USA Cycling and USOC host high-level BMX technical course for Pan American coaches


PASO attendees line up at the top of the Supercross ramp
PASO attendees line up at the top of the Supercross ramp.

Chula Vista, Calif. (Dec. 13, 2013) — Last week, 25 coaches from the United States and Pan American countries assembled at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., for the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) High Level Technical Course focusing on BMX. The gathering was a collaborative effort between the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Cycling, and was funded by PASO.

Held from Dec. 1-6, BMX coaches and program directors from the following PASO countries attended the course: Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, and Suriname.

USA Cycling was responsible and took the lead on developing the coaching program, while the USOC handled the invitations and logistics for all the attending coaches. Led by James Herrera, USA Cycling’s national BMX coach, and Jamie Staff, USA Cycling high performance director of BMX, the course offered presentations, training, and demonstrations with dual goals of providing a stepping stone to begin a BMX program as well as to enhance already established programs.

Jamie Staff and Connor Fields demo gate starts
Jamie Staff and Connor Fields demo gate starts.

“I was thrilled to have the opportunity to help coordinate, share knowledge, and become better acquainted with our PASO coaching colleagues,” said Herrera. “It's incredibly encouraging to see the passion for BMX and its development in these nations. Our entire USA Cycling team did a phenomenal job of fostering the growth of our sport.”

Additional presentations from USOC staff were provided by senior sports dietitian Liz Broad, athletic trainer Hannah Gaveske, and sport psychologist Lindsey Thornton. Presentations and BMX skills demonstrations were also provided by 2012 U.S. Olympic team members Connor Fields and Arielle Martin, as well as young elite riders Jared Garcia, Nick Koehler and Jordan Miranda.

View a photo gallery from the course.

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