The OBC has been committed to supporting aspiring junior aged riders (17-18 years of age as of Dec. 31st) in the Ottawa/Gatineau region for over 30 years. We have developed many successful athletes who have gone on to represent Canada at the highest levels of the sport including World Championships, Olympic Games and the Tour de France. Our alumni include Gord Fraser, Ariane Bonhomme and Derek Gee, who recently won four won four gold medals at Track Nationals (http://www.cyclingcanada.ca/sport/track/news/derek-gee-wins-4-gold-medals-at-track-nationals/)
Our mission is to provide the highest quality racing program for junior cycling athletes. We will coach, inspire and develop each athlete's abilities in preparation to race provincially, nationally and internationally as senior racers. Through team-based training and racing, our program develops more than athletic ability, but also attributes such as integrity, honesty, passion and grit. We wish our athletes to become future ambassadors of the sport and ready for great things in life, both on and off the bike.
Key components to achieving our mission include providing:
- A holistic program that follows Long Term Athlete Development principles;
- Support for athletes to achieve and celebrate their full personal potential;
- Opportunities to contribute to and benefit from an extended cycling community; and
- The experience of being part of a cycling team in pursuit of team goals.
Our focus is on developing new and existing male and female junior cyclists who wish to train, prepare and race in road, track and cyclocross competitions. Races include local, regional and provincial events, as well as provincial and national championships. Entry to the team includes those from the region's established youth develpment programs as well as athletes who are interested in racing but are coming from another sport. Either way, athletes will be provided a personalized training plan tailored to one's strengths and weaknesses. Through training on one's own and at coached team sessions, athletes will learn to follow their training plan, compete as part of a team, and manage their time so that there is a healthy balance between cycling and life outside of cycling. The program's coaches will focus on teaching the skills required for road racing, as well as the tactics necessary to race successfully as part of a team.
Interested athletes are invited to contact the team's Head Coach to discuss the program in more detail. Athletes who choose to commit to joining the team will be required to register as member of the OBC, purchase an OCA license, arrange payment of the program fee, and purchase equipment for training and competition as needed.
Interested athletes are invited to contact the Junior Racing Team Head Coach to discuss the program in more detail. Athletes who proceed to join the team will be required to register as member of the OBC, purchase an OCA membership, race license, arrange payment of the program fee, and purchase equipment for training and competition as needed.
Junior Racing Team Contact
Shawn Clarke, Head Coach: E-mail
2018 Junior Racing Team
Head Coach: Shawn Clarke
Team Manager: Guillaume Lafleur