Fostering a passion for riding in our youth...
The Developmental Escape Velocity Organization (DEVO) is Vancouver’s oldest and most successful youth cycling program. Founded in 1999, it has helped launch the careers of some of Canada’s top cyclists. We offer programming for road, track, mountain bike and cyclocross.
DEVO has grown into one of Canada’s premiere youth development cycling programs. It has fostered athlete development from complete beginners up to national champions racing professionally. DEVO serves a fundamental role in rider education, providing a positive and fun team atmosphere for riders to develop not only bike skills and fitness, but also the mental skills and abilities to persevere through challenges, be part of a team, and realize both personal and team goals.
All our programs are suitable for ages 10-18.
The road program teaches skill development, group riding, race tactics, fitness and safety. The younger kids start in the gravel grinders program while the older youth have the opportunity to join our high performance race team or simply continue with training for pleasure. We teach critical development skills to lifelong lifelong cyclists in our road program.
The MTB program is built to support cross-country racers, enduro/downhill athletes, as well as recreational riders. The focus of the program is to provide riders with skills and fitness sessions that are appropriate for their ability level. A variety of practice locations allow the program in include dirt jumping, pump tracks, rooty single track, bunny hopping practice, balancing on skinnies, relay races, timed hot lap races, technical line practice, slalom courses, and more.
Cyclocross is weird. It’s also the most fun cycling discipline for most athletes. This program includes a weekly practice with ability based groups. Athletes learn how to hop barriers, corner on grassy side hills, ride through sand, gain fitness, valuable and transferable bike handling skills, and more. The club provides athlete support at the weekend races that occur nearly every weekend from September to November. A cyclocross bike is strongly recommended.
The DEVO Youth Track program operates out of the Burnaby Velodrome. There are only 26 velodromes in the world and this is an amazing opportunity for our youth to train and race at this world class facility. The younger youth sessions are focussed on safety, agility, fitness and fun. While the older youth programs offer exciting racing opportunities.
MEET OUR DEVO HEAD COACH
Tim grew up riding mountain bikes in the glorious dry heat of Kelowna. He started racing as a youth when his parents decided to take the summers off and drive him and his brother to bikes races all over BC. Tim later turned to the road and raced on a semi professional team based out of Kelowna called Total Restoration, as well as joining the National Team on the track. During this time Tim completely his BSc in Psychology at UBC Okanagan. An injury ultimately forced Tim to change his cycling direction, but it didn't hinder his passion for the sport. In 2010 he started coaching on the provincial team where he helped riders at Road and Track Nationals, along with many other projects. Tim joined DEVO in 2013 and has been supporting, motivating, and pushing youth riders to reach their potential ever since.
Notable Athletic Achievements:
1st - Tour Walla Walla, Stage 1 Road Race 2009
3rd - Tour de Delta, Criterium 2009
3rd - Tour de White Rock, Criterium 2008
10th - Track World Cup #3, Colombia, Team Pursuit 2009