August 17, 2007 (Whistler, BC) – The National Downhill Cycling Foundation of Canada (NDCFC) and the 2007 National DH cycling team are making history this month! The team is facing the reality of having no funding! The Canadian Cycling Association will offer no direct funding to the downhill cycling discipline which is in line with the levels of funding the CCA receives from Sport Canada – the protocol is to support Olympic sports and downhill cycling is not an Olympic sport.
With 10 members on the National DH Team and no funding, manager/coach Chris Colbeck and the athletes have come up with a way to help themselves and the future of the sport! All are trying to travel to the biggest event of the year, the 2007 World MTB DH Championships in Fort William, Scotland on September 8-9.
Chris Colbeck manager/coach of the 2007 National DH cycling team and former member himself is heading up the National Downhill Cycling Foundation of Canada or NDCFC. “I will not sit back and watch the athletes struggle year after year after year financially! It paralyzes the future growth of the sport. We have organized a major fund raiser in Vancouver, BC to help the athletes,” said Colbeck. Read on for fund-raiser & athlete details:
National Downhill Cycling Foundation of Canada Fund Raiser
Event Location:Downtown, Vancouver, BC.
Split venue/one night only! Full Moon!
Dinner: Semi Formal 3-course meal
Date: August 28, 2007
Place: Fiddlehead Joes on the water www.fiddleheadjoeseatery.com
Price: $125 – limited number of tickets are available!
Band & Party Featuring the band YUCA www.YUCA.ca
Date: August 28, 2007
Time: 9pm — Closing
Place: The Plaza Club Grandville St, Vancouver www.plazaclub.net/
Price: $15 in advance or $20 at the door ~ Includes 1 Shot at the door & $4.50 Domestic Beers & Highballs all night long!
Introducing the 2007 Canadian National Downhill Cycling Team
– Micayla Gatto ~ North Vancouver, BC. 2x World Championships Jr. Bronze Medalist
– Luke Kitzanuk ~ Montreal, QuÃ©bec. 3x Canada Cup Champion, 07 National Champion
– Anne Laplante ~ Hull, QuÃ©bec. 2007 National Jr. Champion
– Hans Lambert ~ St Bruno, QuÃ©bec. 2007 National Jr. Champion
– Claire Buchar ~ North Vancouver, BC. 5x National Team Member
– Jeff Beatty ~ Whistler, BC. 2x National Team Member 2001 Jr. National Champion
– Miranda Miller ~ Squamish, BC. 2006 U17 National Champion
– Steve Smith ~ Nanaimo, BC. 2006 Jr. National Champion, NZ World Championships 6th
– Tyler Morland ~ Prince George, BC. 3x National Team Member 2005 National Champ
– Steve Chan ~ Nanaimo, BC. 2x National Team Member 2005 Jr. National Champ
– Chris Colbeck ~ Milton, Ontario 2x National Team Member 7x National Team Coach
– Mike Rothdram ~ Kirkland, Quebec 5x National Team Mechanic & Team Rocky Mt.
For more information please visit our web site www.NDCFCanada.com or contact Chris Colbeck directly.
National DH Cycling Team Manager
PO Box 960 Whistler, BC. V0N1B0 Canada