Cycling will be dominating the sporting scene once again this summer, as the Ontario Cycling Association is proud to announce that the 2018 Ontario Summer Games will be taking place August 2-5, in London, Ontario! Both Road and Mountain Bike events will take place, featuring athletes, ages 13 to 17, from all regions in Ontario, competing against fellow provincial athletes. Many of Ontario’s best young cyclists have used Ontario Summer Games as a springboard to National success.
The Mountain Bike portion of the Games will be based out of Boler Mountain, and consist of a Team Relay, Cross Country Race, Eliminator, and Short Track race. The location of the Road portion of the Games is yet to be announced however it will consist of a Criterium, Sprint Challenge, Road Race and Team Time Trial.
The Ontario Summer Games form an integral part of the OCA’s strategy to develop young riders. One of the primary targets within the High Performance program, is to develop riders who are competitive at the Canada Summer Games (CSG). Therefore, it is important that we see athletes compete in the Ontario Summer Games as a prelude to the Canada Summer Games, as the athletes competing within CSG, are typically between the ages of 16 to 23.
48 riders from Mountain Bike and 55 riders for Road, representing the following regional breakdown below, will be a priority for the 2018 Games. Both the Mountain Bike and road portion of the Games will have a team based component this year.
*Please note regional allocation may be adjusted depending on the number of participants per region
The OCA encourages athletes who wish to be a part of the 2018 Ontario Summer Games submit an Expression of Interest at the below link, no later than Friday May 18th and review the qualification process for each road and mountain bike.
Qualifying spots are identified based on age-eligible and submitted EOIs. The 1st place qualifier becomes the winning time in which the remaining qualifying athletes must be within 3-5%. Previously qualified athletes will not be removed from the results/standings.
Within MTB, the highest level age category will be applied to results when determining qualifying athletes. The following men and women’s categories will be considered: Junior Expert, Cadet Expert and Minime.
Coach Development at Ontario Summer Games
The opportunity for coaches to gain experience at Ontario Summer Games is very crucial in the OCA coaching development model. Coaches will also have the opportunity to experience a multi-sport games, dealing with High Performance athletes at a “Train to Train” phase of their careers.
Coaches for the Ontario Summer Games in 2018 must be minimum Community Initiation certified and a licensed member of the Ontario Cycling Association. Interested coaches are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest form at the below link, no later than Friday May 18th and review the Coaches Identification Process document.
For any questions regarding the Ontario Summer Games, please contact the OCA Events Department at 416-855-1717 or firstname.lastname@example.org