Kristina Bangma – Owner and Founder
In 2009, when Neil McKinnon told me they were going to organize a ride from Vancouver to Whistler, I started a training group for my clients to prepare them for this crazy idea! After riding in the first Granfondo event in 2010, I realized that Vancouver had a real need for a club that could teach new riders the technique and training required to complete these types of events.
My goal was to make it easy for any new rider to be able to enter the cycling scene and leave our club with the confidence and fitness to ride in any event of their choosing.
My past riding experience started early at the age of 16 when I bought my first bright, red, Trek 1500. It turned out to be the first of many bikes and the start of many years of bike racing including; xc mountain biking, downhill mountain biking, triathlon, Ironman, crits, and then eventually the fondo and longer distances.
After being diagnosed with a genetic heart condition in 2016, I no longer race. But I still enjoy participating in a few charity events with my Club Members and watching their progress and success.
Currently the club has grown to it’s maximum capacity of 120 members from Beginner to Advanced. Every year, it is always exciting to watch the riders learn and progress from season to season. They are so excited and jazzed that it is infectious.
- NCCP Triathlon Coach
- NCCP Road Cycling Coach
- Sports Nutrition Specialist – Optimum Health for Life
- BCRPA (British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association) Certified Personal Trainer
- Excel Fitness Inc. Indoor Cycling Instructor
- Diploma from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy
- Red Cross First Aid and CPR certified
I believe that with the proper training, nutrition, sleep, state of mind and injury prevention there are no limits to what anyone can achieve.
As a Mechanical Engineer, understanding aerodynamics, energy, power, strength and moving systems became my specialty. The human body is no different than any other system, it is simply more complex.
My athletic career started with competitive swimming. I didn’t pick up cycling until 2006 when I raced my first sprint distance triathlon. I was hooked and wanted more. I learned from swimming, that if I wanted to succeed in this new sport, I would need to change my training habits. My weekly training hours dramatically increased from a mere 6 to 24 hours, and that was on top of working a full time job. The training paid off and I went from completing my first sprint triathlon to being a carded athlete.
I represented Canada in the 2009 and 2010 International Triathlon Union Pan American Cups as well as the 2010 World Master Games in Sydney.
Hard work, consistency, attention to detail and strong technical skills set the foundation for my training program and they are the same standards that I coach by.
Besides working full time with the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services and part time with Kits Energy, I also have an online bike coaching business called Peak Power Coaching. peakpowercoaching.com, training cyclists with Power Meters.
- NCCP cycling coach
- Advanced First Aid and CPR
Kelyn was Kits Energy’s first coach. In the early days, it was with his help that Kristina was able to expand and grow the club. Currently Kelyn is living in Ontario, managing the Milton Velodrome.
As we are a seasonal club, we are always looking for qualified coaches to join our Team. If you have experience coaching, teaching, racing or leading large groups of people, we would love to hear from you. Please note that all of our coaches are required to have the following current certifications.
- NCCP Coach In Training
- Red Cross First Aid and CPR w/AED
- Experience racing or experience coaching adults
If you would like to be a part of our Team and ride with this amazing group of people, please contact Kristina.
I have always had a love for sport. At 10 years old I was already swimming competitively, reaching National level by the age of 15. Since then, leading an active lifestyle was in my blood.
My passion and love for cycling came out of training for Ironman Canada (twice) and watching the Tour de France. Watching the tour led me to my next goal which was to one day travel to France and watch the Tour. I did one better and spent a full week following the Tour, riding the same routes in the Pyrenees.
I believe that the best training program is one that engages you with variety and ultimately ensures that you will improve. Now for the last five years my husband and I continue to travel to Europe every year. So far we have ridden the Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites, Picos and the Tuscan hills. These riding vacations are the events that keep me motivated to train and inspire me to want to continue to improve.
After 15 years working in the finance industry I decided to ride on a new path, as a Cycling Coach. I wanted to share my love for fitness and riding with like minded people. I believe that cycling is one of the most amazing sports where riders have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, see the sights, experience the thrill of riding and improve their fitness all through one single activity. If you can roll that into a vacation as well, what better way to stay fit and healthy – even as we age!
- NCCP cycling coach
- First Aid and CPR
After completing 5 Ironman events and 30 marathons, it isn’t unusual for people to ask me what it is about training and racing that keeps me coming back for more.
For me, race day is the icing on the cake. This day is the culmination of all my hard work, pushing my body to limits I never thought possible. I always tell people that if you want to race an Ironman or a marathon, you have to enjoy the training.
Training for Ironman opened up a whole new world for me in terms of cycling. I love the opportunity to explore new routes and I like to take advantage of the many fantastic rides we have on West Coast such as: The Canada Day Ride, STP, Axel Merckx and GranFondo Whistler just to name a few.
What I love most about coaching is sharing my passion and experience with new riders. I enjoy watching their skills develop and achieving their goal with a smile on their face. It is simply awesome!
When I’m not coaching on the road with Kits Energy you can find me in the gym as one of Kits Energy’s personal trainers or at my part time job as a dental hygienist.
- NCCP cycling coach
- First Aid and CPR
I was never what I’d call a sporty kid, maybe geek described me better. I didn’t think that I enjoyed sports or was all that good at them. Well, all that changed with a little encouragement and some good coaching.
In the early 90s, a friend suggested I come out for a ‘bike ride’ with some of his friends. I was shattered after 15k and was hooked at the same time. I spent several years learning the do’s and don’ts of cycling from some experienced riders and a great coach. I finally understood that a lot of what I thought ‘just came naturally’ could also be learned (and taught!).
To help battle the winter blues in Saskatchewan where riding wasn’t all that pleasant, I started swimming and doing some running at the indoor track. I soon added some duathlons and triathlons to my schedule and was hooked on sport a second time. 25 years later I’m still at it with fitness an essential part of my daily life.
Cycling will always be my passion: the mechanics of the bike itself; the escape from the daily grind, the wind blowing in my face, the excitement of a new destination and the satisfaction of doing it all ‘self-propelled’.
I was very fortunate in those early years with some experienced riders and a great coach teaching me how to enjoy myself, push my physical limits, and be safe and courteous while riding.
I suppose all of this is why I love helping people achieve their fitness goals. And as a coach that means lots of things to me: encouraging people to strive for more than they thought possible, teaching them techniques and drills to hone their skills, providing structure to their fitness, and being supportive and understanding of their non-sport lives.
We are all capable of amazing things; sometimes we just need some guidance getting there; that’s me; that’s what I do.
- NCCP cycling coach
- NCCP triathlon coach