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Seamus McGrath and Andreas Hestler have more than 45 years of mountain biking experience between them. That experience includes three Olympics, multiple national titles, countless World Cups and a couple of BC Bike Race wins.
Suffice to say, the pair know a few things about preparing for a cycling season and are now offering two, seven-day training camps in Victoria, British Columbia beginning in March. Performance Cycling Camps will offer what McGrath and Hestler learned as friends and competitors in the Canadian National team system under the direction of head coach Yury Kashirin. Kashirin’s Eastern European methods of training helped Hestler and McGrath in their successful racing careers.
The site of the camps is Victoria, BC where McGrath and Hestler did their training during the winter months.
“Victoria offers world class roads and trails, amazing cross training facilities and opportunities and an ideal network of contacts in the high performance field,” Hestler said, including access to the best therapists, testing and mechanical support. “One of the most important things to setting up a race season is the off-season training that occurs in winter! The weather is not perfect, the hours are long, and the muscles are sore, but this style of training developed a list of Canadian Cycling Champions that is quite impressive.”
McGrath said the camps, run in cooperation with Big Mountain Adventures and BC Bike Race, is the next step for his mountain biking.
“At the Beijing games I started to formulate an idea about what would be next, but when Dre approached me about training camps I knew it was the right step,” said McGrath, who lives in Victoria.
Big Mountain Bike Adventures is a tour operator with more than 35 years of running cycling trips. They have teamed up with Performance Camps to provide and ensure a seamless experience.