Youth Program

The Ottawa Bicycle Club is one of the largest cycling clubs in Canada, with a long history of contributing to the development of young athletes. A key part of this success is our Youth Cycling Development Program. This program introduces younger riders (typically 5 to 16 years old) to cycling (road, track, and cyclocross) in a friendly and fun environment.  

Our mission is to develop youth bicycle riding, racing, maintenance, and safety skills through a fun setting to build a lifelong passion for the sport. 

  • This is an inclusive program: This program is suitable for a wide range of cycling abilities and interests, from casual riding to racing. Athletes will develop their skills to a point where coaches will encourage participation in at least one race.
  • We adhere to the National Coaching Certification Program Long Term Athlete Development principles and Cycling Canada Coaching Guidelines.
  • We are cycling safety focused in order to protect our children and to develop responsible members of the cycling community.

Sessions for 2017 have ended

Please join us for the Parents Info Session on Monday April 9th, 2018, 7pm to 9pm, at the Tom Brown Arena Hall, 141 Bayview Rd, Ottawa, ON K1Y 4M3

 

The OBC Youth Program offers learning events to support road cycling and cyclocross. We also encourage our riders to join us at one of the regular Track Cycling outings.  Try each of the three cycling disciplines supported in order to develop an appreciation for the differences and to improve overall bike handling skills.  

Youth Road Cycling 

Our season and membership are such that the most active period is April to the end of June, which is covered by our Spring Road learning event.  The Summer Road session covers school holidays from the beginning of July to the end of August. There are a number of great local races starting in May, our flagship event is the Preston Street Criterium on Father's Day, as well as the Cuisses D'Or series through the season. Events are held Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.  This program is open for athletes aged 5 to 16.

Spring Road Development Session

Athletes are divided into groups based on age and ability. Emphasis is placed on skills development.

  • Ages 5 to 16.

  • Saturday April to June. 

  • Saturday mornings 10-12, Wednesday evenings 6:30-8pm Starting in May.

  • Location: Asticou on Saturdays, Agricultural Museum on Wednesdays. 

 

Summer Road Development Session

Athletes are divided into groups based on age and ability. Emphasis is placed on skills development.

  • Ages 5 to 16.

  • Wednesday July to August. 

  • Wednesday evenings 6:30-8pm, Saturday mornings 9-11am.

  • Location: Asticou on Saturdays, Agricultural Museum on Wednesdays. 

  

Youth Intro to Cyclocross

This fall event introduces kids to cyclocross, as well as a refresher for those experienced in the sport. This event is tied to the Eastern Ontario Cyclocross Series and registration for the series is done separately. Training is held prior to the start of the Eastern Ontario Series.  This program is open for athletes aged 8 to 14.

  • Ages 8 to 14.

  • Two Sundays and Thursday evenings prior to the Eastern Ontario Cyclocross Series.

  • Locations: , Britannia Beach Park - Baseball Diamond #2 Parking Lot. , Mooney's Bay Park - Terry Fox Athletic Centre Parking Lot.

 

 

Youth Track

Piloted in 2016, OBC Youth Program athletes are invited to participate in monthly outings to regional velodromes in Bromont, Milton, or London. Supported by volunteer OBC Track Coaches, this program is open for athletes aged 10 to 16. Athletes need to be members of the Ottawa Bicycle Club to participate. For details, please contact Bill Bourne

Registration Information

Coming soon!

 

Contact Information

For questions, please contact Greg Douglas:E-mail

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