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DEVO YOUTH

Vancouver's Premier Youth Cycling Program

Special thanks to CANNONDALE for supporting our team.

We have tons of fun and teach fantastic life skills on two wheels.

 

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 novice riders 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.

 

Programs

“I don’t ride a bike to add days to my life. I ride a bike to add life to my days” – Unknown

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ROAD

The road program teaches skill development, group riding, race tactics, fitness and safety.  We teach critical development skills to lifelong lifelong cyclists. Our road program has also produced some of the top racers in Canada! From time trials, to crits to classic road races-we teach these youth how to ride and race! See below for more details.

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MOUNTAIN BIKE

The MTB program is built to support cross-country and enduro 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 to 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. See below for more details.

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CYCLOCROSS

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. See below for more details

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TRACK

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. See below for more details.

 
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ROAD PROGRAMS

 

DEVO Core Road Team

The DEVO Road Team is designed for all levels of athletes who are keen to challenge themselves and have fun! This program provides weekly practices focused on skill development, group training, and fitness. This program is for athletes who would like to learn basic race cycling skills and gain fitness in a fun, challenging, safe and supportive atmosphere. This is not a program for beginner riders; riders should already be capable of mounting, dismounting, cornering, climbing, descending and have some group riding experience. Contact us if you have any questions.

GOAL: Be part of a fun club that develops life long cyclists, teaches cycling safety, and hone bike handling skills and pack riding. Inspire riders to race too!

  • Age: 10-21

  • Early April to mid August

  • Two practices per week (Thurs eve & Sat AM)

  • Coached by an NCCP Trained Coach & Volunteers

  • Race Support TBD as soon as the 2021 calendar takes shape

  • Price: $750 plus $175 general club membership (this registration includes a practice kit of jersey and shorts that is worth more than the reg).

DEVO Plus Road Team

The DEVO ROAD PLUS Team is designed for road race focused athletes who are keen to train hard and race fast. This program provides weekly practices focused on advanced cycling skills, fitness workouts, race knowledge, and training progression to compete at local, provincial, national level youth events, as well as adult events. The program includes a weekly group training plan built around a yearly training plan to peak for key events throughout the year.

GOAL: Develop local, provincial and national level racers as well as lifelong cycling enthusiasts.

  • Age: 13-21

  • Year Round (with breaks at end of August and late Dec/early Jan)

  • Early April to mid August: Three Practices per week (Tues & Thurs evenings & Sat AM)

  • Rest of year: Two Practices per week (a strength session on Monday evening and one other 'ride'. Other ride may be winter Zwift or gravel ride and we will plan according to what makes sense)

  • Coached by an NCCP Trained Coach

  • Race support TBD as soon as the 2021 calendar takes shape

  • Group training plan

  • Price $1300 plus $175 general club membership (this registration includes a practice kit of jersey and shorts that is worth more than the reg).


*Individualized training plans are available for age 15+ riders in this program. Pricing TBD.

DEVO Road Sampler

For the month of April we offer a four week DEVO intro program. Try out the club on four consecutive Thursdays to see if DEVO is a good fit. Our hope is that these riders will continue on in the club and register as full members after the sampler.

Price: $100 (does not include jersey and shorts)

Register for the April Sampler here: https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/11512-devo-team-april-2021-road-sampler

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MOUNTAIN BIKE PROGRAMS

NOTE: OUR 2021 MTN BIKE PROGRAMMING IS FULL. Please contact us to be added to the waitlist. Email: ev-ed@escapevelocity.bc.ca

 

DEVO Core Mtn Bike Team-FULL. Please contact us to be added to the waitlist. Email: ev-ed@escapevelocity.bc.ca

The DEVO Core Mtn Bike Team is designed for athletes who can confidently ride blues and up and are wanting to progress their skills and fitness. The program gives instruction on technical progression over a variety of challenging terrain, including weekly skills focused sessions and adventure rides. Athletes will learn the skills and gain fitness required for both xc and enduro events. Athletes will be encouraged, not required, to attend XC and Enduro events in the lower mainland and Sea2Sky region.

GOAL: Bring together the Metro Vancouver Youth Mountain Bike Community and progress the technical skill level of riders. Develop cycling enthusiasts and local racers in xc and enduro mountain bike disciplines.

