Cycling Canada Summit Hosted at Bear Mountain
The weekend of Oct. 21-22 last fall saw the annual Cycling Canada Summit held at The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa near Victoria, B.C., which featured partner meetings and sessions that included a gala fundraiser on the Saturday evening. Bear Mountain is the official training centre of Cycling Canada’s Canadian MTB team, and has hosted the opening round of the Canada Cup MTB XC series since 2016.
A crowd of 175 attended to share a glass as local sportscaster Jeff King emcee’d a stellar evening featuring a silent auction that raised more than $15,000 for the National team.
Stars such as Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale), Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb), Rob Britton (Rally), Ryan Anderson (Rally), Ben Perry (Israel Cycling Academy), Alison Jackson (Team TIBCO), Geoff Kabush (Yeti Cycles), Adam de Vos (Rally) and many more were joined by such past greats as Alex Stieda, Ron Hayman and others for a superb evening of stories and camaraderie. A special 7-11 replica jersey honouring the veteran duo of Stieda and Hayman was part of the silent auction.
In addition, Woods, Kirchmann and Stieda joined King for a short question-and-answer session loved by the crowd, as they covered such topics as their highs and lows, advice for young riders, as well as their views on doping.
Also honoured was local supporter Bob Cameron of Robert Cameron Law Corp., who received an award for his longstanding support of cycling in Victoria.
MC Jeff King interviews the Panel (l-r) Leah Kirchmann, Michael Woods, Alex Stieda.
(l-r) Ryan Anderson, Adam de Vos, Ben Perry
Alex Stieda (l) and Ron Hayman