Youth cycling team being launched in Richmond

Richmond Flyers information meeting on May 4 at Olympic Oval

A new local youth cycling team is about to take flight.
The Richmond Flyers will be holding an information night on Thursday, May 4 (6:15 p.m.) at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
The team is open to youth ages 10-to-18 and no experience is necessary. The Flyers will be headed by Erich Harvey — a national certified coach who has worked with provincial champions.
“I have seen clubs in Vancouver built and the numbers have been high. It hasn’t been captured here yet and I thought let’s do something,” said Harvey.
A summer road season, from May to August, will feature two weekly sessions and cost $200. There will also be a two month cyclocross season in the fall for $50. Hand cycling — a Paralympic discipline — is free of charge.
“We will start on the road but you don’t necessarily need a road bike. I actually recommend a cycle cross bike,” continued Harvey.
“We will do cycle cross in the fall and it is probably the most fun for the kids. It’s in the fields and it’s about getting muddy and challenging yourself. There is mountain bike as well for those who were interested.”
Eventually, Harvey would like to see the team entering competitions, including the provincial championships and B.C. Super Week. However, he wants his riders to come away with much more than medals and trophies.
“We will be going over route planning, safety and education,” he added. “They will be learning life long bike skills that will keep people safe. There is also the physical fitness aspect and building friendships.”
For more information contact Erich Harvey at cyclingrichmond@gmail.com.
 

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