  • Age: 10-21

  • Early April to mid August

  • Two practices per week (Wed eve & Sun AM)

  • Coached by an NCCP Trained Coach & Volunteers

  • Race support TBD as soon as the 2021 calendar takes shape

  • Price: $750 plus $175 general club membership (this registration includes a practice kit of jersey and shorts that is worth more than the reg).

DEVO Plus Mtn Bike Team-FULL. Please contact us to be added to the waitlist. Email: ev-ed@escapevelocity.bc.ca

The DEVO PLUS Mtn Bike Team is designed for athletes who have race specific goals and are looking to elevate their fitness and skills with serious training. The program gives instruction on technical progression over a variety of challenging terrain, as well as fitness focused sessions. Athletes will learn the skills and fitness required for both xc and enduro events. Athletes are expected to attend XC or Enduro events in the lower mainland and Sea to Sky region. The program includes a weekly group training plan built around a yearly training plan to peak for key events throughout the year.

GOAL: Cultivate race focused mountain bike athletes who are serious contenders at Provincial, National and even International events.

  • Age: 13-21

  • Year Round (with breaks at end of August and late Dec/early Jan)

  • Early April to mid August: Three Practices per week (Tues & Wed evenings & Sun AM)

  • Rest of year: Two Practices per week (a strength session on Monday evening and one other 'ride'-other ride may be winter Zwift, gravel or a mountain bike ride-it will vary according to what makes sense during each particular week).

  • Coached by an NCCP Trained Coach

  • Race support TBD as soon as the 2021 calendar takes shape

  • Group training plan

  • Price $1300 plus $175 general club membership (this registration includes a practice kit of jersey and shorts that is worth more than the reg).


*Individualized training plans are available for age 15+ riders in this program. Pricing TBD.

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CYCLOCROSS PROGRAM

 

DEVO Cyclocross Program

DEVO CX Program is for athletes who love cyclocross! Weekly practices support skill and fitness development for athletes age 10-21. Learn how to jump barriers, corner on grassy side hill, ride through sand pits, and more. Athletes (and parents) are encouraged to attend the weekend local VCXC events which are fun for all ages and abilities.

GOAL: Develop skilled cyclocross riders and racers. Have a lot of fun in all weather!

  • Age: 10-21

  • Early Sept to mid Nov

  • Two practices per week (Thurs eve & Sat AM)

  • Coached by an NCCP Trained Coach & Volunteers

  • Race support TBD as soon as the 2021 calendar takes shape

  • Price: $275

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TRACK PROGRAM

 

DEVO Track Program

DEVO Track Program works in partnership with the Burnaby Velodrome Club (BVC). Winter sessions are currently in session. Check back later this year for 2021-2022 programming.

DEVO MISSION

Provide a fun environment and a community for athletes to develop and learn all the necessary skills to reach their full potential as athletes and people.

We want to support the riders in whatever their goals are and give them all necessary tools, skills, fitness and experiences to compete at any stage from locally to nationally to world championships.

But most importantly, become well-rounded, resilient, problem solving, gritty, tough and KIND human beings.

 
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MEET OUR DEVO PROGRAM DIRECTOR & HEAD COACH

Tim Sherstobitoff

Tim has been part of the Devo program for the past 7 years, and leading it as Program Director and Head Coach for the past 2 years. He has experience coaching athletes of all ages, and has coached Provincial and National Team athletes at Jr Track World Championships, National Championships, and races all over North America. Tim has over 10yrs of his own race experience at Provincial and National level events in XC, DH, Road and Track, including racing for the National Team in track cycling. 


Tim is proud to run a youth program that focuses on creating a community culture and bringing out the full potential of each athlete. He uses his knowledge and coaching expertise to create a programs suited to youth athletes of all abilities, from novice to National Team, who aspire to achieve their best and have a lot of fun along the way. As Program Director, he leads an inspiring group of talented coaches who share their wealth of knowledge and experience to inspire young athletes in Vancouver through fun and challenging training sessions. 

 

DEVO BURSARIES

We are passionate about getting kids on bikes and into racing. If you would like to join DEVO but have financial barriers we offer bursaries on a 'case by case' basis.