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HILLTOP MTB YOUTH
RACING & DEVELOPMENT

 
HUMANS FIRST.  ATHLETES SECOND.

OUR COMMUNITY

We aim to foster a cohesive community environment that facilitates personal growth, mentorship, the pursuit of excellence and building a "Sport-For-Life" athlete.

Our youth athletic development training is built for riders aged 12-18 with intentions of developing and refining riding and racing skills in preparation for racing locally, provincially, nationally and beyond, predominantly in the "gravity" disciplines.  

We offer a variety of training environment options from stand alone athlete development training camps to season-long race development team programs, and Girls Only Mentorship & Development Sessions.

Training Overview:

Athletes can expect a mix of skills and drills in controlled settings, on-trail applications, race simulations, workshops and video analysis throughout practice sessions and training camps.

Athlete Development Training Camps:

Seasonal training camps will also be offered throughout the year - These allow flexibility and an opportunity to meet other like-minded athletes from other parts of BC.

Seasonal training camps consist of 2-3 days of focused practice with up to 5 hours/day including any off-bike developmental workshops.  Training camps will hold outcome goals suitable to the current seasonal period in which the camp occurs. 

 

Outside assistance from industry professionals and professional athletes will be provided at some of these events, allowing athletes to learn from those at the top of their game.  Regardless of the camp, a Fully Certified Competition coach will always be present.

Stand-alone Athlete Development camps, are open to anyone interested in taking their racing acumen to the next level and are open to riders from all over the world.  

Co-Ed & Girls Only: 12-16yrs

Hilltop MTB's Shred Squad, is our youth high-performance race development team for dedicated young athletes that have a passion for mastering advanced skill-sets, developing competitive strategy and race experience and want to be part of a supportive community.

Practices consist of short-form and longer-form practice sessions, and may include additional assigned training outside of in-person practices.

TRAINING DAYS:

  • 1-3 practices per week March to October - See Calendar of Events

    • Regular weekday afterschool spring practices

    • Weekend: longer-form practices.

    • Summer practices:

      • Built around the summer event schedule - Longer-form practices.

    • Fall practices:

      • A mix of weekday and/or weekend practice sessions depending on timing and availability of light.

  • Longer-Form practices take on a Training Camp style schedule and include skills & drills, timing and simulations, and general trail application.

  • Practices locations range from:

    • Squamish trails

    • Whistler Bike Park

    • Whistler Valley Trails

    • and more!   

Practice and racing expectations:

We ask for the following events to be attended as a minimum (6 events total)~:

  • 3 out of the following:

    • North West Cup: Port Angeles, WA -  2nd round

    • North West Cup: Port Angeles, WA - final round

    • Crankworx Whistler:  1 Race

    • BC Cup DH:  Coast Gravity Park, Whistler Bike Park or Silver Star.

    • Canadian National Champs @ Sun Peaks Bike Park

  • PHAT Wednesday Races: 3 out of 6

Athletes are asked to attend a minimum of 50% of practices to have coached support at PHAT Wednesdays and Crankworx.

Athletes are asked to attend a minimum of 70% of available practices and training races (i.e. PHAT Wednesdays) to have coached support at any North West Cups, BC Cups, Canada Cups, or National Championships.  This is to ensure utmost safety and proper preparation is achieved*

A minimum of 50% attendance for the overall season is required.  Attendance is assessed on a combination of available practices, training camps and PHAT Wednesday training races (this equates to approximately 22-25 punches).

*Riders are free to race any race on their own if they have not met the above criteria.

~ Race calendar subject to change as additional events are confirmed.

Application Process:

New and returning athletes are asked to submit a "rider resume" to ensure we have a cohesive team of like-minded athletes. 

Please include the following in your application: ​

  • Riding and racing history.

  • Why do you wish to take part in our race team program?

  • What does success mean to you?

  • What are your goals or training objectives for 2024?

  • What are your goals or training objectives beyond 2024?

  • What races do you intend to participate in?

 

*Hilltop MTB reserves the right to allow athletes to be included in the race program later in the season at the coaching staff's discretion. 

SHRED SQUAD
HILLTOP MTB DEVELOPMENT TEAM

ENRICHED SENSE OF COMMUNITY, TEAM ENVIRONMENT AND SENSE OF BELONGING...
ENHANCED TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT

ENROLLMENT OPTIONS

We aim to provide an inclusive training environment, and an ability for multi-sport athletes to train and compete with with the most passionate, experienced and dedicated team in the region - For 2024 we have devised a "Punch-Pass" system specifically designed for multi-sport or out-of-town athletes.*  

A full-season training and racing pass is still available for those that already know they are in for a full-season of stoke!

Punch-Passes may be applied to regular practices and training camps, PHAT Wednesday Races, Crankworx Races, NW Cup Races, Silver Star BC Cup, Sun Peaks Nationals, Coast Gravity Park BC Cup, Whistler BC Cup (as riders are eligible).

All racers receive a Hilltop MTB Team Kit package with their enrollment.

*Terms & Conditions Apply:  Punch Passes are non-transferrable.  Unused credits on punch passes are not credited and do not roll-over to a subsequent season.

Team programming costs do not include the costs of race entry fees, race license fees, or costs related to travel to/from races or accommodation.

BE PREPARED FOR EVERY SEASON!

OFF-SEASON STRENGTH & CONDITIONING SESSIONS:  

  • We're excited to partner with Squamish Barbell for Dryland training in 2023/24! ​

Strength & conditioning options include:

  • Pre-Teen (8-12 years old) - Tuesday/Thursday 4:30pm-5:30pm

  • Teen Lifters (13-18) - Mon/Wed/Fri 3:45pm-5pm

Fall block until December 8th 

Winter block begins in January 2024.

Contact us for more info, or click below to learn more.  

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