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DEVO YOUTH

Western Canada's Premier Youth Cycling Program

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

FOR NEW RIDERS INTERESTED IN OUR PROGRAM, EMAIL US AT ev-ed@escapevelocity.bc.ca.

We will be posting details regarding 2023 programming in November 2022.

 
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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 Club

The DEVO Road Club 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

  • April - August

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

  • Coached by an NCCP Trained Coach & Volunteers

  • Race Support TBD as soon as the 2022 calendar takes shape

  • Price: $775 plus $190 general club membership (this registration includes a practice kit of jersey and shorts that is worth more than the reg).

'TEAM devo' ROAD - Trade Team (PLUS Program)

TEAM devo ROAD 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: 14-21

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

  • 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 2022 calendar takes shape

  • Group training plan

  • Price $1330 plus $190 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)

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MOUNTAIN BIKE PROGRAMS

 


DEVO Core Mountain Bike Club

The DEVO Core Mtn Bike Club 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

  • April  - August

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

  • Coached by an NCCP Trained Coach & Volunteers

  • Race support TBD as soon as the 2022 calendar takes shape

  • Price: $775 plus $190 general club membership (this registration includes a practice kit of jersey and shorts that is worth more than the reg).

'TEAM devo' ALL MOUNTAIN - Trade Team ( PLUS program)

TEAM devo ALL MOUNTAIN  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 hone their already advanced 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: 14-21

  • Year Round (with breaks at end of August, late Dec/early Jan & Spring Break)

  • 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 2022 calendar takes shape

  • Group training plan

  • Price $1330 plus $190 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 end of 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: $375 (Plus $190 club membership)

  • If you are interested in this program please email: ev-ed@escapevelocity.bc.ca

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TRACK PROGRAM

 

DEVO Track Program

DEVO Track Program works in partnership with the Burnaby Velodrome Club (BVC).

For more information please contact ev-ed@escapevelocity.bc.ca

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.

 

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.