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A huge Congratulations to Amiel Flett for his overall victory at the Escape Velocity Spring Series Stage Race! After only a few road races, this triumph really is a testament to what hard work, dedication, and an open attitude can get you.

To see how he stacked up to the competition click here.

We’ve Been Busy

You may not have realized it, but 2013 has gotten off to an amazing start for AYC.

  • We’ve had new lots of new riders thanks to a program sponsored by our community partner UNYA and the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation, and Physical Activity Partners Council (BC).
  • One of our riders has been kicking butt in the races. After starting off late last year he won the overall omnium for the Junior men at the Burnaby 4 Day and he won the Winter Friday Night Series overall title at the velodrome.
  • We’ve been working on our infrastructure and have been adding new sponsors.
  • We’ll be announcing some new and exciting programs for the summer…stay tuned for updates.

AYCs in the Media

Telus Optik TV recently featured the Burnaby Velodrome in an edition of myVancouver. The feature on the velodrome starts at about 10:39.00 seconds in, but you’ll notice some of our very own AYC riders hitting the boards at 11:20.00 seconds.

Click here to watch the video. If you like what you see don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter.


Fall/Winter AYC Time Change

October sees the return of Friday night racing at the track. This means that AYC will meet at its earlier time on Fridays, starting October 5th, in order to accommodate the increased ridership at the Velodrome. Riders will now meet at 4:00PM instead of 5:00PM, please be sure to mark your calendars.


Lycra Drive has overwhelming response

The first annual AYC Lycra Drive was met with an incredibly positive response. For two months, seasoned cyclists from all over the province raided their closets and sent their previously used cycling clothes to be handed out to our native youth riders. “At one point I stopped by La Bicicletta expecting a bag or two and there were boxes of clothes waiting for me…The response we had is a true testament to the strength of the cycling community here in Vancouver and the lower mainland,” said Kelyn when asked about the success of the initiative.

We want to thank everyone that contributed to the success of this Drive! The clothes we’ve collected will be handed out to our youth cyclists to help lower the barrier for entry into the sport. Everything we’ve collected, from gloves to shoes, will be put to good use so if you happen to notice some extra clothes keep us in mind. “We’re always trying to look ahead and see how we can improve upon the things that we’ve done, meanwhile we’ve got a lot of clothes to hand out.”


AYC Formalizes Community Partnership with the Urban Native Youth Association

When I was first presented with the opportunity to create an Aboriginal youth cycling program in Vancouver it was important to look for organizations within the community that were already providing meaningful programming to Native youth. With a 22 year history of providing programming to Native youth in Vancouver, the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) stood out as a prime candidate. Their AYF Sports and Recreation program’s overall goal of encouraging healthy lifestyles, leadership, and skills development amongst Native youth was exactly what I was hoping to achieve with AYC. After working with UNYA for almost a year I am very pleased to announce that we are formalizing our community partnership! As an official community partner, UNYA’s AYF Sports and Recreation Program supports the participation of Native youth, ages 11-24, in select AYC activities. In addition UNYA’s AYF staff are able to provide supervision and transportation to and from East Vancouver (East Hastings Street near Commercial Drive) to the velodrome for Native Youth participants.

I’ve been incredibly lucky to work with, and learn, from this organization and the wonderful people that work and volunteer there and I trust that the relationship will continue to grow as time passes.

Lycra Drive Poster

AYC Launches Lycra Drive

It’s easy for anyone that’s been riding for years to take for granted the amount of time it took them to compile a closet full of cycling clothes. Now, with all those clothes, it’s easily overlooked how simple it is to take on anything Mother Nature may throw your way. However, if you’re anything like me, you’ve figured out the few go-to pieces that make every ride come together; everything else in the closet just sits there. Help our riders equip themselves this year by donating your old cycling clothes to AYC. Not only will you be helping future generations of cyclists but you’ll be doing yourself a favor by making space in your closet.

To donate, drop off your clothes (clean of course) at the Burnaby Velodrome during open track hours or at La Bicicletta (233 West Broadway) during regular business hours. Please remember to include your name and contact information. We’ll make sure they find a good home!

Please direct any questions to

Thank you for keeping AYC on track!

AYC meets at a new time

Starting this Friday March 16, 2012 Aboriginal Youth Cycling will be meeting at a new time on Friday nights. The session will now start at 5:00pm. We’ll see you there.