Youth Development Program

The OBC Youth Development 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 cylocross 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.
  • To provide opportunities to experience being part of a team that works together whether in training, touring or racing so as to grow together in fitness, health, character and self-discipline. 

Road program

The core of our programming is the spring/summer road sessions where we 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 the limits in supported touring and racing events starting in May and continuing through the spring and summer.

Program details

  • Spring session: April 18- June 27
  • Summer session July 4 - August 29
  • Time: Sundays 9-11am and Wednesdays 6:30-8pm
  • Locations:
    • Central option: Experimental Farm (Wed) and Centre Asticou (Sun) and other occasional locations - Spring Session is FULL
    • Kanata option: New in 2021!
  • Fees:
    • Spring or summer sessions
      • Ages 6-8 (2013 to 2015 year of birth): $70 (plus HST)
      • Ages 9-18 (2003 to 2012 year of birth): 100 (plus HST)
    • Combined spring and summer session
      • Ages 6-8 (2013 to 2015): $120 (plus HST)
      • Ages 9 to 18 (2003 to 2012): $180 (plus HST)

NOTE: For riders 6-8 years of age, a parent is required to become a club member and accompany their child in order to facilitate adherence to COVID safety measures.

Mountain bike program

New in 2021, we will be offering a cross-country mountain bike program for experienced cyclists 9-18 years of age. We will have fun developing skills and fitness using a variety of mountain bike terrain in the National Capital Region and will support those athletes interested in racing.

 

 

 

 


 

Program details

  • Spring session: April 17 - June 26
  • Summer session: July 3 - August 28
  • Time: Mondays and Thursdays 6:15-8pm, Saturdays 9-11am
  • Locations: various start locations in the region including Centre Asticou, Experimental Farm, Kanata Lakes, Green's Creek, Stoney Swamp, etc.
  • Fees:
    • Spring or summer session
      • Ages 9-12 (2009 to 2012 year of birth) Mondays and Thursday only: $80 (plus HST)
      • Ages 13-18 (2003 to 2008 year of birth): $100 (plus HST)
    • Combined spring and summer session
      • Ages 9-12 (2009 to 2012 year of birth) Mondays and Thursday only: $140 (plus HST)
      • Ages 13-18 (2003 to 2008 year of birth): $180 (plus HST)

Cyclocross

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.

Program details

  • Fall session: September 8 - October 9
  • Time: 
    • 12 plus (2003 to 2009 year of birth) - Wednesdays 6-7:30pm and Sundays 9-11am
    • Under 12 (2010 to 2013 year of birth) - Thursdays 6-7:30pm and Sundays 9-11am
  • Locations: Various centrally located parks in the Arboretum, Experimental Farm, Mooney's Bay, Vincent Massey Park and Britannia Beach Park
  • Fees $40 (plus HST)

Registration information

All riders (including parents who accompany riders) must be members of the OBC. Parents who are not riding with the program do not need to be an OBC member. Through a single online registration process you will purchase an OBC membership ($15), purchase an Ontario Cycling Association membership (citizen permit is usually the best option unless planning to race frequently in which case a UCI license is the most economical), and select and purchase the desired youth program option(s).

REGISTER HERE

Contact Information

For questions regarding any aspect of the Youth Program, please contact the Youth Program Director at youth@ottawabicycleclub.ca.