Ontario Youth Cup Road Series
Bridging the Gap
A gap in youth cycling opportunities was identified two years ago. To address this issue the OCA created a brand new road series that allows youth between the ages 9-16 to experience the speed and thrills of road racing. The series focuses on participation and fun. The series continued to grow in 2009 with more youth riders and higher quality events around the Province. The series is driven at the grass roots support from racers, parents, clubs and officials.
Youth Skills Challenge
Open to youth aged 9 – 16 as of Dec. 31, 2015
|CATEGORY*||AGE||BIRTH YEAR||ROAD DISTANCE**||TT DISTANCE**|
|CADET U17 Boy/Girl||15-16||1999-2000||25-30KM||2 – 4 KM|
|MINIME U15 Boy/Girl||13-14||2001-2002||20-25KM||2 – 4 KM|
|PEEWEE U13 Boy/Girl||11-12||2003-2004||10-15KM||1 – 2 KM|
|SQUIRT Boy/Girl||9-10||2005-2006||5-10KM||1- 2 KM|
* Age and boy/girl categories may be combined depending on field size.
** The distances are suggested and may be adapted to individual courses.
The participants shall possess an OCA citizen permit or be a member of an affiliated club.
Youth Cup – Stage race for youth featuring a time trial and road race. Placing is based on combined points from the TT and road race for a general classification (GC) result. These races will be awarded maximum series points. In the event that the points are tied the winner will be determined by who has the higher result in the road race.
Series Points per Race
The series winner in each age group will be mailed an engraved plaque. Any ties will be decided at the series finale.
As is usual in other cycling sports the final race or a designated “championship” race determines the champion in each age group. This season the “Championship” race is the Toourism London Youth GP September 13th.
The wearing of an approved helmet is mandatory. However, aero helmets are not permitted. Cycling gloves are strongly recommended. The participants are encouraged to ride on a road-racing bicycle however other suitable bicycles may be utilized. No aero bars are permitted. All equipment must be in good repair, have adequate tires and operating brakes.
New for 2015, the Ontario Road Youth Cup Series will be “rolling out” gear check at all Youth Cup events. It has been considered for the past few seasons however, for 2015 we have decided to implement the rule for the following reasons:
- To ensure a fair and equal competitive basis for all involved
- To limit the competitive advantage of athletes who mature early
- To increase the relative importance and thereby development of racing tactics
- To encourage development of technique and ability to produce power at high cadence
- To reduce the risk of overuse injuries
All athletes racing in the U17, U15, U13 and U11 categories will be rolled out at Cycling Canada’s distance for U17 riders, of 7.12 meters. We encourage everyone to have their bike set up in time for the first Youth Cup of the season! The OCA is going to try to have a mechanic on site to help out those athletes who have issues with their gearing at the first event.
Gear ratios that work include (distance is approximate and actual rollout will depend on tire size):
50 x 15 = approx. 7.0m
52 x 16 = approx. 6.8m
53 x 16 = approx. 7.0m
U17 athletes racing up at the Ontario Cup Junior level will be permitted to use Junior gearing (7.93m or 52 x 14) however U19 athletes upgraded to the Ontario Cup Elite level will still be required to use Junior gears.