, November 2, and November 30, respectively (learn more here). Children can also attend a Thursday “Youth Beginner/Intermediate” velodrome session throughout the entire year by registering on the BVC’s system

How do I register my child?

  • STEP 1 – REGISTER HERE and use this discount code in the final cart to ensure FREE access: HopOn-BVC-2023-25

Participants should be comfortable with ALL the following:

  • Lift the front wheel
  • Use gears and pedal up a steep hill
  • Able to exercise intensely for 3-5 minutes

Please carefully read Cycling BC Skill Levels before registering.

To prepare, please bring the following:

  • Athletic Wear (what you would wear for gym class)
  • Water bottle
  • Healthy Snacks … we also provide sandwiches upon arrival at the facility

Participants receive a welcome email 7-14 days before the program starts. Please review HopOn’s Frequently Asked Questions or message us for more information. Learn more about the HopOn skills below or read Cycling BC’s SafeSport and Coach Excellence policy for more details.