Youth Development Program

Our program provides a structured environment for youth cyclists to develop skills and riding opportunities that encourage a lifelong passion for cycling. This is an inclusive program, suitable for a wide range of cycling abilities and interests, from recreational riding to racing. Below are descriptions of the program streams in road, mountain biking and cyclocross that are each progressive and complementary in nature.

Program Objectives

  • To provide a premier youth cycling program that develops riding, racing, maintenance and safety skills in a fun setting that builds a lifelong passion for the sport.
  • To provide the opportunity for youth riders to push their limits so as to achieve and celebrate their full potential.

Road Program

Our spring/summer road sessions teach the skills for youth to handle a bike, ride in groups, learn traffic safety, improve fitness, and have fun doing so. Youth will also have the opportunity to push their limits in supported touring and racing events starting in May and continuing through the spring and summer.

Program details

  • Spring session: April 15 – June 24
  • Summer session: July 5 – August 26
  • Time: Saturdays 9-11am and Wednesdays 6:30-8pm
  • Locations:
    • Central: Experimental Farm (Wed) and Centre Asticou (Sat)
    • West: Stittsville (Wed) and Kanata School (Sat), exact locations TBD
    • East *NEW in 2023*: Orleans, exact locations TBD
  • Program fee:
    • Individual Spring or summer sessions
      • Ages 6-8 (2015 to 2017 year of birth): $80 (plus HST)
      • Ages 9-18 (2005 to 2014 year of birth): $115 (plus HST)
    • Combined spring and summer session
      • Ages 6-8 (2015 to 2017): $140 (plus HST)
      • Age 9-18 (2005 to 2014): $210 (plus HST)
NOTES: 
  • Interested parents are invited and encouraged to ride with the program to provide additional support to our coaches but are required to be members of the OBC to do so. Parents who are not riding with the program do not need to be an OBC member.
  • For riders 13-years of age an older, a road, gravel or cyclocross bicycle with curved “drop” style handlebars is required.
  • Sessions for which there are insufficient registrations or coaching support available will be canceled with the option for either full refund or transfer to another available session.
  • For those riders (11-18 years of age, 2005 to 2012 yob) with a particular interest in competition, and eventually progressing to the Youth Racing Program, a Youth Development Program Plus registration option is available that includes, in addition to the above, one further training session per week (Tuesdays, 6:15-8pm, Asticou). Please contact the Youth Road Co-ordinator if you would like more details.
  • Through the registration process, in addition to the program fee, one must also purchase a club membership ($15) and, for insurance purposes, an Ontario Cycling license.

Mountain Bike Program

Our spring/summer mountain bike program is for cyclists 9-18 years of age. We will have fun developing cross-country skills and fitness suitable for a variety of mountain bike terrain in the National Capital Region. 

Program details

  • Spring session: April 17 – June 22
  • Summer session: July 3 – August 24
  • Time: Mondays 6:15-8pm and Thursdays 6:15-8pm
  • Locations: most sessions will run from Centre Asticou but other locations in the region will occasionally be used (e.g. while we wait for the Gatineau Park trails to open)
  • Program fee:
    • Individual Spring or summer sessions
      • Ages 9-18 (2005 to 2014 year of birth): $115 (plus HST)
    • Combined spring and summer session
      • Ages 9-18 (2005 to 2015): $210 (plus HST)
NOTES: 
  • Interested parents are invited and encouraged to ride with the program to provide additional support to our coaches but are required to be members of the OBC to do so. Parents who are not riding with the program do not need to be an OBC member.
  • A mountain bike with at least front wheel suspension and disc brakes is required. If uncertain, please contact the Youth MTB Co-ordinator below.
  • Sessions for which there are insufficient registrations or coaching support available will be canceled with the option for either full refund or transfer to another available session.
  • For those riders (11-18 years of age, 2005 to 2012 yob) with a particular interest in competition, and eventually progressing to the Youth Racing Program, a Youth Development Program Plus registration option is available that includes, in addition to the above, one further training session per week (Sundays, 9-11am, various locations in the area). Please contact the Youth MTB Co-ordinator if you would like more details.
  • Through the registration process, in addition to the program fee, one must also purchase a club membership ($15) and, for insurance purposes, an Ontario Cycling license.

Cyclocross Program

Come the autumn, our focus moves to cyclocross which involves riding on a variety of different terrains including pavement, wooded trails, grass, hills, twists, turns and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount and carry the bike while navigating an obstruction and remounting.

Registration Information

Registration will open at the beginning of February. Through a single online registration process you will purchase an OBC membership ($15), purchase an Ontario Cycling license, and select the desired program session option(s). As an example, for a 10 yr old rider, the total program cost for spring is then $115.00 program fee + $15.00 membership fee + $48.00 provincial race license = $178.00+ plus HST.

Contact Information

For questions regarding any aspect of the Youth Program, please contact the appropriate co-ordinator below: