The Ontario Cycling Association [OCA] is excited to announce its High Performance Track Program for the 2018-2019 Season. In consultation with Cycling Canada, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario [CSIO], and provincial club coaches, the OCA will be expanding track programming with a tiered system to provide additional training opportunities for athletes tracking towards international success. These training opportunities are intended to be an enhancement of club/personal coach training.
The OCA will continue to develop its Teams of Ontario programs, while providing more opportunities for individual development and skill acquisition to build well rounded athletes. In addition to the High Performance Program, the OCA will also run Skill Workshops aimed towards developing technical skills that can be applied in all types of race situations.
The OCA is thrilled to have a variety of coaches leading different groups within the program, providing a wealth of knowledge and experience, including Olympian and World medallist, Annie Foreman-Mackey, who will lead the HP Training Group. Returning coaches Rick Lee [NCCH], David Jack [NCIM], and Art Adams [Kallisto FCV] will continue to lead the Teams of Ontario programs, and Kelyn Akuna (Former US National Team Member) will lead the skills/sprint workshops.
Summary of Programs:
High Performance Training Group
Focusing on individual development and skill acquisition in a high performance setting, this group will meet bi-weekly for track sessions and weekly for strength and conditioning sessions led by a CSIO strength coach. Olympian and World’s Medallist, Annie Foreman-Mackey, will coach/mentor athletes involved in this program. As a holistic program, athletes will also have access to additional services throughout the season (regular individual meetings with mental performance consultant, dietician, physio/massage/chiro). These athletes will also be invited to take part in OCA’s warm weather camp in February.
Teams of Ontario – Tier 1
Building upon success of previous year’s camp based format for the Teams of Ontario program, athletes will focus on team pursuit/team sprint training. This group will meet for camps, as well as additional training sessions, to encourage consistency and regular training to fine tune skills and development. This group will also include athletes in the HP Training Group.
Teams of Ontario – Tier 2
This group will provide a camp based format to introduce and refine team skills and training for a larger group of athletes. Athletes will have the opportunity to progress into Tier 1 programming based on their training, testing, and racing results.
In an effort to improve the technical skills of all Ontario track cyclists, Skills Workshops will be integrated into HP, Tier 1 and Tier 2 programming. On Skill Workshop days, all athletes will join together for board room sessions, and on-track skill development sessions. Emphasis will be put on achieving technical excellence in many facets of track racing.
Athletes interested in participating in OCA programming for the upcoming season should complete the Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/9MqejAfgNzNhPPXi2 by no later than September 1, 2018.
Any questions about the OCA Track Program can be directed to Joseph Veloce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ontario Cycling Association will be hosting its annual February Endurance Camp to assist high performance athletes with building early-season base miles leading into the 2019 season. The location is tentatively planned for Girona, Spain from February 10 – 24. The primary focus will be on athletes who have demonstrated a potential for selection to international competition [e.g. U19/U23 World Championships] and commitment to pursue cycling to a national team level. At this time, we are asking athletes interested in this project to please complete the application found within the link below to assist us in planning the details of the camp.
CAMP DETAILS [tentative]
Location: Girona, Spain
Dates: February 10 -24, 2019 [tentative]
Camp Size: 8-10 athletes; 2-3 coaches/staff
Coaching Staff: Rob Holmgren (lead), other staff TBA
Cost: $650 + flight [estimate only]
Includes: Accommodation, internal transportation, coaching/support, off-bike training [gym/workshops]
Application Deadline: October 31, 2018