The OBC has a long history of contributing to the development of young athletes. A key part of this success is our Youth Program delivered by dedicated coaches and volunteers. The program introduces young riders (typically 5-18 years of age) to cycling (road, track and cyclocross) and develops their skills in a supportive, friendly, and fun environment.
Our mission is 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.
- This is an inclusive program, 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 provide the opportunity for youth riders to push their limits so as to achieve and celebrate their full potential.
- We 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.
- We adhere to the National Coaching Certification Program Long Term Athlete Development principles and Cycling Canada Coaching Guidelines.
- We encourage youth to be active in multiple sports and support the principle of 'active for life'. Graduates of the program may go on to competing either in cycling or another sport, active touring and recreational riding, and being a safe and competent bicycle commuter.
- We are cycling safety focused in order to protect our youth and develop responsible members of the cycling community.
Sessions for 2018
Please join us for the Parents Information Session on Monday April 9th, 2018, 7pm to 9pm, at the Tom Brown Arena Hall, 141 Bayview Rd, Ottawa
The program offers learning events to support to support road cycling, track and cyclocross. Trying each of these cycling disciplines is encouraged and supported in order to develop an appreciation for the differences and to improve overall bike handling skills.
Youth Road Cycling
Throughout the spring and summer, the program takes to the road teaching youth team members the skills to handle a bike, improve fitness and and fund doing so. Youth have the opportunity to push their limits in supported touring and racing events starting in May and continuing throughout the spring and summer. Regular training sessions are held on Wednesday evenings, Saturday mornings, and new for 2018, Sunday mornings..
Athletes are divided into groups based on age and ability, Emphasis is placed on skills and fitness development.
- Ages 5 to 18.
- Spring: Saturday April 14 to Sunday June 24.
- Summer: Wednesday July 4 to Sunday August 26.
- Time: Saturday mornings 9-11am (all ages) and in addition, starting in May, Wednesday evenings 6:30-8pm (all ages) and Sunday mornings 8-10am (ages 9-18 only).
- Location: variable but most frequently will include the Asticou Centre in Gatineau on Saturdays, which also give us access to the paths and roads in Gatineau Park and the Agricultural Museum at the Experimental Farm on Wednesdays.
Come the fall, the program switches to riding on the grass and trails of local parks to experience cyclocross riding. Youth (and interested parents) will be either introduced to the skills of cyclocross or, if experienced, partake in more advanced training. Sessions are held in advance of and can be tied to the Eastern Ontario Cyclocross Series, a regularly scheduled youth/family friendly series of Sunday events taking place form late September through November that will be fully supported by OBC coaches in partnership with Tekné (an Ottawa area bicycle team). Registration for the series is done separately.
- Ages 8 to 18.
- Approximately 4-6 sessions (exact dates TBD) prior to the Eastern Ontario Cyclocross Series.
- Locations: local parks including Britannia Beach Park, Mooneys Bay Park and the Arboretum.
In 2016, the program introduced regular opportunities for outings to regional velodromes in Bromont, Milton and London to introduce youth and adults to track cycling as well as work on enhancing the skills of veteran riders. Supported by volunteer OBC track coaches, these outings are open for Youth Program athletes aged 10 and up, their parents, and interested adult OBC members. Youth with sufficient skill and desire may participate in youth racing events. For additional information contact please contact Bill Bourne.
Registration options include our spring session covering the period from April to the end of June, our summer session covering the school holidays from the beginning of July to the end of August, or our full spring/summer session.
- Ages 5 to 8 (2010 to 2013): $55 before April 11, $70 after (plus HST)
- Ages 9 to 18 (2000 to 2009): $85 before April 11, $100 after (plus HST)
- Ages 5 to 8 (2010 to 2013): $50 before April 11, $65 after (plus HST)
- Ages 9 to 18 (2000 to 2009): $80 before April 11, $95 after (plus HST)
Combined Spring/Summer Road:
- Ages 5 to 8 (2010 to 2013): $95 before April 11, $110 after (plus HST)
- Ages 9 to 18 (2000 to 2009): $155 before April 11, $170 after (plus HST)
- Ages 8 to 18 (2010 to 2013): $20 before April 11, $35 after (plus HST)
All riders (including parents who accompany riders) must be members of the Ottawa Bicycle Club, and bring their membership cards with them at all registered events. Through a single online registration process you will purchase an OBC Membership, purchase an Ontario Cycling Association membership (citizen permit is usually the most appropriate option), and select and purchase the desired youth program option. Register Here!
For questions, please contact Noel Harrington, Director of the Youth Program:E-mail