Kelyn Akuna

Kits Energy Coach Kelyn

Kelyn Akuna

My goal is to help people realize their full potential.

As a result of my experiences I am very sensitive to the positive influence a knowledgeable coach can have on their athletes. Now that my focus has shifted away from Elite competition, I pride myself on working hard to provide the guidance and education that I once longed for.

I’m keenly aware that everyone’s journey is slightly different. We all began riding for different reasons and have different end goals but ultimately we all want to have a great ride, both physically and metaphorically.

For me cycling was always about going places. In the beginning it was mainly to and from school. Sadly, when I decided to get more serious about the sport, my enthusiasm was quickly diminished. At that time the development program for youth cyclists was virtually non-existent. I didn’t know how to train and I didn’t have access to any resources to help me learn. I simply gave up the bike. But as fate would have it, in 2003 I cancelled a backpacking trip in the Atlas mountains in favour of following the Tour de France. So with my interest rekindled, I joined the mountain bike team at my university and my career in cycling began.

I traveled all over California competing with the team. In 2005 I watched the World Track Cycling Championships in L.A. and it was at that race that I thought to myself, “These guys get to travel all over the world and ride their bikes. How awesome is that?!” and I made the switch to track riding. By 2007 I was on the US national team competing in Australia and the Caribbean. In 2008 I won a national title.

When I am not coaching with Kits Energy, I am the Director and Lead Instructor at the Burnaby Velodrome.

Credentials:

  • NCCP Community Initiation Learning Facilitator
  • NCCP Intro to Comp Learning Facilitator
  • NCCP Competition Development Coach In Training
  • NCCP Cycling Coach
  • Bike Fit certified
  • Track and Road cycling Skills and Tactics
  • Red Cross First Aid and CPR w/AED
  • Slowtwitch certified