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.
- 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.
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.
Mountain bike program
Returning after a successful first season in 2021, we will be offering a spring/summer 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.
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.
More program details, including dates, times and cost will be available in late January with registration opening in February. All riders (including any parents who accompany youth 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 provincial license), and select the the desired program session option(s).
For questions regarding any aspect of the Youth Program, please contact the Youth Program Director at email@example.com.