MTB Assessment Camp#1

June 22, 2019 all-day
Hardwood Ski and Bike
Rob Holmgren

MTB Assessment Camp#1

The OCA will be hosting a MTB Assessment Camp for all interested MTB athletes ages 13-22.  The intention is to provide an opportunity for talent identification, provide athletes with feedback on strengths and areas of improvement, and help build a province-wide training pool of aspiring MTB athletes.

The assessment will also be a first-step in the selection process for the 2021 Canada Games for those age eligible [see document below]. 

Canada Games Age Eligibility: Athletes born between 2001- 2005 [age 16-19 in 2021]

Team Ontario Canada Games Document [please review for complete details]

REGISTER HERE [Deadline June 12th]


The Summer Canada Games is a two-week multi-sport event taking place every four (4) years. Athletes represent their province with the provincial sport organizations having the responsibility to select the athletes to represent Ontario in their respective sport. In 2021, the Canada Games will be held in the Niagara Area and include the sports of Mountain Bike [XCO, Team Relay, Eliminator] and Road Cycling [Time Trial, Road Race, Criterium].

Preparation for the 2021 Canada Games will begin in 2019 with camp and competition opportunities for talent identification and creation of a Canada Games athlete pool. Initial selection criteria will be posted in early 2020 with revision for final selection criteria by early 2021.


  • Provide a comprehensive evaluation of all eligible Ontario athletes through a variety of camp and competition opportunities.
  • Select athletes which provide the best opportunity for medal potential across all elements of the competition
  • Represent Ontario and the Ontario Cycling Association in a positive manner, demonstrating sportsmanship and respect to all competitions, coaches, and officials
  • Maximize cycling’s contribution to the Team Ontario medal standings



All athletes attending a Canada Games Talent ID/Assessment Camp will be considered for selection. Athletes unable to attend a Canada Games Camp will be considered if they have completed an athlete application and provide information to coaches when requested.


Talent Identification and assessments will begin in June 2019 and conclude in May 2021. A more detailed timeline is provided on the following page [subject to change]

Athletes will be selected into Canada Games Identified Pool of five (5) male and five (5) female athletes* at three dates: October 2019; October 2020; May 2021. Final Team selection of three (3) male and three (3) female athletes take place May/June 2021.

Canada Games Identified Pool

Athletes selected into the Pool will be prioritized for specific OCA projects. Non-selection to the Pool will not exclude athletes from being selected to attend projects [application and selection process to be posted with each project]. Athletes within the Pool must also be demonstrating their commitment to training and fitness.

Pool Selection Criteria

The top four (4) highest scoring athletes using the Athlete Assessment Tool* along with one (1) athlete who may be selected as a coach/committee choice [despite not being the next highest scoring athlete] will be invited into the pool.

*Found at end of Team Ontario Canada Games document [subject to modification]