Triathlon BC is hosting a draft clinic in Vancouver on April 27.  This clinic is for young athletes (13-19 yrs) who are interested in learning the necessary skills to pursue draft legal certification. Draft legal certification from Triathlon BC is recognized by Triathlon Canada and internationally, and is a critical skill in Triathlon Canada’s Gold Medal Profile.

WHAT: Senior, certified cycling coaches will instruct athletes on proper techniques related to draft legal racing. The course promises to cover how to safely:

  • Ride in a peloton / paceline environment
  • Rotate positions within a paceline
  • Signal to communicate within a paceline
  • Position hands on the handlebars, maximizing safety
  • Employ emergency maneuvers and proper braking procedures within a paceline
  • Remove, drink, and replace water bottle while riding in a paceline
  • Use all gears effectively
  • Apply proper cornering techniques
  • Apply seated and standing climbing techniques

Athletes demonstrating relevant competencies will receive a Certificate issued by Triathlon BC.

Pre-requisite: This clinic aims to build upon the skillset of athletes that already have basic cycling competencies in place.  Athletes will be cycling in a pack environment; all participants attending Draft Clinics must possess basic cycling competencies.  The use of a road-specific bike with drop bars is required.  Mountain bikes, and time trail specific bicycles are not permitted.

Clinic Details

  • Time: 12:30-3:30 (plan to meet up at 12:15)
  • Location*: Jericho Hostel
  • Coach: Hans Loeffelholz
  • Cost: $20.00 for Triathlon BC Members

Schedule: Participants should plan to meet Coach Hans at the  Jericho Hostel parking lot at 12:15 in order to start the clinic promptly at 12:30.

Equipment*: Coach Hans has requested that athletes review the ITU rules with respect to draft legal bikes and ensure that they arrive on a bike that fits within those specifications. Helmets are mandatory and it is recommended that riders wear gloves regardless of the weather conditions.

What to bring: Be prepared for the changes in weather. Bring appropriate clothing that will keep you comfortable while riding as well as during discussions and feedback periods.

About Your Clinic Leader: Hans Loeffelholz has over 35 years road and track racing experience. A previous Ontario Provincial Road Race Champion at the elite level, he has medaled as a master’s athlete at both the provincial and national level in road and track cycling while balancing family and a professional career as Manager of Occupational Health and Safety at the North Vancouver School District. Hans also holds the position of President of the Burnaby Velodrome Club, and a coaching status of “Trained “ for both “Ready to Ride” and “Ready to Race” programs within the national coaching certification program. He currently coaches privately, as well as works with CyclingBC’s iRide program, and with Escape Velocity’s DEVO youth program.